The Lok Sabha on 3 December 2015 passed the Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015 to establish the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as a National Standards Body.
The bill seeks to establish harmonious development of standardization and assessment and quality assurance of goods, processes and services.
Highlights of the Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015
• The bill broadens BIS’ ambit, and allow the Union Government to make it mandatory for certain notified goods, articles and processes to carry the standard mark.
• It allows multiple types of conformity assessment schemes in tune with best global practices.
• It contains provision to make misuse of Standard mark as a cognizable offence.
• Contravention of provisions of the law will attract imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine of at least one lakh rupees.
• The fine and imprisonment may go up further depending on the value of goods produced or sold or applied with standard mark including hallmark.
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Who: Lok Sabha
When: 3 December 2015