NOT the job of BIS to make a standard from scratch.
Somebody like industry associations or activist bodies has to approach the BIS with a full standard. Only then BIS will set up a technical committee to examine this submission. This technical committee will look at similar foreign standards and either recommend or reject it. Then BIS will set up a drafting committee. This committee will essentially reformat this submission. Then a standards approval procedure is followed to turn this draft standard into an approved standard with BIS number etc. Then the standard publishing committee prints, catalogues and sells this new standard.
I would suggest to the activist to gain some knowledge about BIS organisation before indulging in loose talk at a public forum.
BIS is like a library. If somebody expresses a desire to read a particular book, then the library will purchase, catalogue and issue it. There is a procedure, approvals involved. So don't say that why this library does not have a book that I wanted. more
It is for the Industry to initiate and help the regulating institution in formulating proper standards and following these standards honestly to maintain quality and to ensure good quality products for the consumers. We, as responsible consumers, should not buy cheap products not certified by the regulating institution to encourage availability at reasonable prices of quality products in the market and discourage the manufacture and trade of substandard products more
It is for the Industry to initiate and help BIS in formulating proper standard. The Industry then should follow the standards honestly. BIS is not equipped to act as Policeman. If the Industry works ethically, substandard materials will disappear from the market. more
Nice clarification. BIS job is to ensure quality control and competitive efficiency. more
Pl. see my comment regarding their ability to enforce the standards... more
MOREOVER,SIMPLY HAVING A STANDARD IS NEVER GOING TO BE EFFECTIVE UNLESS THERE IS A DESIRE TO FOLLOW THE SAME.WATER IS A GLARING EXAMPLE.ALL BOTTLED WATER SPORT ISI MARK,BUT HOW MANY FOLLOW THE STANDARD.SECONDLY,IT SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD THAT ANY STANDARD SPECIFIES MINIMUM PERFORMANCE PARAMETERS AND DO NOT ENSURE BEST QUALITY. more
I tend to agree with Vinayak Rao - I was a member of one Technical Committee of BIS for a few years when I was in service with Nuclear Fuel Complex, Department of Atomic Energy. I was a member of the NDT committee...
Consumer activists can nominate some of their members to various BIS Committees and take a more active part in the preparation, revision of standards etc.
Enforcement of standards is another aspect and BIS is frankly not equipped to deal with that...they come into picture only when ISI mark is to be stamped on the product or package and their capacity to do in-depth inspection for certification. more