Consumers to ensure they purchase Products bearing ISI Mark

Over 450 products under the ambit of mandatory certification

For a number of products, compliance to Indian Standards is made compulsory by the Government of India taking into cognizance various considerations viz. public interest, protection of human, animal or plant health, safety of environment, prevention of unfair trade practices and national security.

As on date, over 450 products are under the ambit of mandatory certification.

Consumers must ensure that they purchase these products bearing ISI Mark.

The key consumer products under mandatory certification include Cement, Electric iron, Electric immersion water heater, Domestic Food Mixer, Switches, Helmets, Domestic Pressure Cookers, Automotive tyres, Tubes, Packaged drinking water, LPG stoves, LPG cylinders, Toys etc. The key consumer electronic products under compulsory certification include Mobile phones, Laptops, TV, Power adapters, Power banks, Digital camera etc.

For these products, the Government makes it mandatory for manufacturers to follow Indian Standards and obtain BIS certification. The Indian Standards formulated by BIS form the basis for Product Certification Schemes, which provide Third Party Assurance of Quality of products to consumers.

BIS implements Quality Control Orders (QCOs) issued by the Government which ensure that the notified products conform to the requirements of the relevant Indian Standard(s).

The information on QCOs issued by the Central Government can be obtained from BIS website (www.bis.gov.in) under the following link Conformity Assessment -> Product Certification -> Products under Compulsory Certification.

After the date of commencement of the QCO, no person can manufacture, import, distribute, sell, hire, lease, store or exhibit for sale any product(s) covered under the QCO without a Standard Mark except under a valid certification from BIS. As the QCOs are equally applicable to Indian manufacturers as well as foreign manufacturers, the Indian consumers are assured of the quality of such products manufactured in India as well as imported to the country.

QCOs are issued by various Line Ministries (Regulators) under the Central Government depending upon the product(s)/ product categories being regulated through the Order, after having stakeholder consultations. Any person who contravenes the provisions of the Order shall be punishable under the provisions of sub-section (3) of section 29 of the BIS Act, 2016 with imprisonment or with fine or with both.

Source: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1847501
Posted On: 02 AUG 2022 5:57PM by PIB Delhi

Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2022

Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2022 – Notification – 34456/2022/REGULATION-FSSAI

FSSAI has issued a Notification (34456/2022/REGULATION-FSSAI) containing draft of certain regulations which the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India proposes to make in super session of the Food Safety and Standards (Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dietary Use, Food for Special Medical Purpose, Functional Food and Novel Food) Regulations, 2016

These regulations may be called the Food Safety and Standards (Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dietary Use, Food for Special Medical Purpose, and Prebiotic and Probiotic Food) Regulations, 2022.

Articles of food falling under these regulations are specially processed or formulated for specific nutritional or dietary purpose and shall be clearly distinguishable from foods intended for normal consumption by their special composition.

Categories covered under these regulations include: (a) Health Supplements (HS) (b) Nutraceuticals (Nutra) (c) Food for Special Dietary Use (FSDU) (d) Food for Special Medical Purpose(FSMP) (e) Prebiotic food and Probiotic food (Pre-Pro)

The draft regulations shall be taken into consideration after the expiry of the period of sixty days from the date on which copies of the Gazette containing this notification are made available to the public.

Objections or suggestions, if any, may be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, FDA Bhawan, Kotla Road, New Delhi- 110002 or sent on email at regulation@fssai.gov.in

Source link: https://www.fssai.gov.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/Draft_Notification_Health_29_06_2022.pdf

Training Program in Social Science and Public Health Research Ethics

Short-Duration Intensive Training Program in
Social Science and Public Health Research Ethic

Greetings from Health, Ethics, and Law (HEaL) Institute for Training, Research and Advocacy; and Forum for Medical Ethics Society (FMES), Mumbai.

We with our co-hosts –  Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (Deemed to be University), Mumbai and  Vidhayak Trust, Pune – are pleased to announce our flagship ‘Short-Duration Intensive Training Program in Social Science and Public Health Research Ethics’ on Tuesday between September 6, 2022, and October 25, 2022, (Every Tuesday during this period between 1600 and 1930 hrs on a at virtual platform.). Please note that all sessions will be live ones steered by experts allowing direct interactions between course participants and the faculty and course directors. These are not pre-recorded sessions.

Important dates:

Closing date for receipt of application forms: Monday, August 15, 2022

Selection notification to applicants: Thursday, August 25, 2022

Training program: Tuesdays between September 6 and October 25, 2022

About the course: The course curriculum has a legacy of 15 years to which a number of scholars including those trained in bioethics have contributed. Over time they developed research ethics case studies from the Indian context. These serve as one of the key resources for the course.  Because these are live sessions (and not pre-recorded), content of each session is carefully curated to cover contemporary issues and ethical dilemmas building on the most recent scholarship in the concerned thematics.

The course aims to equip course participants with knowledge and skills in research ethics. They would serve on significant human resources to take the learnings to their own ecosystem and facilitate knowledge transfer in research ethics.

This ethics training would help to develop an ability to use moral judgment. This training is aimed at enabling public health students and researchers; and public health practitioners to apply public health ethics frameworks and principles to reason out new, difficult, or ambiguous cases/situations/scenarios toward resolving the issue at hand in morally discerning ways.

Please find enclosed the program brochure and flyer for your ready reference. Watch out for the space on FMES’s HEaL Institute website (https://fmesinstitute.org/) for updates such as session faculty, and additional webinars on special themes.

For any further questions or clarification, please write to us at fmescentre.events@gmail.com or

call on Mob.: 7506265856

Source Link : https://fmesinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/SSPHRE.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=sendpress&utm_campaign

Contact :
Dr Sunita Sheel, Director, HEaL Institute, Mumbai
Prof Srijit Mishra, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, (Deemed to be University), Mumbai
Forum for Medical Ethics Society
O-18, Nav Bhavna Premises Co-operative Society Ltd.
422 Veer Savarkar Marg, Prabhadevi
Mumbai 400 025, India

MDR 17 – An Interactive Session with Regulators

Industry, Startups & Innovators Support Session with Regulators on Licensing Requirements for Medical Device Manufacturers, Startups & Innovators in Tamilnadu – MDR 17

Session Topic : Ease Of Doing Business – Industry & Startups Support Session on Licensing Requirements – MDR 17

Date : 23rd July 2022 Saturday
Time : 3 pm – 5 pm
Meeting : Online Meeting

Program Objective:
Medical Device Industry in India is brought under full regulatory purview and industry has to show compliance to the Regulatory announcements made to this effect, from time to time.

Operators dealing with Risk Category Class A and B devices come under the purview of State Licensing Authorities and those dealing with Risk Category Class C & D devices come under the purview of Central Licensing Authority.

Medical Device Manufacturers, Innovators, Startups of Tamilnadu have requested for interactive sessions with Central and State Licensing Authorities and other stakeholders like BIS etc to guide them to implement the regulatory requirements better.

AIMED which is the voice for Indian Medical Device Manufacturers in the country and NHHID – Anna University , a National Hub for Healthcare Instrumentation Development, and Bureau of Indian Standards have collectively agreed to organize periodical sessions for the benefit of the industry and startups, innovators of Tamilnadu.

Target Audience

Medical Device Manufacturers, Innovators, Startups in Medical Device, MedTech space, Academia, Technology Business Incubators, Innovation Hubs, Medical Device Testing Laboratories, Healthcare services organisations – Hospitals, Diagnostics Centers , and other healthcare businesses, stakeholders to Conformity Assessment, Government organizations etc from Tamilnadu

Program Details:

Session would be conducted as Online Meeting, an interactive engagement with Manufacturers, Innovators, Startups .

There is NO REGISTRATION FEE. However , prior registration is a must.

For Enquiries about the Program :
Ms Rama Venugopal, Jt Coordinator,
AIMED – South India
jt.coordinator.south@aimedindia.com

Hub Co-ordinator
NHHID Hub, Anna University, Chennai
au.nhhid@gmail.com
For more details about the NHHID, Anna University , pls visit – https://www.nhhid.org

Launch of New Self Assessment Tool by Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

Sustainable Procurement Checklist – New Self Assessment Tool Launched by Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network is launching a new Self Assessment Checklist ”Sustainable Procurement Checklist”, a new tool exclusive for its members.

With the Checklist, organizations can assess their progress in developing a sustainable procurement program, compare results against best practices and identify priority areas to focus on.

The Checklist allows health care institutions to obtain a snapshot assessment of their current procurement program and receive guidance on strategies to continue to improve and progress via the Sustainable Procurement Guide, our comprehensive resource for health care organizations to build a best-in-class sustainable procurement program.

To familiarise its members, GGHH will be hosting a webinar with two sessions to accommodate a variety of time zones. Both sessions will be recorded and require registration prior to the event.

To know more, Sign up now!  
https://t.co/wXUzPq3Dpp

Single use Plastic Ban in India

Notification on Ban on the use of Single use Plastics by the Union Environment Ministry

A ban on the use of single-use plastics that was notified by the Union Environment Ministry on August 2021 came into effect on July 1 this year

According to the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021 notified by the Central Government, the manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of following single-use plastics including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene will be prohibited with effect from July 1, 2022.

> Ear buds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene (thermocol) for decoration;

> Plates, cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives, straw, trays, wrapping or packing films around sweet boxes, invitation cards, and cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners less than 100 microns and stirrers

Penalties under Plastic & Thermocol Notification

As per the Act, failure to comply with the provisions is punishable with imprisonment which may extend to five years with a fine which may extend to Rs 1 lakh or with both.

In case the violations are repeated, an additional fine which may extend to five thousand rupees for every day during which such violation continuous may be imposed. Link for an illustrated guide book published by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board is given below:

ISO Annual Meeting 2022

Global challenges and technological developments and understand the potential of standards

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for ISO’s must-attend event of the year!

The ISO Annual Meeting is the keystone event in the ISO calendar featuring thematic sessions, networking opportunities, the ISO General Assembly, and much more…

Join a conversation exploring today’s most important global challenges and technological developments and understand the potential of standards as accelerators of change for good.

Connect and network with national standard bodies, industry leaders and international organizations from around the world.

Sign up now – https://lnkd.in/eC47pcXp

WAD 2022 Celebrations from CCC

2 Days Conference on Sustainability – World Accreditation Day 2022 Celebrations at Chennai on June 9-10 2022 (Hybrid Session)

About #WAD2022

June 9th 2022 marks World Accreditation Day (#WAD2022), a global initiative established by ILAC and IAF to promote the value of accreditation.

Download the following announcements :

This year’s theme :

Accreditation: Sustainability in Economic Growth and the Environment, focuses on how accreditation supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – (SDGs) 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.

#WAD Celebrations – an annual initiative from Consultants Consortium of Chennai (CCC)

CCC has been organising series of Knowledge Sessions for the benefit of the industry during WAD Month since its inception. WAD 2020 and WAD 2021 were well received by the industry. We had conducted virtual learning sessions during this period.

#WAD2022 Celebrations

WAD 2022, however would be a Hybrid Session. We are planning to organise a physical session in University Auditorium in Chennai with a target audience of around 100 -150 members (offline) and plus online viewers.

The Conference is jointly organized by International Accreditation Service (IAS), USA and Bureau of Indian Standards

International Accreditation Service

IAS is a nonprofit, public-benefit corporation that help organizations demonstrate compliance and competence to their customers, regulators and the public. IAS has been providing accreditation services since 1975. IAS accredits a wide range of companies and organizations including governmental entities, commercial businesses, and professional associations. IAS accreditation programs are based on recognized national and international standards that ensure domestic and/or global acceptance of its accreditations.

IAS also maintains signatory status in a number of global multilateral recognition arrangements under Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC), International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). IAS is a member of the ICC Family of Solutions.

As one of the leading accreditation bodies in the United States, IAS is a signatory to the three primary international organizations that form a unified system for evaluating and recognizing competent accreditation bodies worldwide.

Bureau of Indian Standards

BIS is the National Standard Body of India established under the BIS Act 2016 for the harmonious development of the activities of standardization, marking and quality certification of goods and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. BIS has been providing traceability and tangibility benefits to the national economy in a number of ways – providing safe reliable quality goods; minimizing health hazards to consumers; promoting exports and imports substitute; control over proliferation of varieties etc. through standardization, certification and testing

Keeping in view, the interest of consumers as well as the industry, BIS is involved in various activities as given below:

Standards Formulation
Product Certification Scheme
Compulsory Registration Scheme
Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme
Hall Marking Scheme
Laboratory Services
Laboratory Recognition Scheme
Sale of Indian Standards
Consumer Affairs Activities
Promotional Activities
Training Services, – National & International level
Information Services

Conference Theme :

Sustainability in Economic Growth and the Environment
-How accreditation supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.

Conference Sessions are built for multiple sectors touching upon the Sustainability Initiatives in various sectors and applicability of various Standards, Certifications, Accreditations , Regulations to ensure that Sustainable Products and Services are offered to Consumers.

Sustainability is a Trade Issue and World Markets are linking World Trade to Sustainability initiatives adopted by various countries.

ESG is based on standards set by lawmakers, investors, and ESG reporting organizations (e.g., GRI, TCFD, MSCI), whereas Sustainability Standards — while also set by standards groups like GHG Protocol — are more science-based and standardized.

Dates :
June 9th and 10th 2022 – Thu & Fri
Time – 10 00 am – 5 45 pm IST
Session Mode – Hybrid (Online and Physical)
Venue – Auditorium inside Anna University Campus

Who should attend ?

Sessions would be open to Accreditation Bodies, Certification Agencies, Conformity Assessment Bodies, Inspection bodies, Govt organisations, Members of Trade & Industry Associations, Chambers of Commerce, Entrepreneurial Hubs, MS Consultants, Technical Experts, Startups, Innovators

Sessions at a glance :

Program Agenda
Day 1 – Inaugural Session

Registration Details

Open to all stakeholders in Conformity Assessment.

Industry, ABs, CBs, CABs, Inspection bodies, Consultants, Technical Experts, Industry Associations, Innovators, Start-ups, Entrepreneurial Platforms, Government organisations.

There is NO REGISTRATION FEE

However prior registration is a must for participation.


Contact Co-ordinators

Ms Rama Venugopal, President
Whatsapp +91 9840870532
Email – contact@ccc-consultants.org

Mr D Srikanthan, Secretary
Whatsapp +91 9003056539
Email – secretariat@ccc-consultants.org

Secretariat Office
Phone+044 24462337 / 24462338
Email – communication@cccassociation.org

Organic Certifications

Organic Produce Certifications – European Commission’s decision to delist Five Certifications Bodies from India over high levels of ETO

ETO level higher than permissible limits – Reason for Delisting

The European Commission has decided to derecognise five certifying bodies (CBs) from giving clearance or ratifying exports of Indian organic products for their failure to meet the ethylene oxide (ETO) norms in consignments, particularly sesame (til/gingelly).

A draft of the European Union Committee on Organic Production (COP) on derecognising the five CBs or certifying agencies was issued in October for comments from various stakeholders. These comments were taken up last week before it took a final call.

With all the European Union (EU) members supporting the move, the COP decided to derecognise the five CBs – four from the EU and one from the US – on November 30.

The decision comes despite hectic lobbying by the EU, the US trade bodies and consultants against any action against the five. Instead, they sought action against the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).

The EU derecognised the five CBs, which certified over 80 per cent of the organic products exports to the EU, as they had certified some 90 shipments against which the EU Organic Farm Information System (OFIC) issued notifications for ETO level being excess than permitted level 0.1mg/kg.

The five CBs are ECOCERT India Pvt Ltd, CU Inspections Ltd, Indian Organic Certification Agency (Indocert), Lacon Quality Certifications Pvt Ltd – all based in EU – and the US-based OneCert International Private Ltd.

The blacklisting will come into force from January 1, 2022, and will be valid until APEDA removes them from the “high risk category” list they have been placed after being found at fault.

APEDA, which is the competent authority in India to supervise organic certification processes, has also suspended OneCert’s accreditation for one year, while ECOCERT, CU Inspections, IndoCert have been barred from registering any new processor or exporter.

In addition, APEDA has also asked Aditi Organic Certifications to not register any new processor or exporter. The five CBs have also been imposed ₹2-5 lakh penalties.

In its draft, the EU COP said, “Since October 2020, a large number of consignments totalling thousands of tonnes allegedly organic sesame seed contaminated with ethylene oxide have been imported from that third country, in particular from operators controlled by the control bodies supervised by India…”

ETO is considered carcinogenic for humans by the EU and a few other countries, and it is strictly monitored to ensure that shipment of any product conforms to the norms. In the case of India, the presence of the chemical exceeded far more than the permitted level, which the EU felt posed a health risk to its consumers.

The EU derecognition of the five agencies also means that their names should not appear in APEDA’s list of CBs recognised by it. The derecognition is unlikely to affect exports of organic products – as feared by the EU and US trade bodies – from India as there are 28 other CBs, Indian and foreign, that can fill in the void.

Source : https://newonnews.com/ec-ratifies-move-to-derecognise-five-agencies-certifying-organic-exports-from-india/

Global focus on Product/Service Quality and Safety has undergone a dramatic change after the pandemic crisis across the globe. Quality and Safety of Global Public Goods call for International Alignment of Standards, Certifications, Testing norms etc to ensure that Consumers Health, Safety and Wellbeing is not compromised.

Responsible Production is the Global Call of Action and the it’s the Responsibility of the Global Markets to ensure availability of Responsible Supply Chain as a Consumer Welfare measure.  Global economy is moving towards Borderless Economy and many countries will have market access to global markets due to supply chain shortages. The countries which assure Authentic and Responsible Supply Chains will have strong acceptance across the globe.

We, in India too are seeing a huge surge in exports as well as in imports of Products and Services and how do we ensure that Consumers are assured of Quality and Safe Products and Services in domestic as well as in International Markets.

European Union is the largest market for Indian Exporters and businesses strive hard to create market space for their products and services. Earning and Retaining Customer Loyalty, Recognition and Reputation at market place is not an easy ride for any business. Its the reasonability and duty of industry bodies, industry associations to work in coordination with Regulators like APEDA and ensure that wrong trade practices by businesses, Certification Agencies should be questioned.

Regulators, Accreditation Bodies, Certification Agencies, Industry , Consultants are the key stakeholders to this process and all have to work in alignment , incordination to ensure that Responsible Supply Chains are made available for domestic as well as for global markets.

Issuance of Certifications is an Assurance to the market place that Products that are Certified for Quality are Safe for Consumption. When this process gets compromised, consumers faith and trust on Quality will erode.

World Quality Month Programs

WORLD QUALITY MONTH – INDUSTRY CONNECT KNOWLEDGE SERIES – WEBINARS

Global focus on Product/Service Quality and Safety has undergone a dramatic change after the pandemic crisis across the globe.

Quality and Safety of Global Public Goods call for International Alignment of Standards, Certifications, Testing norms etc to ensure that Consumers Health, Safety and Well being is not compromised.

Responsible Production is the Global Call of Action and the it’s the Responsibility of the Global Markets to ensure Responsible Supply Chain as Consumer Welfare measure.  Global economy is moving towards Borderless Economy and many countries will have market access to global markets due to supply chain shortages. The countries which assure Authentic and Responsible Supply Chains will have strong acceptance across the globe. 

India too is seeing a huge surge in exports as well as in imports of Products and Services and how do to ensure that Consumers are assured of Quality and Safe Products and Services in domestic as well as in International Markets.

It is in this context that Consultants Consortium of Chennai (CCC) is rolling out series of Knowledge Sessions to Celebrate the November Month of Quality by connecting Industry and Stakeholders to various sessions which are the need of the hour programs.

CCC has scheduled 6 sessions spread , across the month of November, starting from November 11th 2021 till end of the month. Multiple sessions covering various sectors are scheduled.

CCC will keep communicating and inviting all stakeholders and industry to the sessions. Sessions will have the support of industry, academia, young entrepreneurs, innovators forums and various other stakeholder organizations.

This information is being shared to facilitate industry, academia, startups, Management Systems Consultants and various other stakeholders to register for the sessions . 

Sessions are conducted through Virtual Mode and there is NO REGISTRATION FEE.

SESSION 1 – NOVEMBER 11TH 2021, THURSDAY- 4 :00 PM – 5:30 PM

TOPIC – RESPONSIBLE QUALITY CERTIFICATIONS

Delegate Registration Link :

Registered Delegates shall receive autogenerated registration link from Zoom id. Please check your spam folders too if you do not receive the mail in your in box.

For further assistance , email to – contact@ccc-consultants.org

SESSION 2 – NOVEMBER 13TH 2021, SATURDAY – 4 :00 PM – 5:30 PM

TOPIC – Accessing Global Markets – Role of Private Certifications in Food Sector

Delegate Registration Link :

Registered Delegates shall receive autogenerated registration link from Zoom id. Please check your spam folders too if you do not receive the mail in your in box.

For further assistance , email to – contact@ccc-consultants.org

WORLD QUALITY MONTH SERIES – SUPPORTING BY INDUSTRY ASSNS, CHAMBERS