Centre releases endorsement guidelines

Endorsements Know-hows!’ for celebrities, influencers and virtual influencers on social media platforms’.

The Department of Consumer Affairs under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has released a guide ‘Endorsements Know-hows!’ for celebrities, influencers and virtual influencers on social media platforms’

The guide is released in alignment with the guidelines set by the Consumer Protection Act of 2019. The Act established guidelines for protecting consumers from unfair trade practices and misleading advertisements. The Department of Consumer Affairs has published Guidelines for prevention of Misleading Advertisements and Endorsements for Misleading Advertisements, 2022 on 9th June 2022. These guidelines outline the criteria for valid advertisements and the responsibilities of manufacturers, service providers, advertisers, and advertising agencies. These guidelines also touched upon the celebrities and endorsers. It states that misleading advertisement in any form, format or medium is prohibited by law.

The “Endorsement Know-hows!” specify that

  1. Disclosures must be prominently and clearly displayed in the endorsement, making them extremely hard to miss.
  2. Any celebrity, influencer or virtual influencer who has access to an audience and can influence their purchasing decisions or opinions about a product, service, brand, or experience must disclose any material connection with the advertiser.
  3. This includes not only benefits and incentives, but also monetary or other compensation, trips or hotel stays, media barters, coverage and awards, free products with or without conditions, discounts, gifts and any family or personal or employment relationship
  4. Endorsements must be made in simple, clear language and terms such as “advertisement,” “sponsored,” or “paid promotion” can be used. They should not endorse any product or service and service in which due diligence has been done by them or that they have not personally used or experienced.

Source:https://resource.cdn.icai.org/72658srsb58573.pdf

Notification – FSSAI – Instant Renewal of License/ Registration

FSSAI – Ease of Doing Business : Instant Renewal of License/ Registration

The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India, (FSSAI) has issued a notification on 11th January 2023 regarding Ease of Doing Business: Instant Renewal of License/ Registration.

To streamline the process of licensing / registration and its renewal, Food Authority has decided the following:

With effect from 12th January 2023, Renewals of License and Registrations have been made instant [without requiring the approval of authorities] subject to the following:

(i)         No change in the existing details of the license/registration shall be allowed 

(ii)        Validity of the Renewal:

a) For License: This renewal of the license shall be for 1 year

b) For Registration: Renewal shall continue as per existing provision i.e. for 1-5 years, based on the selection and payment made by the FBO in the application.

(iii)       FBOs whose licenses/ registrations have been suspended/canceled, shall not be allowed to renew their license/registration.

(iv)       Further, i.e. November 10, 2022, the FoSCoS system ensures that FBO (Manufacturers and Importers) shah file annual returns with penalties (if any), before renewal, for FY 2021-22 onwards.

(v)        A declaration to be submitted by Food Business Operator (tick in the checkbox) has been added in FoSCoS as follows namely: –

a) I/We have complied with all the permissions/rules, which are applicable to my food business and the premises of the food business such as CGWA NOC etc.

b) I/We do not possess more than one active license/ registration for any other food businesses at the same premises.

Validity of the New License and Registration

New License – The Validity of the new License is now restricted to only 1  year instead of the existing provision

For Registration – Validity shall be continued as per the existing provision.

There shall be no late fee of Rs. 100 per day  

The renewal of license and registration shall be available as early as 180 days prior to the expiry date

Now FBOs are required to self – declare the compliance regarding the points in the inspection checklist at the time of renewal.

The Order shall be applicable on applications submitted on or after January 12, 2023

Source: https://www.fssai.gov.in/

Notification

Guidelines on Prevention of Misleading Advertisements and Endorsements for Misleading Advertisements, 2022

The Central Consumer Protection authority (CCPA) under the Department of Consumer Affairs has notified ‘Guidelines for Prevention of Misleading Advertisements and Endorsements for Misleading Advertisements, 2022’ with an objective to curb misleading advertisements and protect the consumers, who may be exploited or affected by such advertisements.

The guidelines seek to ensure that consumers are not being fooled with unsubstantiated claims, exaggerated promises, misinformation and false claims. Such advertisements violates various rights of consumers such as right to be informed, right to choose and right to be safeguarded against potentially unsafe products and services

Keeping in view the sensitiveness and vulnerability of children and severe impact advertisements make on the younger minds, several preemptive provisions have been laid down on advertisements targeting children. Guidelines says that advertisement targeting children shall not feature any personalities from the field of sports, music or cinema for products which under any law requires a health warning for such advertisement or cannot be purchased by children

Guidelines also stipulates that disclaimer shall not attempt to hide material information with respect to any claim made in such advertisement, the omission or absence of which is likely to make the advertisement deceptive or conceal its commercial intent and shall not attempt to correct a misleading claim made in an advertisement.

Similarly, clear Guidelines are laid for duties of manufacturer, service provider, advertiser and advertising agency, due diligence to be carried out before endorsing and others. Guidelines aims to protect consumer’s interest through bringing in more transparency and clarity in the way advertisements are being published, so that, consumers are able to make informed decisions based on facts rather than false narratives and exaggerations. 

Penalty for violating the Guidelines are also clearly outlined. CCPA can impose penalty of upto 10 lakh rupees on manufacturers, advertisers and endorsers for any misleading advertisements. For subsequent contraventions, CCPA may impose a penalty of upto 50 lakh rupees. The Authority can prohibit the endorser of a misleading advertisement from making any endorsement for upto 1 year and for subsequent contravention, prohibition can extend upto 3 years.

Source: https://consumeraffairs.nic.in/en/latestnews/guidelines-prevention-misleading-advertisements-and-endorsements-misleading

Buyer Seller Meet

Indian Business Delegation for Buyer Seller Meet (BSM) in ASEAN Region covering Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines & Indonesia from 20th Feb– 04th Mar 2023

SEPC with the support of Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India and recommendation by EP Services Division, India is organizing India’s services sector trade delegation Buyer Seller Meet (BSM) to ASEAN region covering Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines & Indonesia from 20th Feb. – 04th Mar. 2023 covering following sectors which have demand in ASEAN region:

➢Hotel & Tourism Services
➢Educational Services
➢Healthcare Services
➢Architectural, Construction & Related Engineering Services
➢Entertainment Services (Including AVCG)

Benefits to participants on participating at BSM to ASEAN region.

• Focused prescheduled B2B meetings in each country
• Understand the market potential from experts in ASEAN region.
• Networking Opportunities with potential buyers in ASEAN region.
• Generate business leads and sign MOUs for collaborations.
• Meetings with relevant government and related stakeholders

The tentative programme for this BSM is given in Annexure A for your kind reference.

An estimate of expenditure heads which has to be managed by the participants are –

  • Flight tickets: For 4 countries, approximate cost would be INR ,1,59,000
  • Hotel stay: Approximately USD 130 -165 USD per night.
  • Total Cost approximately for all 4 Countries – INR3,35,000.

SEPC shall share the details of travel partners for this delegation with participants separately.

MAI Support to Participants:

SEPC registered Members whose export turnover during the previous financial year is less than/up to Rs.50 crores and who have completed one year of membership with SEPC will be eligible for assistance under new MAI scheme up to a maximum of Rs. 75,000/- towards economy class air fare, subject to terms and conditions of new MAI scheme and approval by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/7v5byhr6

European Green Deal

European Green Deal: Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) Agreement

European Green Deal Announcement

Agreement reached on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)
Brussels, 13 December 2022

The Commission welcomes the political agreement reached this morning between the European Parliament and the Council on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). The CBAM is the EU’s landmark tool to put a fair price on the carbon emitted during the production of carbon intensive goods that are entering the EU, and to encourage cleaner industrial production in non-EU countries.

Today’s agreement will be complemented by the revision of the Emissions Trading System (ETS), with negotiations taking place later this week, and that will align the phase-out of the allocation of free allowances with the introduction of CBAM to support the decarbonisation of EU industry.

Climate change is a global problem that needs global solutions. As the EU raises its own climate ambition, and as long as less stringent climate policies prevail in many non-EU countries, there is a risk of so-called ‘carbon leakage’. Carbon leakage occurs when companies based in the EU move carbon-intensive production abroad to countries where less stringent climate policies are in place than in the EU, or when EU products get replaced by more carbon-intensive imports.

By making sure that a price is paid for the embedded carbon emissions generated in the production of certain goods imported into the EU, the CBAM will make sure the carbon price of imports is equivalent to the carbon price of domestic production, thereby ensuring that the EU’s climate objectives are not undermined. The CBAM is designed in such a way that it is compatible with WTO rules.

President von der Leyen said: “I welcome the political agreement reached this morning on the Commission’s proposal for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism. This is a central part of our European Green Deal, preventing the risk of carbon leakage. It is a huge step forward, as we raise our climate ambitions.”

Key elements :

The CBAM will initially apply to imports of certain goods and selected precursors whose production is carbon intensive and at most significant risk of carbon leakage: cement, iron and steel, aluminium, fertilisers, electricity and hydrogen. With this enlarged scope, CBAM will eventually – when fully phased in – capture more than 50% the emissions of the ETS covered sectors. Under this political agreement, the CBAM will enter into force in its transitional phase as of 1 October 2023.

The gradual phasing in of CBAM over time will allow for a careful, predictable and proportionate transition for EU and non-EU businesses, as well as for public authorities. During this period, importers of goods in the scope of the new rules will only have to report greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) embedded in their imports (direct emissions), without making any financial payments or adjustments. The agreement foresees that indirect emissions will be covered in the scope after the transitional period, on the basis of a methodology to be defined in the meantime.

Once the permanent system enters into force, according to a schedule to be defined in the revised EU ETS rules currently under negotiation, importers will need to declare each year the quantity of goods imported into the EU in the preceding year and their embedded GHG. They will then surrender the corresponding number of CBAM certificates. The price of the certificates will be calculated depending on the weekly average auction price of EU ETS allowances expressed in €/tonne of CO2 emitted.

A review of the CBAM’s functioning during its transitional phase will be concluded before the entry into force of the definitive system. At the same time, the product scope will be reviewed to assess the feasibility of including other goods produced in sectors covered by the EU ETS in the scope of the CBAM mechanism, such as certain downstream products and those identified as suitable candidates during negotiations. The report will include a timetable setting out their inclusion by 2030.

Next steps

Given the close links between the new CBAM and the review of the EU ETS, currently under negotiation in ‘trilogue’ between the co-legislators, the final technical details of the mechanism’s functioning will need to be clarified. Once the text has been finalised, the European Parliament and the Council will have to formally adopt the new Regulation before it can enter into force.

Download here for full announcement

Source : https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_22_7719

World Standards Day 2022 Program

Webinar – World Standards Day (WSD) 2022 Program on Role of Sustainability Standards in International Trade on Oct 14, 2022 – 4 30 pm – 6 00 pm

Sustainable Trade Development and Voluntary Sustainable Standards

Sustainable Development defines international trade as “an engine for inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction, that contributes to the promotion of sustainable development”.

The exponential increase in global trade has enabled many developing countries to pursue economic development through export and export diversification. On the other hand, the nature of trade has changed and that products are now made by bringing parts together from different parts of the world.

Although the expansion of international trade, in the last decade, has brought economic and societal benefits across the globe, it resulted in failing to address the adverse social and environmental and even economic impacts.

Hence, in order for trade to become a ‘sustainable engine’, one approach that seems to be increasingly used is to internalize social, economic and environmental concerns in international trade.

Sustainability Standards play a central role in global trade, and greatly contribute to the improvement of  environmental and social compliance in supply chains. They represent guidelines used by producers, manufacturers, traders, retailers, and service providers to develop good environmental, social, ethical, and food safety practices.

Sustainability standards can unlock new markets for developing countries.

Go Green, Go Sustainable

More and more countries are pursuing green, social and/or sustainable public procurement, therefore standards can play an important role in identifying which products are sustainable.

Adhering to sustainable trade standards can enhance opportunities for market access to retail, corporate and government consumers who are concerned about the sustainability of the products they purchase and the resources they consume in production, use and disposal.

Program Objective

Consultants Consortium of Chennai is organising a Knowledge Session, on the occasion of World Standards Day (WSD), on October 14th 2022.

The program is designed on the topic Sustainability Standards based on the WSD Theme.

Objective of the program is to create awareness to businesses about various National and International Sustainability Standards and hoe implementing the same would increase trade and business opportunities across the globe.

Program Details

Topic – Role of Sustainability Standards in International Trade

Date : October 14th 2022 – Friday

Time : 04 30 pm – 06 00 pm

Meeting Mode – Online / Virtual

Meeting Platform – Zoom

Fee : No Registration Fee.

Program Open for industry and all stakeholders in Conformity Assessment. However, prior registration is a must.

Registration Link

Click the button below for registration

Upon registration, registered delegates will receive meeting link.

Contact

For enquiries, pls email to

contact@ccc-consultants.org

secretariat@ccc-consultants.org

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