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

Announcement – ICAI issues Social Audit Standards

Social Audit Standards – Sustainability Reporting

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has issued the Social Audit Standards (SAS) for the members. These Social Audit Standards will be applicable from the date of their hosting on ICAI website. (SAS 100 should be read in conjunction with the “Preface to the Social Audit Standards” and “Framework for the Social Audit Standards”, issued by the ICAI

This Social Audit Standard relates to the thematic area of “eradicating hunger, poverty, malnutrition and inequality’’. The Standard aims to provide the Social Auditor with the necessary guidance in relation to independent impact assessment engagement of Social Enterprises engaged in eradicating hunger, poverty, malnutrition and inequality and the audit steps and procedures that should be applied while conducting the social impact assessment. The Standard sets out the minimum requirements to be followed while conducting impact assessment. Laws or regulations may establish additional requirements which should be followed, as applicable.

The Social Auditor should conduct a desk review of existing documents to gain further insight into the evaluation procedure and impact assessment.

The social auditor should review the evaluation questions addressed through Questionnaires, In – depth Interviews and Focused Group Discussions to assess the responses received from various stakeholders and to understand what has changed.

The Social Auditor should review the project/program documents to frame the evaluation criteria for assessing impact. Such key metrics may be collated from base-line, mid-line (monthly / quarterly) and end-line assessment (if available), respectively at the beginning, middle and end of the reporting period/project/program to effectively understand and evaluate impact.

The Social Auditor should identify the inherent limitations of the evaluation process which might have an influence on the impact assessment.

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

Source: https://www.taxscan.in/icai-issues-social-audit-standards/245984/

Webinar on Electrical Safety in Hospitals

Webinar on Electrical Safety in Hospitals and Medical Locations (Part – 2)

The webinar will explain about the safety measures to be adopted in Hospitals and Medical locations to get safety of patients, doctors and nurses working in medical locations and fire due to short circuit.

The webinar is specially designed for Bio Medical Engineers and working professionals in Hospitals.

Dr. Vijay Agarwal, President CAHO will make the opening remarks followed by technical sessions by CAPE Engineers. The program is hosted by Mr. K P Dominic, B&G.

Date and Time of the program : 21 Jan 2023 11 Am onwards

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

Notification – UGC asks higher education institutions to get registered on BioRRAP

Biological Research Regulatory Approval Portal (BioRRAP)

The integrated portal – Biological Research Regulatory Approval Portal (BioRRAP)-has been initiated by the Government of India (GOI) to provide regulatory information to researchers and to facilitate approvals.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked higher educational institutions and their affiliated colleges/institutions to get registered on Biological Research Regulatory Approval Portal (BioRRAP).

According to UGC, it is one-of-a-kind digital gateway intended to make science and scientific research more accessible as well as make it easier to create businesses. The information on international research projects as approved by all line Ministries/Departments of GOI is expected to be integrated with BioRRAP (with unique BioRRAP ID for each proposal).

With regard to Research Projects by entities falling under the category of Central/State Government, the relevant approvals will be dealt with by the concerned Ministry of the Government of India. State Governments have been requested to forward all such proposals to the concerned line Ministry of Government of India

In respect of Non-Government Organizations, the Health Ministry’s Screening Committee, operated by DHR/ICMR, that has been reconstituted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will review the research projects involving international collaboration/funding in health research including studies in humans, animals, plants & environment.

UGC advised the higher educational institutions to follow the above provisions strictly and get registered on the portal

Source:https://odishatv.in/news/education/ugc-asks-higher-education-institutions-to-get-registered-on-biorrap-193363

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

IPC National Conference

National conference on Strengthening Medical Product Safety Surveillance

IPC in association with Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune is organizing a national conference on “Strengthening Medical Product Safety Surveillance” on November 12, 2022 at Sheraton Grand Hotel, Bund Garden Road, Pune- 411001

For more Information Please Check Here: https://bit.ly/3fvDobv

Source:https://www.ipc.gov.in/news-highlights/1048-ipc-in-association-with-ruby-hall-clinic,-pune-is-organizing-a-national-conference-on-%E2%80%9Cstrengthening-medical-product-safety-surveillance%E2%80%9D-on-november-12,-2022-at-sheraton-grand-hotel,-bund-garden-road,-pune-411001.html

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

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Upon registration, registered delegates will receive meeting link.

Contact

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