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The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) informed about a range of products for which a future mandatory certification is currently under process in India. In addition to being India’s national standards body, the BIS is also responsible for several voluntary and mandatory certification schemes.

The Special Standards Conclave organised by the Indian Department of Commerce (DoC) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) took place on 8th and 9th of February 2019 in Mumbai. After last year’s launch of the Indian National Strategy for Standardization (INSS), government officials and experts used this year’s forum to discuss its implementation. A National Action Plan for the implementation of the INSS is planned to be released in the next months.

The sixth annual meeting of the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure took place on 17 and 18 January 2019 in Berlin. Germany and India founded the working group in 2013 to strengthen their economic and technical cooperation, reduce technical barriers to trade and increase product safety.

Das Staatliche Zentralamt für Marktregulierung (SAMR) sowie die Zollverwaltung (GACC) haben am 30. Oktober eine gemeinsame Erklärung herausgegeben, in der eine enge Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Behörden bei Rückrufprozessen für defekte Importgüter angekündigt wird.

The question how to strengthen market surveillance is of rising importance in India. In June 2018, the Indian government released the Indian National Strategy for Standardization, which includes the goal to establish an effective market surveillance system. Against this background, the Global Project Quality Infrastructure organised a workshop on market surveillance in New Delhi on 4 December.

On 5 December, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and the Indian Ministry of Labour and Employment came together in New Delhi to launch the publication Making Safe Machines a Standard in India.