ISI Standard – Objectives and Procedure
The ISI was established in the year 1947. It has been renamed as the ‘Bureau of Indian Standards‘. Its main objective is to lay down quality standards for consumer and industrial goods.
A producer who wants to adopt a standard for his product has to obtain a license from the ISI under its marking scheme. He has to adopt certain procedures for quality control as prescribed by the license.
The inspectors of the ISI will constantly watch whether the producer maintains the specified quality or not. They may collect samples for the purpose of investigation at any time even from the open market. These samples will then be tested in the laboratories of the ISI.
If any customer has complaints against the quality of ISI marked products, he can inform the ISI officials regarding the same. The ISI will take prompt action on any such specific complaint.
If any producer is found to be using the ISI mark fraudulently, he will be liable for punishment. For the purpose of testing products, the ISI has set up laboratories in different parts of India. In addition to these activities, the ISI also furthers India’s interest in the field of international standardization by working closely with the International Standards Organization (ISO).
Functions of ISI
The functions of ISI may be stated as follows:
1. To prepare standards for commodities, materials and processes.
2. To help in the production of quality goods.
3. To certify industrial goods.
4. To circulate information relating to standardization
5. To promote general standards both at the national and international levels.
6. To protect the consumers by assuring them good quality and product performance.
7. To eliminate unnecessary varieties.
8. To cut down the cost of production.
A number of technical committees advise the ISI in the entire process of standardization. Standardization will ensure economy and the best utilization of the material resources.