May 21, 2015 | Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi, India

May 21-22, Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi, India

India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), organized Standards Conclave 2015 with focus on the evolving standards in international trade.

The changing dynamics of conformity assessment has a growing impact on participants in global trade. In addition, it will create a system in which adoption of appropriate standards entails a sense of pride. Demonstrating compliance should also lead to inbuilt incentives as well as simplification of procedures.

As an outcome of the seminar the Commerce Ministry will prepare a time-bound action plan on implementation of mandatory standards to enhance competitiveness of domestic products in global markets. It is important for Indian manufacturers to carry a requisite quality tag by complying with global standards. Without that, the manufacturers will not be able to access the export market and benefit from the growth in their industry.

During the two-day conference, UL deliberated on its role in manufacturing compliance. Mr. R.A. Venkitachalam, Vice President, Public Safety, UL spoke about the role of standards and how voluntary certification can be used for supporting regulations based on UL experience. CSDS (Collaborative Standards Development System), developed by UL, is designed to enable quick development of standards and participation of all stakeholders in it. UL emphasized on their role as well as on standardization management, which helps in coordination between stakeholders participating in standards development.

UL in India was a conclave partner for this seminar, where UL’s experts shared their perspective on the role of standards in the impending scenario. Gaps in the regulation system need to be assessed and UL, with years of expertise in standards and certifications, helped specify the need for better regulation.