FICCI Current Affairs - 2020

June 9: World Accreditation Day

Every year, the World Accreditation Day is celebrated on June 9. The initiative of celebrating the day was launched by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

This year the day was celebrated under theme

Theme: Accreditation, Improving Food Safety

India

In India, the day was celebrated by the Quality Council of India. Also, the National Accreditation Board for Testing and calibration Laboratories and the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies conducted webinars.

According to FSSAI, the following are the current requirements in India regarding accreditation

  • Proficiency Testing
  • Developing Rapid Test Kits
  • The number of accredited reference material producers should be increased
  • Integrated system for information exchange
  • Rapid Test kits for food analysis
  • Accreditation Scheme to certify products
  • India also needs to institutionalize virtual assessments.

Quality Council of India

The Quality Council of India was established in 1997. The main objective of QCI is to establish quality standards all over social and economic sectors in the country. It was set up as a public private partnership based on the Netherlands model. It was set up by the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal trade (DPIIT).

The key promoters of QCI are CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry).

Empowered Group constituted to coordinate COVID-19 related Response Activities

On April 5, 2020, the Government of India constituted an empowered group under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant. The group will coordinate with NGOs, private sector and international organizations for COVID-19 related response activities.

Highlights

The Group consists of three branches of stakeholder. In the first group, the stakeholders are from UN Agencies, Asian Development Bank and World Bank. The second group is from civil society organizations and the third group is from FICCI, CII, NASSCOM, ASSSOCHAM, etc. So far, these groups have conducted six meetings with international organizations, industry associations.

Significance

The group points out the areas where the country needs support. They follow the methods and protocols adopted by India and other countries all over the world. India has framed its “Joint Programme Response Plan” based on the recommendations made by the group. The plan has been submitted to NITI Aayog. It delivers activities required in different states and union territories.