QCI 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).

QCI Survey: More than 67% of toys fail to meet the standards

The Quality Council of India (QCI) recently released its survey on imported toys. According to the report, 66.9% of the toys failed the test.

Highlights

The QCI conducted the testing on toys that were available in the Delhi markets and in the National Capital Region. Around 121 varieties were procured and submitted to NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and calibration Laboratories).

Of the tested varieties, 30% of the plastic toys failed to meet the tests of permissible level of phthalate, heavy metals, etc. Around 80% of the toys failed to meet the physical and mechanical safety properties.

In the soft toys, 45% failed on phthalate test and 75% failed on tests conducted on mechanical properties.

Of the toys sold in Delhi markets, 85% are from China, followed by Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Germany.

Quality Council of India

The QCI was set up in 1997 to establish and promote quality standards across social and economic sectors. The services offered by QCI include quality assessment, accreditation services, quality promotion, etc. It is associated with CII (Confederation of India Industry), ASSOCHAM (where PM Modi addressed its 100th year celebrations).

The Council is governed by 38-members. The chairperson of the council is appointed by the PM of India. It functions through 5 main accreditation boards namely NABCB (National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies), NABET (National Accreditation Board for Education and Training), NBQP (National Board for Quality Promotion), NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers) and NABL.