Avoiding conflict of interest among regulators policy environment important: Dr Wadhawan

Avoiding conflict of interest among regulators policy environment important: Dr Wadhawan

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New Delhi, Feb 12: Department of Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan underlined the importance of avoiding conflict of interest among regulators policy environment and implementation bodies to achieve quality ecosystem.

Inaugurating the Special National Standards Conclave, Dr Wadhawan also mentioned that the Indian National Strategy for Standardisation (INSS) is a dynamic document and needs to get more ambitious as time and technology advances.

The Conclave was organised by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India on February 8-9 in Mumbai, in association with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Export Inspection Council (EIC), Centre for Research in International Trade (CRIT) and National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB).

The conclave deliberated INSS for the effective implementation on the first day and the market access and industry aspect of utilising this strategy on the second day.

Recommendations at the end of conclave include separation of roles for avoidance of conflict of interest in regulatory framework and an overarching de novo legislative instrument for notifying technical regulations, and surveillance mechanism with an independent market surveillance agency (for non-agricultural goods) needs to be set up.

The Conclave was attended by senior officers from Department of Commerce, other central government ministries and departments and from state governments. Industry associations, subject experts and general public with interest in the subject participated in the conclave in large numbers.

The Special Standards Conclave also saw launch of voluntary certification and rating scheme for private security services developed by QCI, according to a statement on Tuesday. (UNI)