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Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) SDO Recognition Scheme

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) SDO Recognition Scheme

Why in news?

  • Recently, the Research Design & Standards Organization (RDSO) of Indian Railways has become the first Institution to be declared a Standard Developing Organization (SDO) under One Nation One Standard mission of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
  • RDSO took the initiative to seek recognition as a Standard Developing Organization (SDO) under the BIS SDO Recognition Scheme.

About the “One Nation One Standard”

  • The idea of One Nation One Standard Mission was first conceived in 2019, it was envisioned on the line of one nation, one ration card scheme in order to ensure quality products in the country.
  • To attain the One Nation One Standard vision of the Government of India, BIS launched a scheme which provides for Recognition of SDO.
  • Validity: The recognition is valid for 3 years and will require renewal after completion of the validity period.
  • Scope: The scope of RDSO’s recognition as SDO, is “Standards Developing Organization for products, processes and services for railway transportation sector in India”.
  • BIS launched this scheme with the aim of aggregating and integrating existing capabilities and dedicated domain specific expertise which are available with various organizations of India engaged in standards development in specific sectors.
  • It also allows convergence of all standard development activities of India enabling “One National Standard for One Subject”.

Benefits Of This Recognition

  • The competitiveness amongst the industry will increase.
  • Larger participation of industry/vendors/technology developers/MSME’s in Indian Railways supply chain.
  • There will be smooth induction of latest evolving & emerging technologies on Indian Railways.
  • There will be a reduction in cost and quantum improvement in the quality of product and services.
  • Dependence on imports will reduce and “Make-in-India” will get a boost.
  • RDSO will be recognized on international standards-making bodies and there will be integration with global supply chain/global trade.              Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) SDO Recognition Scheme
  • Improved ease-of-doing-business.

Bureau of Indian Standards

  • It has been established for the harmonious development of the activities of standardization, marking and quality certification of goods and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
  • It was established by the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986 which came into effect in December 1986. It works under the aegis of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution.
  • A new Bureau of Indian standard (BIS) Act 2016 has been brought into force with effect from October 2017.
  • The Act establishes the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India.

About RDSO

  • Research Designs & Standards Organization (RDSO), Lucknow,  is the sole R&D Wing of the Ministry of Railways.                Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) SDO Recognition Scheme
  • It is one of India’s leading Standard formulating Body undertaking standardization work for the railway sector.


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