MINISTRY OF LAW AND JUSTICE
(Legislative Department)

New Delhi, the 22nd March, 2016/Chaitra 2, 1938 (Saka)

The following Act of Parliament received the assent of the President on the 21st March, 2016, and is hereby published for general information:—

THE BUREAU OF INDIAN STANDARDS ACT, 2016
NO. 11 OF 2016

[21st March, 2016.]

An Act to provide for the establishment of a national standards body for the harmonious development of the activities of standardisation, conformity assessment and quality assurance of goods, articles, processes, systems and services and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Sixty-seventh Year of the Republic of India as follows:—

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY

Short title, extent and commencement.

1. (1) This Act may be called the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016.

(2) It extends to the whole of India.

(3) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.

Definitions.

2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

(1) “article” means any substance, artificial or natural, or partly artificial or partly natural, whether raw or partly or wholly processed or manufactured or hand­made within India or imported into India;

(2) “assaying and hallmarking centre” means a testing and marking centre recognised by the Bureau to determine the purity of precious metal articles and to apply hallmark on the precious metal articles in a manner as may be determined by regulations;

(3) “Bureau” means the Bureau of Indian Standards established under section 3;

(4) “certification officer” means a certification officer appointed under sub-section (1) of section 27;

(5) “certified body” means a holder of certificate of conformity or licence under sub-section (2) of section 13 in relation to any goods, article, process, system or service which conforms to a standard;

(6) “certified jeweller” means a jeweller who has been granted a certificate by the Bureau to get manufactured for sale or to sell any precious metal article after getting the same hallmarked in a manner as may be determined by regulations;

(7) “conformity assessment” means demonstration that requirements as may be specified relating to an article, process, system, service, person or body are fulfilled;

(8) “conformity assessment scheme” means a scheme relating to such goods, article, process, system or service as may be notified by the Bureau under section 12;

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