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India Amends Quality Control Orders for 11 Chemicals

Once implemented, the QCOs shall mandate the manufacturer to apply for a Grant of License by the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) to use the Standard Mark.

On March 7, 2024, India's Department of Chemical and Petrochemicals (DCPC) released a notification on the Gazette of India to further delay the implementation of Quality Control Orders (QCOs) for 11 chemicals. 

The latest implementation date is set out for the 11 chemicals as follows: 

Goods or ArticlesIndian StandardImplementation Date
Ethylene DichlorideIS 869 : 2020 Specification for Ethylene Dichloride2024.9.12
PolycarbonateIS 14434 : 2023 Polycarbonate Moulding and Extrusion Materials — Specification2024.9.12
Vinyl Chloride MonomerIS 17442 : 2020 Vinyl Chloride Monomer — Specification2024.9.12
p-XyleneIS 17370 : 2023 p-Xylene — Specification2024.9.19
PolyurethanesIS 17397 (Part 1) : 2022 Plastics — Thermoplastic Polyurethanes for Moulding and Extrusion Part 1 Designation System and Specifications2024.9.19
Lauric Acid 
IS 10931 : 2023 Lauric Acid — Specification 2024.10.24
Acid OilIS 12029 : 2023 Acid Oil — Specification2024.10.24
Palm Fatty AcidsIS 12067 : 2023 Palm Fatty Acids — Specification2024.10.24
Rice Bran Fatty AcidsIS 12068 : 1987 Specification for Rice Bran Fatty Acids2024.10.24
Coconut Fatty AcidsIS 12069 : 2023 Coconut Fatty Acids — Specification2024.10.24
Hydrogenated Rice Bran Fatty AcidsIS 12361 : 2023 Partially Hydrogenated Rice Bran Fatty Acids — Specification2024.10.24

The QCOs for 6 fatty acids were scheduled to take effect on October 24, 2023. The QCOs for Ethylene Dichloride, Polycarbonate, Vinyl Chloride Monomer, p-Xylene and Polyurethanes were planned to take effect in this March. 

The QCOs do not apply to chemicals for export only. The chemical products conforming to the requirements of the Orders shall bear the Standard Mark under the Grant of License by the Bureau of Indian Standards. Any person who contravenes the provisions of the Orders shall be punished according to the Bureau of Indian Standards Act (BIS Act), 2016. 

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