On September 13, India submitted several notifications to the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding the proposed Quality Control Orders (QCOs) for eight substances. Comments are due to the WTO TBT Committee within 60 days from notification.
The notified substances are widely used as source materials in the manufacturing of pesticides and fertilizers. The details are shown below:
|Goods or Articles||Indian Standards|
|Anhydrous ammonia||IS 662:2020 Anhydrous Ammonia — Specification|
|Ethylene oxide||IS 5573:1984 Specification for Ethylene Oxide|
|Captafol||IS 10300: 2023 Captafol Technical – Specification|
|Industrial Grade Urea||IS 1781:2022 Urea, Technical — Specification|
|Monocrotophos||IS 8025:1990 Monocrotophos, Technical – Specification|
|Sodium Cyanide||IS 11782: 1986 Specification for Sodium Cyanide,Technical|
|Toluene Diisocyanate||IS 17916:2022 Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI-80) -Specification|
|Alumina Calcined||IS 17441 (Part1): 2021 Calcined Alumina – Specification(Part 1 non-metallurgical grade)|
The date of adoption of QCOS for 8 chemicals is yet to be decided. Once passed, the Orders will enter into force 6 months after adoption.
The QCOs do not apply to chemicals for export only. Each chemical products must comply with the correspond Indian Standard and 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.