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India Proposes Quality Control Orders for 8 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 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 ArticlesIndian Standards
 Anhydrous ammoniaIS 662:2020 Anhydrous Ammonia — Specification
Ethylene oxideIS 5573:1984 Specification for Ethylene Oxide
CaptafolIS 10300: 2023 Captafol Technical – Specification
Industrial Grade UreaIS 1781:2022 Urea, Technical — Specification
MonocrotophosIS 8025:1990 Monocrotophos, Technical – Specification
Sodium CyanideIS 11782: 1986 Specification for Sodium Cyanide,Technical
Toluene DiisocyanateIS 17916:2022 Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI-80) -Specification
Alumina CalcinedIS 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. 

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