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Quality Council of India


QUALITY COUNCIL OF INDIA

In the traditional mode of regulation practiced worldwide, the government itself is the regulator, lays own standards to be complied with and checks compliance to such standards through its own inspection machinery and laboratory network. There are a number of such regulations in India including Food and Drug regulatory regimes. There is a growing trend worldwide to shift from the above traditional approach to the utilization of professional, third party bodies for various purposes for administering regulations. This has especially become relevant and a need for establishing equivalence of standards as well as conformity assessment mechanisms has grown. Accordingly a concept of accreditation has developed worldwide under which competence of conformity assessment bodies, namely Inspection Bodies (IBs) Certification bodies (CBs) and laboratories is evaluated to common international standards for facilities acceptance of their inspection reports, certifications and/or test reports worldwide. Quality Council of India (QCI) was asked for this endeavor and it was selected as Accreditation Body. The following tasks were assigned as per MoU signed.

Voluntary Certificate Scheme (VCS) for AYUSH Products.

QCI is assigned for preparing Scheme document as well as Promotion of the Scheme.

  1. This Scheme has been started since October, 2009.
  2. For Domestic Market as well as for International Market i.e. AYUSH Standard and AYUSH Premium Marks are available. The voluntary Certification Scheme for AYUSH Products would result in a quality seal being awarded to those who opt for third party evaluation. Till now two Certification Bodies named FOODCERT, Hyderabad & Bureau Veritas, Bombay has been identified.
  3. Accreditation of AYUSH Hospitals.

  4. This Scheme has been started since January, 2010. QCI has published Accreditation and Structural Standards for AYUSH Hospitals in consultation with Department of AYUSH.
  5. As Per available information three Ayurveda hospitals have been accredited so far.

Gap Study of AYUSH Drug Testing Labs

QCI has done Gap Study of Six State Drug Testing Lab viz Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Joginder Nagar (H.P) and West Bengal.