BSTI standard mark mandatory for 28 more products

Jasim Uddin | Published at 12:05am on July 12, 2018

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A file photo shows a trader showing refrigerator to his customers at a showroom in Dhaka. The government has made mandatory using standard mark of the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution on the level of 28 more products, including refrigerator. — Focus Bangla photo

The government has made mandatory using standard mark of the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution on the level of 28 more products.
It has also prohibited sale, distribution and commercial advertisement of products which do not meet the BSTI standard called Bangladesh Standard (BDS).
The prohibition, however, will come into force two months after issuance of gazette notification.
Industries ministry on July 3 issued two gazette notifications in this connection.
The products include edible jell, poultry feeds, fish feed, puffed rice (muri), macaroni, spaghetti and vermicelli, chocolate, chewing gum, ball gum and bubble gum, follow-up formula, facial tissue paper, toilet tissue paper, sanitary towels napkins, soluble coffee powder, roasted and ground coffee and roasted coffee chicory powder, skin lotions, baby oil, skin powder, skin creams, lotions and shampoo for babies.
It also includes refillable seamless aluminum alloy gas cylinders, -design, construction and testing, refillable welded steel gas cylinders-test pressure 60 bar and below and refillable seamless steel gas cylinders-design, construction and testing.
Performance of air conditioners and heat pumps-energy labelling and minimum energy performance standard requirements, specification for household refrigerators/freezers, diammonium phosphate, electrical accessories-circuit breakers for overcurrent protection for household and similar installations, electricity metering-payment systems, sanitary tapware-single taps and combination taps for water supply systems, enamel synthetic exterior, emulsion paint and economy emulsion paint have also been brought under mandatory certification marks scheme.
Currently, use of BDS mark is mandatory for 166 products which will increase to 194 after implementation of the new decisions, officials of the BSTI said.
The existing products under mandatory use of standard marks include 71 from agricultural and food products, 42 from chemical products, 27 from electrical and electronics products, 15 from engineering products and 11 from jute and textile products.
There are another 55 imported products which must have to use certification marks of the BSTI.
They said that producers who would be able to meet the BDS standard for the respective products would get the approval from the BSTI to use the standard mark.
A senior BSTI official on Wednesday told New Age that they would issue a public notice asking manufacturers of those products for obtaining licence from the institution to use the standard mark.
BSTI inspects the factories of the producers and conduct test of sample product to examine whether it meets the BDS standard for the respective product described in the BSTI Standards Catalogue-2018, he said.
The catalogue contains national standards for more than 4,000 products formulated by BSTI committees comprised of persons from professionals, scientists and technical experts.
Applicant companies would get the licence if the quality of the product met the BDS standard, he added.
‘No one will be able to produce, sell, distribute and run commercials of the products not having BSTI licence,’ he said.
He said that they would gradually bring more products under mandatory certification marks scheme to ensure quality of products and protect public health and consumers rights.