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Why should Consumers look for Quality Mark of QCI while purchasing products?

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Today, many products require testing for conformance with specifications or compliance with safety or other regulations before they can be put on many markets. Even simpler products may require supporting technical documentation that includes test data. With so much trade taking place across borders, it may just not be practical for these activities to be carried out by suppliers and customers, but rather by specialized third parties. In addition, national legislation may require such testing to be carried out by independent bodies, particularly when the products concerned have health or environmental implications. In fact, conformity assessment has become an important component of world trade which is most often carried out by specialist organizations, such as inspection and certification bodies and testing laboratories. QCI coordinates programmes for conformity assessment and related processes.

Certification is the procedure by which a third party gives written assurance that a product, process, system or person conforms to specified requirements.

In India awareness on Quality is still at a nascent state. There is need to propagate concepts of quality within all suppliers of products and services especially on quality standards, quality tools and best practices. Equally consumers must be empowered to demand quality. This can only happen when there is large scale quality campaign across the country. The purpose of National Quality Campaign is to educate both suppliers and consumers on modern concepts of quality.

Nearly 67 pc of imported toys are dangerous for kids: What startling facts does this QCI survey reveal?

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Nearly 67 per cent of imported toys have failed the testing survey of the Quality Council of India (QCI).

According to the survey report, 66.90 per cent of imported toys failed the test, and only 33.10 per cent passed all the tests. The testing was conducted by the QCI on toys available in the markets of Delhi and NCR.

As many as 121 different varieties were procured and submitted to NABL accredited laboratories to carry out all the tests on these toys as per the Indian standards.
According to the QCI report, as many as 30 per cent of plastic toys failed to meet the safety standards of admissible levels of phthalate, heavy metals, etc., and 80 per cent of plastic toys failed on mechanical and physical safety properties.

In the case of soft toys, 45 per cent failed on the admissible levels of phthalates. In the case of electric toys, 75 per cent of the sample failed on mechanical properties.
85 per cent of the toys sold are imported from China, followed by Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Germany, Hongkong, and the USA.

On November 19, the draft Quality Control Order (QCO) was sent for notification to the WTO. Also, the Department of Commerce requested DPIIT to re-examine QCO from two perspectives on November 22. Definition of toys is to be explicitly stated in QCO to minimise evasion from the compliance.