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India: Cotton bales specification to be included under BIS Act, 2016

The Union textiles ministry has approved a proposal to include the Indian Standard Cotton Bales Specification IS 12171:201 3, under Mandatory Conformity Assessment Scheme under Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Act, 2016. Accordingly, a draft Cotton Bales (Quality Control) Order, 2018 has been proposed which includes confirmation of cotton bales to IS 12171:2013 and bearing the standard mark under a licence from the Bureau of Indian Standards as per Scheme-II of Schedule II of BIS Conformity Assessment Regulations, 2018.

The Bureau of Indian Standards shall be the certifying and enforcing authority along with an officer who will hold the rank of General Manager, District Industries Center in Department of Industries of the state government, who shall be the enforcing authority. Any person who contravenes the provisions shall be punishable under the provisions of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016.