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Jun 09, 2021
RDSO, Lucknow elevated to be a standard Setting Organization under 'One Nation, One Standard' scheme

Research Design & Standards Organization (RDSO) of Indian Railways has become the first institution to be declared Standard Developing Organization (SDO) under the "One Nation One Standard" mission of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

This unique initiative of two organizations under Government of India (GOI) is going to set a template for all the rest of leading research and standard development organizations in the country to follow and adapt world class standards.

It may be noted that to attain "Nation One Standard" vision of Government of India, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the National Standards Body, has launched a scheme which provides for "Recognition of SDO".

"Through this scheme, BIS aims at aggregating and integrating the existing capabilities and dedicated domain specific expertise available with various organizations in the country engaged in standards development in their specific sectors, and enable convergence of all standard development activities in the country resulting in "One National Standard for One Subject"". an official statement said on Monday.

RDSO, Lucknow, which is the sole R&D Wing of the Ministry of Railways, is one of India's leading standard formulating bodies undertaking standardization work for the railway sector.

RDSO took the initiative to seek recognition as a SDO under the BIS SDO recognition scheme.

"In the process, RDSO reviewed its standard formulation procedures to realign them with the best practices of standardization, encoded in the WTO-TBT "Code of Good Practice" and also mandated by the BIS as essential criteria for recognition as SDO", the statement added.

The statement further said that the BIS, after reviewing the standard making procedures of RDSO, has granted recognition to RDSO on May 24, 2021 as SDO. With this recognition, RDSO became the first SDO in the country to be granted recognition under the BIS SDO recognition scheme.

The scope of RDSO's recognition as SDO, as approved by the Bureau (BIS), is "Standards Developing Organization for products, processes and services for the railway transportation sector in India". The recognition is valid for 3 years and will require renewal after completion of the validity period, it said.

The standard formulation procedures at RDSO will now be more focused on Consensus-based decision making and will entail extensive engagement of all stakeholders including Industry, Academia, Users, Recognized Labs, Test Houses etc, in the process of standard making from the very early stages i.e. from conceptualization to finalization of standards.

Some of the major benefits that will flow out of this recognition by BIS, under the BIS SDO recognition scheme, include larger participation of industry / Vendors / MSME's / Technology Developers in IR Supply Chain, Increased competitiveness amongst Industry / Vendors, Reduction in Cost, Quantum improvement in Quality of Product & Services, Smooth Induction of latest evolving & emerging technologies on IR, Reduced dependence on imports, Thrust on "Make-in-India", Improvement in Ease-of-Doing-Business, Recognition of RDSO on International Standards Making Bodies and Integration with Global Supply Chain / Global Trade.

The onus of complying with the terms and conditions, which entail conformance to the established six principles of standardization with greater emphasis on maintaining Transparency, Openness, Impartiality, Effectiveness, Coherence and Development Dimension, in the process of standard making, will improve the overall confidence and trust of Industry and Technology Developers in the standards setting body i.e. RDSO and motivate all stakeholders to contribute in standard formulation for the railway sector in the country.

"It will also help in harmonizing the standardization activity thereby providing opportunity for greater participation of all stakeholders in formulation & implementation of national standards and creating in the long run, a brand India identity for quality of product manufactured inter the country," it said.

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