Certification marks in India

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India has a comprehensive system of product certifications governed by laws made by the Parliament of India at various times. These certifications are managed by various agencies, and hold various statuses before the law. Some of these marks are mandatory for such products to be manufactured or to be placed in the Indian market while some of the marks hold only an advisory status. All the industrial standardization and industrial product certifications are governed by the Bureau of Indian Standards, the national standards organization of India, while standards for other areas (like agricultural products) are developed and managed by other governmental agencies.

Certification marks[edit]

The state enforced certification marks presently in India are:

The certification is issued by testing centres accredited by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) under the National Program for Organic Production of the Government of India.

Other marks[edit]

These are mandatory marks or labels required by the law in India, but are not exactly certifications marks.

  • The Vegetarian mark (green dot symbol) and the Non-vegetarian mark (brown dot symbol). Either of this is mandatory for packaged food products. To distinguish between vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.
  • Toxicity label. Mandatory on the containers of pesticides sold in India. Identifies the level of toxicity of the pesticide in four levels

Non-statutory marks[edit]

There are other non-statutory certification marks or schemes in India which are promoted by the Government of India, by policy, or through governmental or semi-governmental agencies. But these certifications bear no legal status in the nation and are purely promotional in nature.

Examples of such certifications are: