Silchar, June 24 : With an intention to promote the supply of quality protective gears during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has relaxed the norms of having in-house testing for three types of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) viz. filter half masks, surgical face masks and eye protectors. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) decided the relaxations.
According to the old norms, license to manufacture the above mentioned products were issued only in the name of those having in-house testing facilities. The new relaxed norms now allow the manufacturers to test the samples for specific requirements in labs of BIS licensees, with in-house testing facilities, or in BIS recognised or empanelled private or government labs.
“The intention is to bring more manufacturers in the scope of BIS Product Certification Scheme, which will in turn result into greater quantities of BIS certified PPEs in the markets”, the BIS said.
A data based on 81 mask manufacturers suggests that their current capacities of manufacturing 2 ply/3 ply masks are 295 crore.
BIS is a national standards body that functions under the Consumer Affairs Ministry. The body has created more than 25,000 quality standards for different products and services.