Steel Standards Strengthen: India's Quality Control Move

India’s Ministry of Steel has implemented a Quality Control Order (QCO) for 145 Indian Standards on steel and its products. This
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India’s Ministry of Steel has implemented a Quality Control Order (QCO) for 145 Indian Standards on steel and its products. This mandate requires Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification, ensuring adherence to Indian Standards before steel products enter the market, aiming to prevent substandard materials, both domestically produced and imported, from circulating in India.



India’s Ministry of Steel has taken a monumental step in safeguarding its steel markets by instituting a Quality Control Order (QCO) concerning 145 Indian Standards on steel and related products. The primary objective of this order is to fortify the market against the influx of substandard steel, whether it originates domestically or arrives from foreign producers. The QCO stipulates the mandatory adherence of steel and its various products entering the Indian market to the pertinent Indian Standards, requiring compulsory certification from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

The ambit of this order spans across multiple steel grades specified within the 145 Indian Standards outlined in the QCO. This encompasses plain carbon steel, alloy steel, and stainless steel. Compliance with the BIS Standard Mark under a valid BIS License, as per the provisions of Section 17 of the BIS Act, 2016, is a prerequisite for any steel and steel products entering the Indian market.

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) plays a pivotal role in this process, meticulously assessing and issuing the BIS License to both domestic and foreign manufacturers. This assessment thoroughly evaluates the manufacturing and testing infrastructure, ensuring alignment with the Indian Standard before granting the license. Post-licensing, every consignment of steel, whether produced domestically or imported, must bear the BIS Standard Mark, signaling compliance with the relevant Indian Standard.

To uphold the quality standards continuously, BIS conducts regular inspections of manufacturing facilities and market surveillance. This rigorous monitoring aims to verify ongoing adherence to the required standards. In instances of QCO violations, BIS initiates enforcement measures to uphold the integrity of the mandate.


India’s Ministry of Steel’s Quality Control Order (QCO) imposition on 145 Indian Standards for steel and steel products marks a significant stride toward ensuring top-notch quality in the market. By enforcing BIS certification and standards adherence, India aims to prevent substandard steel from entering its markets, emphasizing the importance of quality assurance and continuous monitoring to maintain industry integrity.

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