In an important step in a new push for standardisation in the field of Ayush, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has notified 31 Indian standards related to Ayush, which includes 30 herbs and one product (stainless steel neti pot).
BIS is the national standard body of India, which is mandated for the development of the activities of standardisation, marking and quality certification.
These standards were recently published through gazette notification.
BIS has also created an additional department for enabling dedicated focus on Ayush at BIS.
Appreciating the step, Ayush Ministry said that it believed that this endeavour by BIS for development of standards and accreditation/certification of Ayush will augment international trade by ensuring quality of products and services,
It will also provide confidence to the manufactures and bring benefits to consumers in terms of reducing costs, enhancing performance and improving safety, according to the ministry.
Recently, BIS has added another pillar to its robust structure of standardisation in India by establishing an additional department with a dedicated focus on Ayush at BIS.
According to the ministry, the move will not only provide an impetus to the process of standardisation but also will aid Ministry of Ayush objectives to ensure quality of Ayush products and services at all levels.
BIS has also taken the initiative to formulate International Standards in collaboration with the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).
On the advice of BIS, a Working Group (WG–10) on ‘Traditional Medicine’ has been created in the ISO/TC-215 ‘Health Informatics’.
The globalisation and increasing usage of traditional systems of medicine, the need for national and international standards for Ayush systems has become imperative.
Ministry of Ayush has been consistently working to create a vibrant quality ecosystem to facilitate trade and ensure the availability of quality products and services to consumers both at the national and global levels.
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