Handicrafts, GI toys exempted from Quality Control Order to stimulate MSMEs: Commerce Ministry

New Delhi: Taking steps towards the Prime Minister’s vision of making India a global manufacturing hub for sale & exports of toys, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, has devised a comprehensive action plan with steps being taken to boost production & sale of indigenous toys across the country, stated the Ministry in a press communication. According to the statement, Quality Control Order has been issued by the Department for standardisation and quality adherence of toys on Saturday, 12th December. The order will come into effect from 1st January, 2021. This order aims to bring forward the synergised efforts of the Government of India, states, and the stakeholders to promote ‘Team up for toys’ vision keeping quality standards of the indigenous toys as the priority.

Now, as a part of the initiatives being taken to provide impetus to the medium, small, and micro toy production units in the country, DPIIT has released the Toys (Quality Control) Second Amendment Order, 2020. It exempts goods manufactured & sold by artisans registered with Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) from use of a Standard Mark under licence from the Bureau of Indian Standards, as per Scheme 1 of Schedule-II of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018, the Commerce Ministry said.

The Amendment Order, 2020, also exempts products registered as Geographical Indications from following Indian Toy Standards & compulsory use of Standard Mark licence from Bureau as per Scheme 1 of Schedule-II of BIS (CA) Regulations, 2018. The Gazette notification issued by the department says that “nothing in this Order shall apply to goods or articles manufactured and sold by Registered proprietor and Authorised user of a product registered as Geographical Indication (GI) by the Registrar of Geographical Indications, Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM),” stated the press communication from the Commerce Ministry.


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