India’s national accreditation system under the Quality Council of India (QCI) has been ranked 5th in the world in the recent Global Quality Infrastructure Index (GQII) 2021. The GQII ranks the 184 economies in the world on the basis of the quality infrastructure (QI).
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The Quality Council of India (QCI) stated that it is proud to be acknowledged as one of the world’s top five accreditation systems. It noted that it would help pave the way for collaborations that aim to improve the quality of infrastructure.
India’s Overall Ranking in Global Quality Infrastructure Index (GQII) 2021:
India’s overall QI system ranking continues to be in the Top 10 at the 10th position, with the standardization system (under BIS) at 9th and the metrology system (under NPL-CSIR) at 21st position in the world.
According to the report, the top 25 countries in the world are mainly located in Asia-Pacific, North America, and Europe. Some of these include India, Australia, Turkey, and Brazil.
The methodology of the GQII rankings takes into account the data collected from various sources during the year. The 2021 rankings are based on data collected till the end of December 2021 and analysed through 2022.
This initiative is supported by various organizations such as Germany’s BMZ and the PTB. It aims to promote standardization, metrology, and related services.
About Quality Council of India (QCI):
- The QCI is the body that handles accreditation in India. However, the Bureau of Indian Standards is responsible for developing standards and on the other hand managing the country’s metrology system is done by the Council Of Scientific And Industrial Research – National Physical Laboratory (CSIR–NPL).
- Quality Infrastructure is a vital component of the international trade community. It provides various services such as conformity assessment and metrology, which help ensure the safety and reliability between trading partners.
- The accreditation system of India is carried out through the various constituent boards of the QCI. These boards are responsible for providing accreditation to various organizations such as certification bodies, validation and inspection bodies, and testing and calibration laboratories.