BANGLADESH STANDARDS AND TESTING INSTITUTION (BSTI)
Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), the only National Standards body of Bangladesh, is playing an important role in developing and Promoting industrial Standardization. Keeping in view that Standardization, metrology, testing and quality control in the industrial spheres are the basic pre-requisite of the infrastructure necessary for sound economic development of the country, the Government of Bangladesh has established the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) with the merger of Bangladesh Standards Institution and the Central Testing Laboratories in 1985 through promulgating "The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Ordinance, 1985(Ordinance XXXVII of 1985)".
The BSTI is a body corporate and its administrative Ministry is the Ministry of Industries.
The Institution so formed has become member of the International Organization for standardization(ISO) in 1974. At present, BSTI is the Member/Affiliate Member/ Contact Point/ Nodal Point of the following International/Regional Organizations:
International Organization for Legal Metrology (OIML)
Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) of FAO/WHO
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
Asia Pacific Metrology Programme (APMP)
Asian Forum for Information Technology (AFIT)
ISO Information Network (ISO NET)
Standing Group for Standardization, Metrology, Testing and Quality
he Institutions task is to prepare Standards for all articles, products, methods and services. The Institution can bring any product under BSTI's Compulsory Certification marking after approval of the Govt. A regulation has already been notified by special Regulatory order named BSTI Regulation 1989 for this purpose. The BSTI marks cannot be used under any circumstances by others without approval in
advance from BSTI. Only the standards approved, and passed by the Institution are called Bangladesh Standards. As a rule, the Bangladesh Standards are voluntary. The compulsoriness of a standard requires of being as Bangladesh one..Compulsory standards are published in the
Official Gazette. The authority to which the Institution reports is the Ministry of Industries.
The main functions of BSTI
■ BSTI is entrusted with the responsibility of formulation of national Standards of industrial, food and chemical products keeping in view the regional and international standards.
■ BSTI is responsible for the quality control of the products which are ensured as per specific national standards made by the technical committees formed by BSTI.
■ BSTI is also responsible for the implementation of metric system and to oversee the accuracy of weights and measures in the country.
Laws Governing BSTI
a. The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Ordinance, 1985 (Ordinance No. XXXVII of 1985).
b. The Standards of weights and Measures Ordinance, 1982 (Ordinance No. XII of 1982).
c. The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (Amendment) Ordinance, 1988 (Ordinance No. XI of 1988).
d. The Standards of weights and Measures(Amendment) Act, 2001
e. The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Employee Service Rules, 1989.
f. The standards of weights and Measures Rules, 1982 (as Amended, 2006)
g. The Bangladesh Standards of Weights and Measures (Packaged commodities) Rules, 2007
1. The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Employee Service Rules, 1989.
2. The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Rules 1989.
3. The Standards of Weights and Measures Rules 1982.
4. The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Employee (Pension & Gratuity Rules 2002).
Functions: The Functions of the Institutions:
(a) To set up Bangladesh Standards of quality and dimensions and prepare and promote the general adoption of standards on national and international basis relating to materials, commodities, structures, practices and operations and, from time to time, to withdraw, revise, alter and amend the same;
(b) To consider and recommend to the Government Bangladesh Standards for the measurement of length, weight mass, volume, and, energy;
(c) To promote standardization, quality control, metrology and simplification in industry and commerce;
(d) To secure compliance with the Bangladesh Standards adopted by the Institution by the producers and users;
(e) To implement Bangladesh Standards through the administration of a national certification mark scheme or inspection of goods or both;
(t) To provide or arrange facilities for examination, testing and inspection of commodities, processes and practices for any investigation, research or promotion of export that may be necessary and to issue test reports;
(g) To certify the quality of commodities, materials, produces, products and other things including food materials, whether for local consumption, export or import;
(h) To co ordinate the efforts of producers and users for the improvement of materials, products, code of practice, appliances, processes and methods, so as to eliminate the national waste of material and time involved in the production of an unnecessary variety of patterns and sizes of articles for one and the same purpose;
(i) To establish and publish, in such manner as may be prescribed, the Bangladesh Standard Specifications in relation to any article or process or code of practice;
(j) to recognize, adopt or endorse as a Bangladesh Standard, in such manner as may be prescribed, any standard established by any other Institution in Bangladesh or in any foreign country, or by international organizations in relation to any article or process;
(k) To specify a Standard Mark to be called the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Certification Mark which shall be of such design and contain such particulars as may be prescribed to represent a particular Bangladesh Standard;
(l) To grant, renew, reject, suspend or cancel, in such manner as may be prescribed, a license for the use of Standard Mark;
(m) To make such inspection and take such samples of any material or substance as may be necessary to see Whether any article or processin relation to which the Standard Mark has been used or proposed to be used conforms to the Bangladesh Standard or whether the Standard Mark has been improperly used in relation to any, article or process with or without license;
(n) To utilize with the permission of the owners, the services of laboratories other than those maintained by the Institution and approve such laboratories for the purpose of the Institution;
(o) To make arrangements or provide for the facilities, for the testing and calibration of precision instruments, gauges and scientific apparatus and for the issue of certificates in regard thereto so as to make them comply with the required standards;
(p) To undertake execution of any trust or any agency business which it may consider conducive to the attainment of, its objectives;
(q) To co operate with any person, association, or organization, outside Bangladesh having objectives, similar to those for which the Institution is established; and
(r) To do all such acts and things ancillary, or incidental to any of the aforesaid, functions.