The Quality Council of India (QCI) is a pioneering experiment of the Government of India in setting up organizations in partnership with the Indian industry.

Since 1992 a need had been felt for the establishment of an accreditation body in the country to establish internationally acceptable mechanism for recognition of conformity assessment results. As regards laboratories, an accreditation body under the Ministry of Science & Technology was already functioning. A committee which included various interested ministries and stakeholders including industries was established to make suitable recommendations. The work was coordinated by the then Department of Industries (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion) and the recommendations were submitted to the Cabinet in 1996. Key recommendations included the Need for establishing an organization jointly by the Government and the industry and the need for the organization to be self-sustaining and be away from the government.

Accepting the recommendations, the Cabinet Committee decided to set up Quality Council of India as a non-profit autonomous society registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 to establish an accreditation structure in the country and to spread quality movement in India by undertaking a National Quality Campaign.

The Mission of QCI is to lead nationwide quality movement in India by involving all stakeholders for emphasis on adherence to quality standards in all spheres of activities primarily for promoting and protecting interests of the nation and its citizens.

The United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards is a neutral, independent and credible platform that supports pro-poor sustainable development objectives and helps developing countries get access to global markets as the economic, social and environmental impacts of production and consumption play an increasingly important role in shaping consumer choices.

UNFSS was created to respond to the challenges posed by sustainability standards. It supports decision-makers in developing countries find the right information on Sustainability Standards, as well as share their experiences and get technical help.

UNFSS addresses the sustainable development value of voluntary sustainability standards by pooling resources, synchronizing efforts, and assuring policy coherence, coordination and collaboration among the 5 United Nations agencies which are part of it.

The UNFSS Secretariat is based at UNCTAD in Geneva, Switzerland. It has a support group responsible for implementing its work plan and the coordination of all the activities undertaken under the UNFSS name.

UNFSS is an initiative of 5 UN agencies: UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Trade Centre (ITC), UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), and UN Environment (UNE).

UNFSS Steering Committee (SC) is made up of representatives from the five partner agencies that run the forum:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • UN Environment Programme (UN Environment)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)


The committee holds about four coordination meetings a year and is responsible for:

  • implementing and facilitating the forum’s global dialogue on policy
  • analysis and support activities
  • working areas
  • thematic focus
  • work plan
  • budget

Contact Santiago Fernández de Córdoba, UNFSS Coordinator, for more information.