Quality Council of India is the Secretariat of the India National Platform on Private Sustainability Standards.
QCI, an autonomous body set up by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India jointly with the Indian Industry represented by the three premier industry associations i.e. Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), to establish and operate national accreditation structure and promote quality through National Quality Campaign.
It is registered as a non-profit society with its own Memorandum of Association and is governed by a Council with equal representations of government, industry and consumers. The Council plays a pivotal role at the national level in propagating, adoption and adherence to quality standards in all important spheres of activities including education, healthcare, environment protection, governance, social sectors, infrastructure sector and such other areas of organized activities that have significant bearing in improving the quality of life and well-being of the citizens of India.
Per Charter of the Platform:
Organization and Mandate
- The Quality Council of India shall be the Secretariat of the Platform.
- The Quality Council of India derives its mandate as Secretariat after being identified at the Standards Conclave 2014 as the nodal organization to be dealing with private standards in India.
- The offices of the Quality Council of India shall house the Secretariat of the Platform, unless otherwise determined.
Role & Personality
- The Secretariat shall be the focal liaising point between the government and the industry.
- The Secretariat shall continue to be a credible, reliable and trustworthy organization with a strong knowledge of the standards ecosystem.
- The Secretariat shall collaborate with standards bodies, accreditation bodies across economies for promoting sustainability standards for mutual benefit.
Departments & Staff
- The Secretariat shall comprise a Secretary-General and such staff as the Platform may require for efficient functioning of the Platform.
- The Secretary-General of Quality Council of India shall be the ex-officio Secretary-General of the Platform.
- The Secretary-General shall appoint one or more Secretaries to the Platform for discharging executive, coordinative, and administrative responsibilities on zir behalf.
- In the performance of their duties, the Secretary General, the Secretary-General and the staff shall not seek or receive instructions from any stakeholder of the Platform or from any other authority external to the Platform.
- They shall refrain from any action which might reflect on their position as autonomous officials responsible to the Platform.
- Each member of the Platform undertakes to respect the exclusive character of the responsibilities of the Secretary-General and the staff of the Platform and not to seek to influence them in the discharge of their responsibilities.
- The Secretariat shall appraise the Steering Council of any matter concerned with the Platform which it deems necessary for the Steering Council to be cognizant of.
- The Secretariat shall periodically report to the MultiStakeholder Assembly and the Steering Council regarding matters of the Platform.
- The Secretariat shall also brief and report to the Sectoral Committees on matters which it deems fit to be addressed by the Sectoral Committees.