SSI scheme for ISO 9001 certification

New Delhi, March 24 | Updated: Mar 25 2005, 05:30am hrs
In order to encourage standardisation of items produced in the small-scale sector, the ministry of small scale industries has taken up a scheme under which 75% of the cost incurred by a SSI unit for acquiring ISO-9001/ISO-140001 certification is reimbursed. The scheme has benefitted 7,226 units so far. However, the ministry has fixed the maximum reimbursement amount to Rs 75,000, minister of small scale industries Mahabir Prasad told Parliament on Thursday.

The government has established regional testing centres (RTCs) in the four metros - New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai - and seven field testing stations (FTSs) to assist small scale industries in testing and certification of their products as per quality standards of different countries. The seven FTSs are located at Jaipur, Bhopal, Kolhapur, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pondicherry and Changancherry.

In order to create awareness among small scale entrepreneurs regarding the ISO-9000 quality management system and provide information on it the ministry is running certification training programmes. These are being run through the various small industries services institutes (SISIs) and RTCs located in various states. These certification programmes deal both with recognised quality standards on management as well as on environment standards of different countries.