Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Kerala Region in association with the Rubber Board is organizing a meeting of the BIS licensees of Natural Rubber (NR) processing units on 25 March 2014 at Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII), Kottayam. Mrs. Sheela Thomas, Chairman, Rubber Board will inaugurate the meeting at 10.00 am. The meeting will discuss ways of improving the certification process and the issues related to certification and quality of products. A separate session will be conducted in the afternoon exclusively for natural rubber processors who are yet to take BIS licence. BIS has simplified the certification scheme and assistance would be provided to those who seek product certification.
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the national standards body of India, is a statutory organization under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act 1986. BIS signed an agreement with the Rubber Board in 1999 and the two organizations have been jointly carrying out the certification of concentrated latex as per IS 5430 and Block Rubber as per IS 4588. Majority of the processing units are now covered under the certification and a well-defined scheme of testing and inspection to ensure that the product conforms to standards, is in operation.
Mr. N. Rajagopal, Director (P&PD), Rubber Board and Mr.Varghese Joy and Mr. Devendar from BIS will participate in the meeting.