Global Quality Infrastructure Index (GQII):
India’s national accreditation system under the Quality Council of India (QCI) has been ranked 5th in the world in the recent Global Quality Infrastructure Index (GQII) 2021.
- The GQII ranks the 184 economies in the world based on quality infrastructure (QI).
- India’s overall QI system ranking continues to be in the Top 10 at the 10th position, with the standardization system (under BIS) at 9th and the metrology system (under NPL-CSIR) at the 21st position in the world.
- The GQII is an initiative of the independent consulting firms Mesopartner and Analyticar to research and disseminate data on Quality Infrastructure.
- It measures the relative development of countries’ quality infrastructure.
- A formula calculates a score for each country based on its position in the sub-rankings for metrology, standards and accreditation.
Quality Council of India:
- It was established in 1997 jointly by the Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT), the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, and the Indian industry.
- It is registered as a non-profit organizationunder the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.
- It is operated through the constituent Boards of QCI, primarily the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB), and the National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories (NABL),
- It is governed by a Council of 38 members with equal representations of government, industry and consumers.
- The Chairman of QCI is appointed by the Prime Minister on the recommendation of the industry to the government.