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THE BUREAU OF INDIAN STANDARD ACT, 1986

Title : THE BUREAU OF INDIAN STANDARD ACT, 1986

Year : 1986



(1) With effect from such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint in this behalf, there} shall be established for the purpose of this Act, a Bureau, to be called the Bureau or Indian Standards.

(2) The Bureau shall be a body corporate by the name aforesaid, having perpetual succession and a common seal, with power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to acquire, hold and dispose of property, both movable and immovable, and to contract and shall by the said name sue and be sued:

(3) The Bureau shall consist of the following members, namely:-

(a) The Minister in charge of the Ministry or Department of the Central Government having administrative control of the Bureau who shall be ex-officio President of the Bureau;

(b) The Minister of State or a Deputy Minister, if any, in the Ministry or Department of the Central Government having administrative control of the Bureau who shall be ex-officio Vice-President of the Bureau, and where there is no such Minister of State or Deputy Minister, such person as may be nominated by the Central Government to be the Vice-President of the Bureau;

(c) The Secretary to the Government of India in charge of the Ministry or Department of the Central Government having administrative control of the Bureau ex-officio;

(d) The Director-General of the Bureau ex-officio;

(e) Such number of other persons, to represent the Government, industry, scientific and research institutions, and other interests, as may be prescribed, to be appointed by the Central Government.

(4) The term of office of the members referred to in clause (e) of sub-section (3) and the manner of filling vacancies among, and the procedure to be followed in the discharge of their functions, by the members, shall be such as may be prescribed.

(5) The Bureau may associate with itself, in such manner and for such purposes as may be prescribed, any persons whose assistance or advice it may desire in complying with any of the provisions of this Act and a person so associated shall have the right to take part in the discussions of the Bureau relevant to the purposes for which he has been associated but shall not have the right to vote.



(1) The Bureau may, with the prior approval of the Central Government, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute an Executive Committee which shall consist of the following members, namely:-

(a) Director-General of the Bureau, who shall be its ex-officio Chairman;

(b) Such number of members, as may be prescribed.

(2) The Executive Committee, constituted under sub-section (1) shall perform, exercise and discharge such of the, functions, powers and duties of the Bureau as may be delegated to it by the Bureau.



(1) Subject to any regulations made in this behalf, the Bureau may, from time to time and as and when it is considered necessary, constitute the following Advisory Committees for the efficient discharge of its functions, namely:-

(a) Financial Committee;

(b) Certification Advisory Committee;

(c) Standards Advisory Committee;

(d) Laboratory Advisory Committee;

(e) Planning and Development Advisory Committees;

(f) such number of other committees as may be determined by regulations.

(2) Each Advisory Committee shall consist of a Chairman and such other members as may be determined by regulations.

(3) Without prejudice to the powers contained in sub-section (1), the Bureau may constitute, as and when considered necessary, such number of technical committees of experts for the formulation of standards in respect of articles or processes.



No act or proceedings of the Bureau, the Executive Committee or any Committee constituted under section 5 shall be invalid merely by reason of-

(a) Any vacancy in, or any defect in the constitution of the Bureau or the Committee; or

(b) Any defect in the appointment of a person acting as a member of the Bureau or Committee; or

(c) Any irregularity in the procedure of the Bureau or the Committee not affecting the merits of the case.



(1) The Central Government shall appoint a Director-General of the Bureau.

(2) The terms and conditions of service of the Director-General of the Bureau shall be such as may be prescribed.

(3) Subject to the general superintendence and control of the Bureau, the Director General of the Bureau shall be the Chief Executive Authority of the Bureau.

(4) The Director-General of the Bureau shall exercise and discharge such of the powers and duties of the Bureau as may be determined by regulations.



(1) The Bureau may appoint such other officers and employees as it considers necessary for the efficient discharge of its functions under this Act.

(2) The terms and conditions of service of officers and employees of the Bureau appointed under sub-section (1) shall be such as may be determined by regulations.

Last updated on July, 2016

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