National Testing House

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The union government is working on making the National Test House (NTH) as the apex certification body for all Indian products.

About National Test House: 

  • It was formerly known as the Government Test House, boasts a rich legacy dating back to its establishment in 1912.
  • It is India's largest multi-location multidisciplinary industrial central government's testing laboratory dealing with almost all sorts of testing, calibration and quality evaluation related to industry, commerce, trade etc. as per international and national standards.
  • At present it is providing facilities like testing, evaluation, and calibration of raw materials as well as finished products to the end users through its branches established at Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Ghaziabad, Jaipur, Guwahati, and Varanasi .
  • Functions
    • Test and evaluation of materials, products, equipments, modules, system and sub-system in practically all branches of Science & technology.
    • Test and Certification of Welders under the scheme of Central Authority for Testing and Certification of Welders.
    • Assist industries in developing indigenous products for export promotion and import substitution besides their quality assurance programme.
    • Assist BIS in formulation of National Standards.
    • Assist industries and users' organization with R & D work in Test Engineering.
    • Assisting National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories [NABL] in accreditation of Testing & Calibration Laboratories in the country.
  • Presently it is functioning as a subordinate office under, of India, Ministry of Consumers Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, and Department of Consumer Affairs.

Q1: What is the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)?

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the National Standards Body of India established under the BIS Act 2016. Its objective is to harmoniously develop the activities of standardisation and quality assurance of goods and articles.

Source: Centre plans to make National Test House as apex certification body for all Indian products