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PIB Summaries 24 May 2023


  1. ISO Committee on Consumer Policy (COPOLCO)

ISO Committee on Consumer Policy (COPOLCO)

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Why in News?

India is hosting the 44th edition of the coveted annual ISO COPOLCO Plenary from 23-26 May 2023 in New Delhi.

About the ISO COPOLCO Plenary:

  • The ISO COPOLCO Plenary is an event organized by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the national standards body of India.
  • It is a significant event with a global impact on the economy and people’s lives.
  • The event brings together representatives from ISO member countries to discuss and strategize the acceleration of standards development worldwide.

About the Committee on Consumer Policy (COPOLCO):

  • The Committee on Consumer Policy (COPOLCO) is a committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
  • Its primary responsibility is to promote consumer interests in the standardization process and ensure that standards are developed considering the needs of consumers.
  • COPOLCO consists of ISO members who represent various countries.
Objectives of COPOLCO:
  • Study ways to help consumers benefit from standardization and improve consumer participation in national and international standardization.
  • Provide a platform for exchanging information on consumer participation in developing and implementing standards in the consumer field.
  • Advise the ISO Council on consolidated consumer viewpoints regarding ISO’s standardization and conformity assessment work.
  • Advise the ISO Council on the need for new or revised policies or actions within ISO to address consumers’ needs.

About the International Organization for Standardization (ISO):

  • ISO is an independent and non-governmental international organization that consists of members from national standards bodies of 168 countries.
  • The Central Secretariat of ISO is located in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • India is one of the founding members of ISO, demonstrating its early commitment to international standardization.
  • ISO develops and publishes standards that have a global impact across various sectors, including business, industry, technology, and social domains.

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