Plastics manufacturers hope to extend the mandatory BIS quality requirement for polymers by one year
The expectations of plastics manufacturers for an extension of the binding BIS (Bureau of Indian Standard) quality standards for polymers are rising by one year after the quality authority has decided to extend the implementation in selected chemicals by four months.
According to trade sources, the BIS has extended the deadline for the binding implementation of its quality standards for acetone by four months. Contrary to the earlier deadline for mandatory implementation of October 2021, the BIS decided under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs to enforce the quality standards from February 2022.
Now the plastics manufacturers hope that the BIS will extend the deadline for the binding implementation of their quality standards at least from the beginning of next year. If the decision is positive, the extension will bring great relief for the polymer user industries, including the plastics manufacturers.
“A few days ago we applied to the responsible ministry and the BIS with the request for a one-year extension of the binding implementation of the quality standards. There is still no reaction to our presentation. We hope, however, that the government will take a positive view of our request and extend the deadline, ”Deepak Lawale, general secretary of the Organization of Processors Producers of India (OPPI), told Polymerupdate.
In a notification in April 2021, the BIS had given manufacturers, importers, traders and users of various chemicals and polymers a six-month period to comply with the quality standards it had set. The notification set October 12, 2021 as the deadline for binding implementation.
“Today we are making our statements to the BIS and the relevant ministry to extend the mandatory implementation by one year,” said Chandrakant Turakhia, president of the All India Plastics Manufacturers Association (AIPMA), the leading industry organization representing plastics manufacturers across India Polymer update.
“Both polymer manufacturers and their users follow the international standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ASTM International (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials) and DIN (German Institute for Standardization eV). Then why do we need a different standard? ”Asked a senior representative of the industry on condition not to be identified.
“The industry needs breathing space. The government did not do any preparatory work before making implementation mandatory. The postponement would bring relief from a possible kiosk. But swords are still hanging, ”said one officer.
The quality of the polymer will vary even with a slight change in the product specification. A small change in physical or chemical properties makes a big difference in separating the product type. Therefore it would be difficult to implement other than the international quality standards.
“There are still gray areas for enforcement agencies. Would international standards continue to exist if the BIS quality standard was implemented? If so, what is the point of having so many quality standards? If not, the requirements of the BIS quality standard are recognized worldwide. Above all: which standard will apply to domestic users and which to importers? The BIS authorities have to clarify that, ”said an official from a large polymer importer.
DILIP KUMAR JHA