Facts for Prelims (FFP)
Context: India has achieved the distinction of becoming the 13th country in the world authorized to issue Internationally Accepted OIML (International Organization of Legal Metrology) Certificates.
- This accomplishment allows domestic manufacturers in India to have their weighing and measuring instruments tested within the country and then sell them in the international market.
- The OIML is an intergovernmental organization established in 1955, with India becoming a member in 1956. It has 63 Member States and 64 Corresponding Members.
- Benefits indigenous manufacturers as they can export their weighing and measuring instruments worldwide without incurring additional testing fees, resulting in cost savings.
- India can support foreign manufacturers by issuing OIML pattern approval certificates through its certified RRSLs, generating foreign exchange through fees and services.
- Influence OIML policies and provide input to the OIML Strategy.
India now joins an exclusive group of nations, including Australia, Switzerland, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, France, United Kingdom, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, and Slovakia, as the 13th country worldwide authorized to issue OIML approval certificates.