Global Quality Infrastructure Index(GQII)


    In News

    • Recently, India’s national accreditation system under the Quality Council of India (QCI) has been ranked 5th in the world in the recent Global Quality Infrastructure Index (GQII) 2021.

    Global Quality Infrastructure Index(GQII )

    • The GQII ranks the 184 economies in the world on the basis of quality infrastructure (QI).
    • The GQII is a database and ranking that allows interested persons to compare the quality infrastructure of different countries worldwide.
    • The GQII program is an initiative of the independent consulting firms Mesopartner and Analyticar to research and disseminate data on Quality Infrastructure.
    • Quality Infrastructure means the international system of metrology, standardization, accreditation and quality-related services (testing, calibration, inspection, verification, training and awareness building).
    • It creates confidence in international trade and contributes to the protection of consumers and the environment.
    • GQII rankings are published and presented post-facto for each year based on the data collected till the end of that year. 
    • The 2021 rankings are based on data till the end of December 2021, collected and analyzed through 2022. 

    India’s Performance

    •  India’s overall QI system ranking continues to be in the Top 10 at the 10th position, with 
      • the standardization system (under BIS) at 9th 
      • and the metrology system (under NPL-CSIR) at 21st position in the world.
    • This is the sign of a New India in the Amrit Kaal with a quality first approach.
    • India’s accreditation system is the youngest among the three QI pillars in India
    • Accreditation helps establish the competence and credibility of conformity assessment bodies (CABs) which perform testing, certification, inspection, etc

    Quality Council of India (QCI)

    • It is a body established in 1997 jointly by the Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, and the Indian industry. 
    • It is operated through the constituent Boards of QCI, primarily the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB), which provides accreditation to the certification, inspection, and validation / verification bodies, and the National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories (NABL), which provides accreditation to the testing, calibration and medical laboratories.