Export Inspection Council
The Export Inspection Council (EIC) was set up by the Government of India under Section 3 of the Export (Quality Control and Inspection) Act, 1963 (22 of 1963), in order to ensure sound development of export trade of India through Quality Control and Inspection and for matters connected thereof.
EIC is an advisory body to the Central Government, which is empowered under the Act to:
Besides its advisory role, the Export Inspection Council, also exercises technical and administrative control over the five Export Inspection Agencies (EIAs), one each at Channai, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata and Mumbai established by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, under Section 7 of the Act for the purpose of implementing the various measures and policies formulated by the Export Inspection Council of India.
Under the Export Quality Control & Inspection Act, 1963, the Council, which is constituted by the Central Government, is the apex body, and has powers to constitute specialist committees to assist it in discharge of its functions. Accordingly, the Council has constituted Administrative Committee to advise it on administrative matters and a Technical Committee to advise it on technical matters. Besides, it has created some Standing Committees in specific technical areas as given below :
To facilitate worldwide access for Indian exports through a credible and efficient inspection and certification system and earn global recognition as India’s premier organization for certifying quality
To create an export inspection & certification infrastructure within the country based on International Standards for Certification Authorities in consonance with WTO requirements.
EIC, either directly or through the Export Inspection Agencies, its field organizations, renders services in the areas of:
Training and technical assistance to the industry in installation of Quality and Safety Management Systems based on principles of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), ISO-9001: 2000, ISO: 17025 and other related international standards, laboratory testing etc.
Recognition of Inspection Agencies as per ISO 17020 and Laboratories as per ISO 17025 and utilizing them for export inspection and testing.
In rendering the above services, EIAs are backed by qualified technical manpower, having nearly forty years of diversified experience of quality control and inspection of notified commodities including their testing as per international standards/importing countries’ standards or the foreign buyers’ specifications.