India

The trade volume between Germany and India has more than tripled in the past 10 years. India is the fourth largest trade partner of Germany in the Asia-Pacific region, and Germany is India’s most important trade partner in the EU. The goods they trade are very diverse and range from automotive components to medical devices.

 

To reduce technical barriers to trade, strengthen product safety, and enhance consumer protection, both countries have set up the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure in 2013. The Working Group is jointly led by the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (MoCAF&PD) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). It involves relevant ministries, regulators, public agencies, accreditation and standards bodies, industry associations, and companies. On the Indian side, political partners include the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises (MoHI&PE), the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), and the Ministry of Power (MoP).

 

The Indian and German partners and stakeholders of the Working Group jointly address technical market access concerns of the industry, and thereby improve business conditions and bilateral trade. Topics range from the automotive industry, machinery safety, Industry 4.0, medical devices, and electric vehicles, to cyber security and data protection.

 

News

In November 2019, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry has published several new draft Quality Control Orders (QCOs). QCOs are issued by Indian regulators to introduce technical regulations such as mandatory certification requirements based on Indian standards.

More than 30 representatives from industry associations and companies, standardisation bodies, and subordinate government organisations came together on 15 November to discuss next year’s topics and priorities for the Indo-German cooperation on quality infrastructure. The meeting at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in Berlin took place in preparation of the 7th Annual Meeting of the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure on 16 and 17 January 2020 in New Delhi.

Events

2020-01-16–2020-01-17 Delhi, India

7th Annual Meeting of the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure under the political leadership of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution (MoCAF&PD) on 16 and 17 January 2020 in Delhi.

Contact

Country Component India
Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI)

 

Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
B5/2, 4th Floor, Safdarjung Enclave,
New Delhi 110029, INDIA

 

Telefon: +91 11 49495353
E-Mail: india@gpqi.org

Documents

ORF Issue Brief No. 245 "Quality rules in India: Trade, technical regulations and consumer protection" by Philip Grinsted, Alok Kesari and Khushwant Singh, team members of the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) India.

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Voice-over presentation on the regulatory approach and the role of market surveillance in the European Union by Hans-Georg Niedermeyer, Director of the Central Authority of the German Federal States for Safety (ZLS).

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Factsheets

Safety First: How the adoption of international standards strengthens machinery safety in India and boosts trade

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Driven by Standards: Indo-German Cooperation Promotes Electric Mobility |

Angetrieben von Normen: Deutsch-indische Zusammenarbeit fördert Elektromobilität

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Studies - Indien

Automotive and Component Trade with India: Insights on standards, homologation and imports

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Making Safe Machines a Standard in India: Insights and Recommendations from Comparing Regulations in India and Germany

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