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

On 6 August 2019, the Indian Government passed the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 which will replace the Act from 1986. The Act strengthens consumer rights through new provisions on product liability, unfair contracts, and e-commerce.

To ensure a coordinated and harmonised formulation of standards, Standards Developing Organisations (SDOs) shall play a stronger role in India’s standardisation system in the future. Both the Indian National Strategy for Standardization (INSS) of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Standards National Action Plan (SNAP) regard this as an important step in the advancement of the Indian quality infrastructure system.

Events

2019-11-15 , 10:30–15:00 Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) Scharnhorststr. 34-37, 10115 Berlin

Das Vorbereitungstreffen zum 7. Jahrestreffen der Deutsch-Indischen Arbeitsgruppe Qualitätsinfrastruktur dient der Abstimmung der deutschen Stakeholder für den Dialog mit den indischen Partnern. Das Jahrestreffen wird am 16. und 17. Januar 2020 in Delhi stattfinden.

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

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

Angetrieben von Normen: Deutsch-indische Zusammenarbeit fördert Elektromobilität

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Quality Infrastructure (QI) describes the system that ensures that user quality expectations and regulatory requirements are met. Well-functioning and internationally coherent national quality infrastructures are important in a world of global value chains. They reduce time, costs, and business uncertainty for firms.

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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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