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The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Ordinance, 1985

( Ordinance NO. XXXVII OF 1985 )

The functions of the Institution
5. The functions of the Institution shall be-
(a) to set up Bangladesh Standards of quality and dimensions and prepare and promote the general adoption of standards on national and international basis relating to materials, commodities, structures, practices and operations and, from time to time, withdraw, revise, alter and amend the same;
(b) to consider and recommend to the Government Bangladesh Standards for the measurement of length, weight, mass, volume and energy;
(c) to promote standardisation, quality control, metrology and simplification in industry and commerce;
(d) to secure compliance with the Bangladesh Standards adopted by the Institution by the producers and users;
(e) to implement Bangladesh Standards through the administration of a national certification mark scheme or inspection of goods or both;
(f) to provide or arrange facilities for examination, testing and inspection of commodities, processes and practices for any investigation, research, or promotion of export that may be necessary and to issue test reports;
(g) to certify the quality of commodities, materials, produces, products and other things including food materials, whether for local consumption, export or import;
(h) to co-ordinate the efforts of producers and users for the improvement of materials, products, code of practice, appliances, processes and methods, so as to eliminate the national waste of material and time involved in the production of an unnecessary variety of patterns and sizes of articles for one and the same purpose;
(i) to establish and publish, in such manner as may be prescribed, the Bangladesh Standard Specifications in relation to any article or process or code of practice;
(j) to recognise, adopt or endorse as a Bangladesh Standard, in such manner as may be prescribed, any standard established by any other Institution in Bangladesh or in any foreign country, or by international organisations in relation to any article or process;
(k) to specify a Standard Mark to be called the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Certification Mark which shall be of such design and contain such particulars as may be prescribed to represent a particular Bangladesh Standard;
(l) to grant, renew, reject, suspend or cancel, in such manner as may be prescribed, a licence for the use of Standard Mark;
(m) to make such inspection and take such samples of any material or substance as may be necessary to see whether any article or process in relation to which the Standard Mark has been used or proposed to be used conforms to the Bangladesh Standard or whether the Standard Mark has been improperly used in relation to any article or process with or without licence;
(n) to utilise, with the permission of the owners, the services of laboratories other than those maintained by the Institution and approve such laboratories for the purpose of the Institution;
(o) to make arrangements, or provide for the facilities, for the testing and calibration of precision instruments, gauges, and scientific apparatus and for the issue of certificates in regard thereto so as to make them comply with the required standards;
(p) to undertake execution of any trust or any agency business which it may consider conducive to the attainment of its objectives;
(q) to co-operate with any person, association or organisation outside Bangladesh having objectives similar to those for which the Institution is established; 1[ [* * *]
(qq) to grade and mark agricultural produce in a manner provided in the Agricultural Produce Grading and Marking Act, 1937 (Act No. I of 1937) and the rules framed thereunder for the purposes of export; and]
(r) to do all such acts and things ancillary or incidental to any of the aforesaid functions.

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    The word “and” was omitted and thereafter the clause (qq) was inserted by section 3 of the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institutes (Amendment) Act, 2003 (Act No. XXVII of 2003
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