Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), the only National Standards body of Bangladesh, is playing an important role in developing and promoting industrial Standardization. Keeping in view that Standardization, metrology, testing and quality control in the industrial spheres are the basic pre-requisite of the infrastructure necessary for sound economic development of the country, the Government of Bangladesh has established the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) with the merger of Bangladesh Standards Institution and the Central Testing Laboratories in 1985 through promulgating, “The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Ordinance, 1985 (Ordinance XXXVII of 1985). BSTI is entrusted with the responsibility of formulation of national Standards of industrial, food and chemical products keeping in view the regional and international standards. BSTI is responsible for the quality control of the products which are ensured as per specific national standards made by the technical (committees formed by BSTI. BSTI is also responsible for the implementation of a metric system and to oversee the accuracy of weights and measures in the country,
Common objectives are:
(a) To set up Bangladesh Standards of quality and dimensions and prepare and promote the general adoption of standards on a national and international basis relating to materials, commodities, structures, practices, and operations and, from time to time, to 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 standardization, quality control, metrology and simplification in industry and commerce.
(d) To secure compliance with the Bangladesh Standards adopted by the Institution ‘on 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 coordinate 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.