DPIIT Notifies Quality Control Orders For ‘Drums And Tins’

  • By Department for Promotions of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
  • In consultation with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
  • Led to the initiation of the development of more than 60 new QCOs covering 318 product standards.
  • Includes 7 standards of Drums and Tins.
  • Drum is a cylindrical container used for packing powder or semi-solid or liquid.
  • Generally used for the transportation and storage of liquids, semi-solids powder.
  • A tin is a container of tin-coated sheet metal used especially for packing food items in powder or semi-solid or liquid form 
  • Both are used for storing and transporting several different types of toxic, flammable and hazardous substances.
  • Used across industries including waste management, healthcare and food services, etc.
  • Drums and tins need to be of good quality to protect against any type of leakages, adulteration and fire damage, etc.
  • The Standard issued for any product is for voluntary compliance unless it is notified by the central. 
  • The Standards are made mandatory through notification of Quality Control Order (QCO) under Scheme-I and Compulsory Registration Order (CRO) under Scheme-II of BIS Conformity Assessment Regulations, 2018.


  • To enhance the quality of the domestically manufactured product
  • Curb the imports of sub-standard products into India.
  • Prevention of unfair trade practices for the protection of human, animal or plant health.
  • Safety of the environment.


  • Relaxation of an additional three months has been given to Small industries and additional six months have been given to micro industries for implementation of QCO.
  • Exemption has been provided to drums and tins filled with material in powder or semi-solid or liquid form, when imported into India. 
  • Manufacturing, storing and sale of non-BIS certified products will be prohibited as per the BIS Act, 2016.
  • Violation can attract a penalty of imprisonment up to two years or with fine of a least RS 2 lakh for the first offence.
  • Subsequent offences – the fine will increase to Rs 5 lakh minimum and extend up to ten times the value of goods or articles.
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