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Directorate of Standardisation (DoS) – Ministry of Defence

The Directorate of Standardisation was established on 26 Jun 1962 under DRDO with the objective of controlling items proliferation within the Defence Services. DoS is responsible for conducting standardisation activities in all fields in Ministry of Defence under the control of Department of Defence Production within the broad policies formulated by Standardisation Committee. The Directorate’s nine Defence Standardisation Cells and three Defence Standardisation Detachments maintain a close liaison with all the concerned stakeholders to progress the codification and standardisation activities.

The major functions of the Directorate of Standardisation are broadly given below:-

  • To provide Secretarial support to Standardisation Committee and Standardisation Sub Committees (SSCs). the Defence Equipment Codification Committee (DECC), the Committee of Chairmen Standardisation Sub Committees (CCSSC),
  • To create SSCs/Technical Panels/Working Groups/Specialist Working Groups for preparation of Standardisation documents.
  • To codify complete Defence inventory using Defence Codification System (DCS)
  • To co-ordinate and conduct standardisation programme at the national level by nominating officers from Defence Organisations/Services in technical committees of BIS with a view to adopt Indian Standards wherever possible. 

Standardization activities of DoS:

  1. DoS prepares five types of Standardisation documents in respect of components, assemblies, Sub-assemblies, equipment and other Defence Stores:
    • Joint Services Specification (JSS)
    • Joint Services Preferred Range (JSPR) 
    • Joint Services Rationalised List (JSRL) 
    • Joint Service Guide (JSG)
    • Approved Notification (AN) for adoption of Indian Standards

      So far DoS has published 1845 JSS ; 71 JSPR, 368 JSRL, 312 JSG & 2439 AN.

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  2. Membership of Allied Committee(AC/135) - Directorate of Standardisation has signed a landmark agreement with Allied Committee (AC/135) on 10 Jun 08 for India to become a member of AC/135, the Apex Body of NATO Codification System (NCS). This agreement has placed Indian Codification System at International level and now this Directorate has attained the status of being National Codification Bureau (NCB)

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