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Quality Council of India (QCI)

Quality Council of India (QCI) was set up as a non-profit autonomous society registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 to establish an accreditation structure in the country. QCI is governed by a Council comprising of 38 members and has an equal representation of Government, Industry and other Stakeholders. The Council is the apex level body responsible for formulating the strategy, general policy, constitution and monitoring of various components of QCI including the accreditation boards with objective to ensure transparent and credible accreditation system.

Main functions of QCI are

i) To develop, establish & operate National Accreditation programmes for various service sectors such as education, healthcare, environment protection, governance, social sectors, infrastructure sector, vocational training etc., in accordance with the relevant international standards & guides for the conformity assessment bodies certifying products, personnel, management systems, carrying out inspection and for the laboratories undertaking testing & calibration and such other areas of organized activities that have significant bearing in improving the quality of life and well being of the citizens of India.

ii) To develop accreditation standards to support accreditation programs where such standards are not available at the national/international level.

QCI has four Accreditation Boards involved in accreditation programmes. Each board is functionally independent and works within their core area of expertise.

  1. National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB)
  2. National Accreditation Board for testing & calibration Laboratories (NABL)
  3. National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and healthcare providers (NABH)
  4. National Accreditation Board for Education & Training (NABET)


National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies(NABCB) provides accreditation to the Certification Bodies (CB) and Inspection Bodies (IB) established as legal entities anywhere in the world in accordance with relevant International Standards/Guidelines. All countries under WTO mutually accept products/services certified / inspected from accreditated agencies only. NABCB is a member of International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) as well as signatory to its Multilateral Arrangements (MLA)s for QMS, EMS, FSMS & Product certification. NABCB is also a Full member of International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) & Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) as well as signatory to its Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA)s for inspection.


NABCB currently offers the following accreditation programmes:

  • Quality Management Systems (QMS)
  • QMS for Medical Devices
  • QMS for Aerospace Industry
  • Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
  • Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSMS)
  • Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS)
  • Energy Management Systems (EnMS)
  • Information Security Management Systems (ISMS)
  • Road Traffic Safety Management Systems (RTSMS)
  • Information Technology Service Management Systems (ITSMS)
  • Inspection Bodies
  • Product Certification Bodies
  • Personnel Certification

Criteria, procedure, fees structure and other details for accreditation of CBs/IBs engaged in the above mentioned certification/inspection have been established by NABCB and are available in its website under the heading Accreditation Scheme.

Click here to see the list of accreditated CBs/IBs separately for different activities.

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National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is an autonomous body set up under the aegis of Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and is functioning as the accreditation body for Testing and Calibration Laboratories.

NABL provides laboratory accreditation services in India and abroad, regardless of their ownership, legal status & size that are performing tests / calibrations in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 / ISO 15189:2007 / ISO/IEC 17043 in the following areas:

  1. Testing laboratories
  2. Calibration laboratories
  3. Medical laboratories
  4. Proficiency testing provider
  5. Reference material producers

Scope of the accreditation, eligibility criteria and the process of accreditation is available under the Accreditation Scheme uploaded by NABL in its website.

NABL accreditation system complies with ISO/IEC 17011:2004 and Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) MR001. Based on evaluation of NABL operations by APLAC in 2000, NABL has been granted signatory member status by APLAC and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) under their Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs). Under these MRAs, the reports issued by NABL accredited laboratories are considered to be equivalent to reports issued by laboratories accredited by (currently) 91 accreditation bodies.

The users may see the list of accredited laboratories with respect to their latest status and scope of accreditation through web-based directory of NABL accredited laboratories.

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National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) is a constituent board of Quality Council of India, set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for healthcare organisations on patient safety and quality of healthcare based uponnational/international standards.

NABH is an institutional member of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQUA). ISQUA is an international body which grants approval to Accreditation Bodies in the area of healthcare as mark of equivalence of accreditation program of member countries.

NABH is engaged in the Accreditation of Health care facilities that so far cover the following facilities:

  • Hospitals
  • Small Health Care Organisation(SHCO) - having bed strength upto 50 beds
  • Blood banks/ blood centres and blood transfusion services
  • Medical Imaging Services (MIS) - It includes conventional radiation based diagnostic radiology as well as a wide variety of specialised techniques including Ultrasound scans, Doppler studies, Bone densitometry, CT, MRI, PETCT, SPECT, Radionuclide imaging and therapy etc.
  • Dental Health Care Service providers (DHSP)
  • Oral Substitution Therapy (OST) Centres - developed for National AIDS Control organisation (NACO) to improve health status of Injectile Drug Users (IDUs) and prevent spread of HIV AIDS.
  • Allopathic Health clinics
  • AYUSH (Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Unani, Siddha and Yoga & Naturopathy)
  • Primary & Community Health Centres (PHC/CHC)
  • Wellness Centres

The users can view the updated list of accreditated Hospitals, SHCOs, Blood bank, MIS, DHSP, OST, Allopathic Health clinics, AYUSH, PHC/CHC, Wellness Centre by NABH.

Certification activities:

NABH has developed 17 Standards on the subjects related to hospital & health care based on which NABH is operating its accreditation programmes as well as various certification scheme as given below.

Medical Laboratory Certification Program (started in 2007)

Safe-I Certification Program (started in 2011)

Pre Accreditation Entry Level Certification Program for Hospital (started in 2014)

Pre Accreditation Entry Level Certification Program for SHCO (started in 2014)

Nursing Excellence Certification Program (started in 2014)

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National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET)is a constituent Board ofQuality Council of India.NABET provides accreditation to schools, training course providers and auditors that meet the Board’s criteria and also offers a mechanism for their international recognition. The Board comprises of Seventeen members including the Chairman. The Seventeen members represent different groups of stakeholders. The accreditation programmes of NABET mainly categorized under certain distinct verticals in the following areas:

  • Formal Education Excellence Division (FEED)
    • Accreditation of Schools
    • Accreditation of 3 Day Training Course for Preparing School for Accreditation
  • Skill Training
    • Industrial Training Institute (ITI) /Vocational training organizations
    • It is mandatory for seeking National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) affiliation under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) since 2012. Directorate General of Employment and Training (DGE&T) Field Institutes imparting training in various activities
  • Skill Certification
    • Personnel Certification Bodies under ISO 17024
    • Skill Assessing Bodies under DGE&T MES Scheme
  • Environment
    • Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Consultant
      • It has been adapted as minimum requirement by Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change.Click here to view the list of accredited EIA consulting organizations with the accredited sectors.
    • Environment, Health & Safety (EHS, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001) consultant organisation
  • MSME(Micro Small and Medium Enterprises)
  • Laboratory Management System (LMS) Training Institutions.
    • Click here to view the list of accredited LMS training Institutions with the accredited sectors.

International linkages:

NABET has established MRAs with the following international agencies:

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