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The Institute of Standards & Industrial Research of Iran, is the sole organization in the country that can lawfully develop and designate official standards for products. It is also the responsible body for conducting them through the endorsement of the Council of Compulsory Standards.

( Determining and formulating national standards, conducting applied research to uplift standards level, Upgrading the quality of domestic products , assisting better production process as well as efficient industry and productivity, all of which aimed for economical independence. To expand national standards, monitor the implementation of compulsory standards, and the quality controlling of exports to suspend low-quality products. All of which with the intention of creating competition with international markets. To monitor the quality of imports with special focus on bearing compulsory standards , to protect and support domestic suppliers. Enlightening the producers, consumers and distributors . To do relevant research specially in regards to production methods, conservation, packaging and transportation . To spread Metric Systems, and calibration of measures and gauges. To test and comply samples with the related standards, characterize, and issue the requisite certificates.)

Being a member of the international standards organization, ISIRI follows the latest international scientific protocols as well as taking the country's special needs into accounts.

Implementation of the approved national standards will be of beneficiary value for people and the economy, leading to substantial increase in exports and the domestic sales. It can also save up expenses and time, reducing the prices, and bringing safer products into people's life.

History Of the Institute

Apart from the non-written history of standardization in Iran, the prime idea of establishing The Institute Of Standards & Industrial Research Of Iran (ISIRI) emerged upon the approval of The Law Of Weights and Measures in 1925.

Later, in 1953, as the needs for characterization and quality controlling of imported/exported goods were felt, an official establishment seemed inevitable. This eventually created the primary core of the further called Institute of Standards and Industrial Research of Iran operating under the supervision of The ministry of Trade.

Following the legislation to establish the Iranian Institute of Standards in 1960, the institute became operational within the framework of the specified functions and responsibilities. ISIRI joined the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) the same year in 1960, and is now a Participating (P) member of 101 ISO Technical Committees (TC) and Sub-Committees (SC) and also an Observer (O) member of 111 TCs and SCs. At present, the secretariats of 3 ISO TCS are located in Iran as follows:

  • ISO/TC 91 Surface Active Agents

  • ISO/TC 134 Fertilizers and Soil Conditioners

  • ISO/TC 217 Cosmetics

Besides membership of ISO, ISIRI is also:

  • Member of International Electro technical Commission (IEC)

  • Member of International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML)

  • Pact Meter about the International Office of Weights & Scales (BIPM)

  • Member of World Association of Industrial & Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO)

What is standard ?

Standard literally means law, regulation, and codes of conduct. But its actual definition in terms of ISIRI-responsibilities, is as follows:

T o set the specific criteria for producing products, conducting the service based on mutual agreements of the involved parties, and making profits within acceptable frameworks.

ISIRI Legal Authority
  • To set and develop the national (official) standards excluding those for the pharmaceuticals .

  • To characterize the products specifications and comparing with the approved standards (ex. pharmaceuticals)

  • To conduct the international criteria and the calibration of measuring gauges or systems.

  • To validate the inspecting companies certificates, surveillance of products in the origins and destinations.

    Main activities
  • Conducting functional studies and research for setting, revising and implementing national standards.

  • Developing and designating the national standards.

  • Circulating the national standards through cultural activities and communicational enhancers.

  • Issuing, extension, suspension and nullification of ISIRI application license. (To audit system qualities, accrediting quality control representatives, random sampling and periodic testing of samples).

  • To monitor the implementation of compulsory standards (testing products to standards, dealing officially with complaints and other legal & judicial pursuits)

  • Issue conformity certificates for the exports & imports.

  • Accrediting& validation:

- Surveillance Companies & Institutes
- Laboratories for products adaptation and characterization.
- The Standards Experts
- Quality Systems Consultants
- Quality Systems Certifiers,

  • To monitor the standard implementation as well as marking precious metal s.

  • Periodic and random testing of measures, gauges, and other modes of scaling.

  • To conduct studies and proposals for implementing national standards, either in an obligatory mode or voluntarily.

  • To characterize the imported/domestic products with specific focus on public health and safety concerns and publicly announce the results.

  • To dispose objections relevant to all activities above.

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