Standardization (Scientific) Division

Standardization (Scientific) Division is entrusted with Formulation of National Standards and development of the Standards as required for the National economy mainly in the industrial, trade and service sectors.

"Standardization (Scientific) Division" of Sri Lanka Standards Institution is dedicated to,

  • Perform its activities to the best of it’s ability to achieve the corporate goals of the Institution in formulation of National Standards in line with the International Standards.
  • Achieve socio-economic development and enhance International competitiveness of products and services and safeguard the interest of consumers whilst developing the competence of staff of the Standardization Division paving the way to improve the functions of the Division on continual basis.

The division was awarded with ISO 9001: 2008 QMS certification by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in 2009.

Scope

The division is responsible for the formulation of National Standards on,

  • Agriculture
  • Food
  • Chemical
  • Paper and Board
  • Packaging
  • Societal needs
  • Textile  
  • Garment
  • Leather

Note:- For Engineering based Standardization Activities please refer the ‘’ Standardization (Engineering) Division.

The Division constitutes of four sections to facilitate development of Standards in multidisciplinary manner addressing the above categories. The sections of the division are as follows.

Activities

Main activity of the Standardization (Scientific) Division is the formulation of National Standards required for the development of the National economy.

Standardization (Scientific) Division is responsible for entire progression of National Standard formulation. The tasks relate with National Standard Formulation in broad-sense is as follows;

  • Formulation of New National Standards
  • Adoption of ISO Standards
  • Review of existing Standards - based on the results of review,
    • Reaffirm
    • Revision
    • Amend (Erratum, corrigendum) when there are minor changes
  • Withdraw Standards when a need arise

In order to increase productivity and maximize the utilization of resources, the Standardization Division which is working abreast with other divisions of the institution, launches following strategies to achieve it’s goals,

  • Promote the use and application of National Standards in all spheres of economic and social activities, related to agriculture, food, chemicals, cosmetics, paper and board Packaging, textiles, leather, garments & also some needs of the society.
  • Participate in International and Regional Standardization Activities to safeguard National interests.
  • Constantly develop and upgrade the institution and its resources.

Please refer "Work Programme" - for more details please contact Sectional Heads (Senior Deputy Directors) and Assistant Directors of respective sections.

Formulation of new National Standards - Stages and Activities

Sectoral Committees (SC)

Sri Lanka Standards are developed through Committees and as cooperative effort by negotiations and consensus of all interested parties concerned. This is achieved through consultation of various expert groups representing manufacturers, consumers / users, Academia, NGO s, Research organizations, Public Institutions and  Independent Technical Organizations .

The division is assisted by technical committees to advise and guide the Standards formulation activities. These committees are managed by professionally qualified staff of the division who provides secretarial and technical assistance on matters pertaining to principles and procedures of Standardization. The division plays the role of a coordinating body whereby knowledge and experience available in the country to direct to the preparation of Standards.

The Council of SLSI appoints Sectoral Committees covering broad subject areas to advise the SLSI on Standards formulation and implementation activities. The six Sectoral committees presently in operation are given below;

  • Sectoral Committee on Agriculture
  • Sectoral Committee on Food products
  • Sectoral Committee on Chemical & Polymer Technology
  • Sectoral Committee on Paper Board and Packaging
  • Sectoral Committee on Societal Needs
  • Sectoral Committee on Textile, Garments and Leather

Sectoral Committees are formed from experts in the respective areas drawn from manufacturers, consumers, independent research and testing organizations and individual experts. Thus a Sectoral Committee constitutes of both members nominated from respective organizations as well as members appointed on a personal capacity. Chairpersons of the Sectoral Committees are appointed by the Council of SLSI. Meetings of a committee are normally open only to members of the committee. Requests for attendance by visitors for special purposes should be directed in the first instance to SLSI which will issue and invitation in consultation with the Chairperson of the Sectoral Committee.

Working Groups (WG)

SLSI is in consultation with Sectoral Committees may appoint Working Groups to deal with Specific Standardization projects. Such Working Groups report to the relevant Sectoral Committee. Each Standardization Project is managed by an Assistant Director of Scientific Standardization Division of the SLSI. These committees meet about once in two months or more often as necessary.

There are several alternative procedures which are adopted based on the nature and complex city of the subject, availability of data, reference documents, other relevant Standards and information. The alternative procedures which are followed by the division are indicated in the documents of the QMS.