Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC)

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What is STQC?

Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) is an authority established in 1980, with the motive to provide quality assurance services through the network of laboratories and centers for IT and Electronics to provide customer centric and recognized quality assurance services based on the global standards to ensure universal acceptance.

In a nutshell, STQC enhances the competitiveness and processes of the Electronics and IT industry to provide products and services of international standards.  

STQC is engaged in providing Testing, Calibration, IT and E-governance, Training and Certification services, which possess national or global accreditation and recognition for testing and calibration. 

Moreover, STQC has recognized as the Core Assurance Service Provider in IT and Electronics sector in India and is represented in the all fundamental national forums such as Bureau of Indian Standards, National Accreditation Board For Test and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), Quality Council of India (QCI), including prime industry associations.

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How to Get STQC Certification?

1. Safety Certification Scheme (S Mark)

What is Safety Certification Scheme (S Mark)

It is a third part certification scheme established for Electronic sector with the motive to provide appropriate confidence level through system assessment, product testing, and surveillence.

Benefits of Safety Certification Scheme

  • Unchallenging to obtain international safety standards, such as VDE, UL, and more.
  • Improve the quality and safety level of the product.
  • Provide a recognition, which helps in increasing the ability to export.
  • Provides an edge over competitivers in domestic or global maket.
  • A solution for the issuance of the Indian Safety Mark (S-mark) without any requirement of product testing (if request is based on the review and acceptance of the IECEE-CB report and certificate).

Process of Safety Certification

Establish the documented quality system which must comply with the ISO 6001 standards and established products standards. 

Duly file the application along with application fee, details of products or brochure, quality system documentation, certification agreement, and factory questionnaire.

Submitted documents will be reviewed and a detailed report will be prepared to reflect the deficiencies. 

Thereafter, a factory inspection will be conducted and test samples will be sealed for testing in a designated laboratory.

If the test report and factory inspection is satisfactory, a certificate of approval or registration will be issued.


2. IECEE- CB Certification

What is IECEE-CB Certification?

It is a multilateral certification system which is based on the International Electro-Technical Commission (IEC) standards. Typically, IECEE-CB is a scheme under IEC which ensures conformity testing and certification of the electro-technical equipment and component.

Benefits of the IECEE-CB Certification

  • Ensures mutual acceptance of the product in Member countries, without requirement of further testing.
  • Provide competitive advantage in domestic or global markets.
  • Improve the safety level and product quality.
  • Provide national testing marks of member countries without requirement of additional or minimal testing.
  • Through reciprocal recognition, it improves the export ability.

Process of IECEE-CB Certification

To obtain the STQC certification, an individual is required to establish the documentary quality system to meet the requirements of ISO 9001, including the standards applicable on the product.

Duly file the application along with application fee, details of products or brochure, quality system documentation, certification agreement, and factory questionnaire.

Application will be reviewed and a detailed report will be prepared by the STQC certification services which will reflect the deficiencies (which needs to be rectified before assessment).

Thereafter, an on-site factory inspection will be conducted to check whether assessment criteria has been met or not. Moreover, during factory inspection, samples will be sealed for laboratory testing.

If the test report is satisfactory, STQC certification will be issued.

NOTE- In case of any non-conformance reported during factory inspection and product testing, the STQC certification will only be issued after taking the corrective measures to rectify them.


3. Smart Card Testing and Certification

What is a Smart Card Testing and Certification Scheme?

It is a comprehensive scheme the Ministry of Transport has developed in association with NIC (National Informatics Centers which is fundamentally used in Driving licenses, Electronic passports, and more.

Benefits of Smart Card Testing and Certification

  • Conform to the standards of ISO 7816 command established in soft and hard mask.
  • Intro-operability of smart cards with software applications.

Process of Smart Card Testing and Certification

Duly file the application inclusion of all particular. 

A test software to which product samples will be subject to testing to ensure it meets the requirements and functionality of SCOSTA, or SCOSTA- CL. The testing will be done by testing engineers to conduct an independent testing of the product.

After technical evaluation, a testing report will be reviewed and if required, deficiencies will be communicated to rectify the same.

At last, STQC certification will be granted, if all the standards have met.


4. Biometric Device Certification

What is Biometric Device Certification?

It's fundamental objective is to provide quality assessed authentication or enrolment Biometric devices, including QR Code scanner device for offline authentication as it provides safe, reliable, and secure devices as well as a device that has met the UIDAI standards.

Benefits of Biometric Device Certification

  • Access to the biometric devices which have met the UIDAI technical specifications.
  • Provide appropriate systems and resources to provide support to implementation and device usage.

Product Nomenclature Under Biometric Device Certification

Finger Print Scanner
QR Code Scanner
Single Chip Micro Controller With Intregated Secure Element
Auth IRIS Capability Approval Certificate
Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA)
and more

Process of Biometric Device Certification (Authentication)

A Technical Construction File (TCF) will be prepared to provide confidence to the Certification Body in regard to the Quality of the Device.

Duly file the application BDCS (A)-03-05 along with a replica of TCF, including paying the fee according to the schedule of charges.

Preliminarily, TCF will be evaluated by the Certification Body and Certification Agreement will only be signed if TCF is satisfactory.

Biometric devices, a test kit for image quality, and a replica of TCF will be submitted to the Biometric Device Test Lab (BDTL).

A Service Request Form (SRF) will be filed by the lab authorities along with the submission of the test charges.

BDTL will provide the Probable Date of Completion (PDC).

Certification Body or STQC will inform BDTL Head to proceed Testing according to the Standard Test Plan.

Lastly, TCF will be reviewed comprehensively, and if everything is satisfactory, including the testing, a Provisional Certificate will be issued.


Process of Biometric Device Certification With UIDAI (Enrollment Devices/ Pre-Certified Hardware/ QR Code Scanner Devices)

A TCF will be prepared, along with the solution architecture document (if required) according to the standard. 

The application will be submitted with TCF which at the minimum include the artifacts mentioned in the applicable UIDAI specifications and supporting documents.

The Certification Body will provide an application number as per scheme, which will be communicated to the BDTL or Test laboratory too.

Depending on the allotted application number, product sample and charges will be submitted.

Thereafter, the Test Laboratory will evaluate the device on the basis of submitted TCF, including other applied standards. Moreover, Vendors would have to provide required support as and when required by the Laboratory or BDTL. 

A Test laboratory will submit the replica of the Final Test Report (digital signed soft copy)  to Certification Body along with TCF review report.

To audit the device facilities, an auditor will be appointed by the Certification Body. Further, an audit report will be prepared by the Auditors and will be submitted to the laboratory to provide the same to the Device provider.

The laboratory will submit the final Test Report, including the closure action, which a Device Provider would require to take.

On the basis of the report submission to the Certification Body, a Certification checklist will be prepared and a Certification Committee meeting might be conducted based on the directions of the Head of Certification Body.

A certificate will be issued only if the test has been conducted based on the UIDAI specifications and if the verified documents comply with the UIDAI requirements.  

Our Role in STQC Certification

Our STQC consultant will provide you complete knowledge regarding how to get STQC certification.

We will assist you in completing the prerequisites of the STQC certification process such as complying with ISO 6001 standards or product standards.

We care about our customers which is why we guarantee to ensure compliance with the certification requirements of the STQC certification.

Our STQC certification consultants will take care of documentation and will ensure that required documents conforms to the requirements of the certification Body.

To make STQC certification unchallenging for our client, our STQC consultant will directly coordinate with laboratory and officials for proper follow-ups.

In case of non-conformance, we will provide you 100% assistance in taking the corrective measures. 

We are equipped with all the tools to conduct a pre-audit to ensure that everything is up to mark as per STQC established standards. 

We will provide you technical support 24*7 to solve your concerns as and when required.

Conclusion

Obtaining STQC certification is challenging because it includes a comprehensive process of inspection, product testing, meeting certification prerequisites, and more. Moreover, an individual must be aware of the standards of the ISO, IEC, and product requirements, as applicable on a product. 

At JR Compliance - we are committed to provide highly satisfactory services to our clients because we work tirelessly to meet the time constraints, while maintaining a positive, reliable, and adaptable approach to complete the certification process. 

Contact our STQC consultants immediately to obtain the STQC certificate.

Have Questions? We've got answers.

Which ministry helps STQC in forming guidelines or standards?

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) or Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) helps the STQCV to form guidelines, or framework, or standards for emerging sectors such as Block Chain, Network Connected Medical devices, Zero Trust Architecture, Big Data, Anonymization, and more.

Which networks are fundamentally engaged in testing and calibration services of the STQC?

ERTL and ETDC are essentially engaged in the testing and calibration services, including other specialized institutes such as Indian Institute of Quality Management (IIQM) (for quality related training programmes), Center for Reliability (CFR) (for reliability related services). 

What are the reasons for cancellation of STQC certification?
  • If a certificated supplied fails to participate in the field FRR testing.
  • If supplies do not meet the financial requirements established by the Certification Body at the prior request of the supplier.
  • If a supplier under suspension does not rectify the non-conformance within the mentioned period (six months).
  • If a supplier fails to comply with the signed Certification Agreement.
  • In case supplier terminet to supply the Biometric devices, services, or process.
  • Any serious breach of the applicable requirements of procedural rules of the Certification Body.
What is STQC in Aadhar?

STQC is an authority which is responsible for providing quality assurance services in the IT and Electronics sector by using the network of laboratories and centers.

What is an STQC certified biometric device?

An STQC certified biometric device is a device which complies with the testing and certification requirements established by the STQC. It includes authentic or enrollment biometric devices, including QR Code Scanner for offline authentication. 

What is the certification under ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) Certification?

International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) which includes national standards bodies for 91 nations, whose fundamental function is to frame global standards to enhance the exchange of goods and services globally. Out of all the standards of ISO, ISO 9001 is the quality management standard.


Validity- 3 years

Surveillance- 3 surveillance assessments will be conducted at the interval of 6th, 16th, and 26th months.

What is the certification under Product Certification Scheme?

1. Product Safety Certification Based on IEC Standards (S Mark)
In the Electronics Sector, Safety Certification (S Mark) scheme is the Third party certification scheme which is encouraged by STQC certification services, Standardization and Quality Certification Directorate, MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology), Government of India. The motive of this scheme is to provide an appropriate level of confidence through system assessment, product testing, and subsequent surveillance to ensure that a product complies with the IEC (International Electro-technical Commission) safety standards. 

Validity- 3 years from the date of certification

Surveillance- 2 surveillance will be conducted at the interval of a year from the date of certification.

2. IECEE - CB Certification
It is the Scheme of International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) for compliance with Testing and Certification of Electro-technical equipment and components. Moreover, it is based on the mutual test results among countries members.

Validity- 3 years

Surveillance- 2 surveillance will be conducted at the interval of a year from the date of certification in the duration of certificate. 

3. Agency Inspection Services
Product certification under STQC is a Full Certification System (FCS) under IECEE- CB Scheme provides experienced and reliable factor inspection services for product certifications. Moreover, besides providing factory inspection services to its clients, it also provides services to global test houses and certification bodies.

What are the certification under Management System Certification (IT and Governance)?

1. Information Security Management System (ISMS)
It is a third party certification scheme which is based on ISO or IEC 27001 standards and provides ISMS certification services since November 2001, in India or globally.

2. IT Service Management (ITSM)

It includes management of IT services such as Planning, Delivery, Support, Security, and ICT infrastructure required for provision for customer service quality. 

3. Website Quality Certification
This Scheme is based on the national and global standards with the fundamental motive to protect websites from the various security threats, increasing accessibility, committed services, and ensuring compliance with the established guidelines for Indian Government Websites (GIGW- 2018).

4. Common Criteria Certification
Common Criteria Recognition Arrangements (CCRA) (as a Certificate Authorizing Nation) has recognized the Indian Common Criteria Scheme (IC3S), which is operated by STQC Dte, MeitY. The motive of Indian Common Criteria Scheme (IC3S) is to certify and evaluate IT Security Products and Protection Profiles (PP).

5. Smart Card Testing and Certification
STQC has developed a comprehensive scheme for Smart testing and certification scheme for the Ministry of Transport accompanied with the National Informatics Center (NIC). NIC and STQC jointly test the smart cards used in India such as driving license or vehicle registration certificate, Electronic Passport (E-passport), Multipurpose National Identity Card (MNIC), and Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana.

6. Bio- Metric Devices Testing and Certification
The fundamental aim of Certification of Biometric Devices (BDCS) is to ensure availability of quality assessed authentication or enrolment Biometric Devices, including the QR Code Scanner device for offline authentication for user agencies. In brief, it is to ensure that a biometric device is safe, reliable, and secure, as well as has met the requirements of the UIDAI.

7. Software and System Certification
An STQC has developed a comprehensive scheme for the Software and System Certification. Under this scheme, software is defined as each or some part of the programmes, procedures, rules, and any associated documentation of an information processing system as a blend of interacting elements which are organized for one or more stated purposes.

On the contrary, the IT system is human-made, created and utilized to provide products and services in a certain environment for users’ and stakeholders’ benefit.

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