Products Standardization Pushed Towards AEC 2015

Jumat, 28 Februari 2014 | 13:59

The implementation of Asean Economic Community (AEC) 2015 which will be encountered soon has made Indonesia becomes more aggressive to spur the standardization in order to pursue the competition with other countries.

            Although there are many parties consider that Indonesia is still left behind in the product standardization, the attempt to improve any shortage may not be too late in particular with the leading products such as electronic goods.

            One of the strategies to make by National Standardization Board (BSN) is by accelerating the formulation process of Indonesian national standard (SNI), whenever the goods cover public interest and have urgency.

            “We are preparing a fast standard formulation infrastructure. The standard formulation should be changed into several schemes of the fast and conventional methods. The fast one is aimed for urgent need in which the process will not require more than one year,” said Head of BSN Bambang Prasetya to Bisnis Indonesia, Wednesday (2/26).

            The standard acceleration is performed by narrowing the survey process into only in the form of feedback without voting as well as speeding up the response over standard need into only one month with the condition that there is delivery letter from high official of technical ministry which confirms that the relevant goods need to have standardization.

            “There is a limitation since we rely on technical officials in the ministry. Yet, there should be an acceleration made.”

            Up to Q I/2013, BSN has issued total 9,320 SNI, of which 4,108 among the total amount is SNI for industry sector. From the number, machinery dominates with 843 SNI, followed by metal and steel at 420 SNI, textile and textile products of 402 SNI, as well as food and beverage for 395 SNI.

Is Not Left Behind

            Meanwhile, among 12 priority sectors of which the standards should be harmonized in Asean, Indonesia has only met at least four sectors which include electrical and electronic equipments, medical products including pharmacy, cosmetics and medical tools, rubber-based products, and wood-based products.

            However, BSN refused the assumption that Indonesia’s standardization is left behind from any other Asean country, especially for electronic and electrical equipments (EEE).

            “In truth, our standard is above other Asean countries. As many as 25 of our EEE have been standardized and will increase more,” said BSN Head of Bilateral and Regional Cooperation Division M. Nukman Wijaya.

            The number of EEE products with should be standardized in Asean is 349. Indonesia itself has six laboratories and three product survey institutions. “The laboratories may cover the 349 products, especially for the products with high level trade ability while we also have the factories.”

Further he said towards the Asean sole market, BSN will not only take attempts on protecting domestic market from non-standardized products but also boosting the penetration standardized product to abroad.

            “We have the ability, supported with high number of manufacturers and relatively affordable workers. Thereby in the future we will penetrate the products to abroad, especially for tradeable products. Our own SNI should be automatically taken into Asean forum. For this, we could make export according to the recognized SNI, not bade on the standard in the destination country,” he said.

by Wike D. Herlinda, Renat Sofie Andriani