Government of Andhra Pradesh entered into MoU on ZERO DEFECT ZERO EFFECT (ZED) with Quality Council of India

In the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, Quality Council of India (QCI) and Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of Andhra Pradesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining the scope of collaboration between Government of Andhra Pradesh and QCI for implementation of the ZED Maturity Assessment Model. This would be the first such MoU which QCI has signed with a State Government on ZED.


The endeavour would be to leverage QCI's nationwide established Accreditation System for Accrediting Consultants, Assessors, Rating Agencies etc. and Andhra Pradesh’s direct touch point stakeholders and network like DICs etc. for the creation of a Zero Defect, Zero Effect industrial culture in India and adaptation of the ZED Model in its ecosystem consisting of MSMEs. 


Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) Maturity Assessment Model is an integrated and holistic Certification System, which can account for quality, productivity, energy efficiency, pollution mitigation, financial status, human resource and technological depth including design and IPR both in product and process of manufacturing. ZED will assess, rate and handhold Indian Industry based on Quality & Environment parameters to enhance their global competitiveness, thereby increasing the contribution of the manufacturing sector to GDP, enhancing employment and assisting the Make-in-India programme. 


Under this MoU, the scope of activities will focus on promoting and enhancing capacities for implementing ZED model across all levels of industries through involvement of various State Government bodies, national/regional/sectoral industry bodies and large industry organisations/OEMs. The scope would also look at developing an ecosystem through sensitizing MSMEs to drive the ZED model for continuous improvement.


To maintain a focus on fulfillment of the MoU’s objectives a Steering Committee would be comprised. Department of Industries & Commerce, Government of Andhra Pradesh will be represented by Secretary to Government & CIP, Industries & Commerce or his nominee as the alliance champion and Secretary General, QCI or his nominee will represent QCI. The Steering Committee (SC) would meet periodically to review the progress and ensure proper focus and resource utilization. 


A Zero Defect Zero Defect culture in India has been our Prime Minister’s vision and to realize this, the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises notified the “Financial Support to MSMEs in the ZED (Zero Defect Zero Effect) Certification Scheme” for the benefit of MSMEs. QCI is the National Monitoring & Implementing Unit (NMIU) for the ZED Certification Scheme and it plans to create synergies with all State Governments to implement ZED through such MOUs.

  • date

    Tue 27 June 2017