• Recently, the Research Design & Standards Organization (RDSO) of Indian Railways has become the first Institution to be declared a Standard Developing Organization (SDO) under One Nation One Standard mission of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
  • RDSO took the initiative to seek recognition as a Standard Developing Organization (SDO) under the BIS SDO Recognition Scheme.
  • Research Designs & Standards Organization
  • It is the sole R&D Wing of the Ministry of Railways, is one of India’s leading Standard formulating bodies undertaking standardization work for the railway sector situated in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Important points:

  • The idea of One Nation One Standard Mission was first conceived in 2019, it was envisioned on the line of one nation, one ration card scheme in order to ensure quality products in the country.
  • To attain the One Nation One Standard vision of the Government of India, BIS launched a scheme which provides for Recognition of SDO.
  • The recognition is valid for 3 years and will require renewal after completion of the validity period.


  • Aggregating and integrating the existing capabilities and dedicated domain specific expertise available with various organizations in the country engaged in standards development in their specific sectors.
  • The idea is to develop one template of standard for one given product instead of having multiple agencies set it.
  • Enable convergence of all standard development activities in the country resulting in One National Standard for One Subject.
  • This will help in establishing in the long run Brand India. This will also ensure market relevance for the Indian standards.


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