Establishment and History
The Standard Research Institute (SRI) affiliated to the Iranian National Standardization Organization (INSO) was established based on the note of article two of the law on amending laws and regulations of INSO approved by the session dated 22 May 1999 by the Higher Education Development Council, Ministry of Culture and Higher Education.
Pursuant to part two of article three of the law on amending the laws and regulations of the INSO, approved in 1999, performing research to develop standards, enhance the quality of domestically produced goods, and help to improve production methods and industrial efficiency of factories are some important tasks of INSO.
In the note of article two of the same law it is stated that research formation of INSO is considered as equivalent to a research body and will follow the relevant regulations and will exploit its facilities as well.
According to the statute of the SRI, " In 1999, " In order to fulfil part of research tasks of INSO and to meet the research needs of Iran this research institute with four research centers as quality assessment and management systems, chemistry and petro-chemistry, Food Technology and Agricultural Products, and Technology and Engineering was established and all research responsibilities of INSO were entrusted to it.
In 2006, following the changes in the organizational structure of INSO, the SRI continued its cooperation with INSO as one of deputies of it. In the beginning of 2012 along with organizational alterations in INSO, SRI gained a legal entity, administrative and financial independence.
In 2017, the law on the “law on strengthening and developing of standard system” approved and on 23 December 2017 formally noticed by the president of INSO.
According to article 3 and 6, as well as article 5 and note 5 of article 7 of aforementioned law, SRI reviewed and reorganized its activities.
In 2019, SRI’s board of trustees reviewed topics and missions of its four research centers as follow:
Food technology and agricultural products
Quality assessment and management systems
Chemistry and petro-chemistry
Technology and engineering
The SRI has fifteen research groups and over 130 special laboratories within them to show their potentials and capabilities.
In 2018 and then in 2019, SRI with objective of systematizing, increasing dynamism, developing executive abilities, and improving effectiveness of its activities in mind, approved the first “strategic document” and “operational plan” for implementing in a five-year period. This action plan was accepted by board of trustees to implement during 2019 to 2025.
Perfect execution of this strategic document in a five- year period will strengthen research foundations of INSO. In addition, it will bring national, regional, and international credit and reputation for SRI.
For the first time in 2020, the note of article five of the law of “strengthening and development of standard system” approved by the session dated 3 October 2017 in Islamic Consultative Assembly and comprehensive bylaw of “universities and institutions of higher education, research and technology” approved by 684th session dated 1 March 2011 in Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution were implemented.
After that, SRI revised its “articles of association” which based on it, SRI must be administered in accordance with its relevant laws, provisions, and approvals.
In 2018 up to 2020, SRI’s board of trustees permits the establishment of demand-driven research groups in several provinces of Iran including: West Azerbaijan, Kermanshah, Gorgan, Quazvin,Yazd,Kerman, Sistan and Baluchestan, Isfahan, and Tehran.
The tasks of the Standard research institute are:
1. Leading and implementing applied and development research required by the standardization system to increase quality and increase efficiency and improve production and service methods
2. Establishing the required research laboratories (independently or with the participation of universities and scientific-research centers and science-technology parks) to perform the assigned research tasks and managing the reference laboratories of the National Standards Organization, to provide the necessary laboratory services to perform And implementation of various tests, their validation, and compliance of product samples with relevant standards
3. Role-playing in the development of research-based standards and national, regional and international standards, conducting comparative studies in areas related to standardization, developing technical regulations and specialized standards required by the National Standards Organization
4. Cooperation with the National Organization for Standardization in the evaluation and certification of conformity assessment bodies such as: inspection companies, certification bodies and laboratories for testing, assessment and medical diagnosis
5. Cooperation with the National Standards Organization, under the Secretariat of the relevant Committees of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC), the Food Codex Commission (CODEX) and the International Organization for Legal Metrology (OIML)
6. Providing consulting, management, supervision, scientific and technical services on management systems, compiling and submitting confirmation reports and certificates required by industries and quality assurance of systems
7. Utilizing the scientific potential of universities, research centers, industries and other service providers, in order to solve key and priority problems of the country and improve quality, within the framework of the strategic plan and operational plan approved by the standard research institute.
8. Efforts to create the ground for efficient use of the capacities of universities, scientific and research centers and science and technology parks, knowledge-based companies, faculty members and experts and specialists
9. Attracting and training of specialized personnel and employing experts and researchers in order to carry out standardization and quality development activities in the country
10. Preparation of technical and specialized content, planning and implementation of applied training courses (short-term specialized courses, seminars and specialized workshops using the capacity of scientific and educational centers inside and outside the country
11. Publication of magazines, books, educational booklets, software production, and computer programs in line with the goals of the National Organization for Standardization in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations.
12. Holding national and international conferences required by the standardization system and quality development in the country
13. Performing other duties assigned by the National Standards Organization in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations.
As the most important research centre in standardisation, we:
Develop standards and standardization to enhance quality of life and meet the need of society in the areas of health, welfare, safety, food security and environment.
Efficiently deliver customized research and technological consultation to industries and government, and support inclusive growth through innovations.
Develop national standards based on scientific and technical research and study in the domain of standardization, and collaborate with international standards organizations in preparing international standards.
Provide training courses, seminars and conferences for QC managements working in industries and other concerned bodies relevant to standardization, quality, testing, and measuring and calibration activities.