JAKARTA – The national standardization body (BSN) is always encouraging steel manufacturers to implement the Indonesian national standards (SNI) to ensure the safety of their consumers, support the government’s expanding infrastructure construction projects and supply the sources for earthquake proof buildings.

BSN has created SNI in an effort to protect consumers, said the body’s accreditation deputy Kukuh S. Achmad at a discussion on Friday, May 3, 2019 at his office. Also present at the event was Basso D Makahanap from standards and certifications division at the Indonesian Iron & Steel Industry Association (IISIA).

At the event, Kukuh said steel was one of many products which must possess SNI. BSN has issued 57 SNIs for steel, with 13 of them are compulsory, such as the SNI 7614:2010 for steel bar for general needs (BjKU).

The issue of steel-related SNI is based on scientific development and consumer protection considerations. “The issue of SNI is a consensus-based one, after discussions with stakeholders,” said Kukuh, for example, government agencies, experts, manufacturers and consumers.

“We hope that the issuance of SNI concerning steel could spur competitiveness among manufacturers and improve consumer protection,” said Kukuh.

SNI is subject to a review after five years of implementation in order to cope with scientific developments. Kukuh said that currently it was difficult to monitor the use of two steel-related SNIs: SNI 7614:2010 and SNI 2052:2017.

BSN plans to abolish the SNI 7614:2010, pending the revocation of the industry minister regulation No 35/2014. The difficulties to monitor the use of this SNI is one of the factors behind this policy.