- The Quality Council of India (QCI) was established as the national body of accreditation on recommendations of expert missions of the European Union after consultations in the Inter- Ministerial Task Force, the Committee of Secretaries and the Group of Ministers in 1996.
- The council came into existence in 1997 through a Cabinet decision as an autonomous non- profit organisation through seed funding by the Indian government and the Indian industry, represented by three premier industry associations – Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
- The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, is the nodal department for quality and the QCI.
- The Chairman of QCI is appointed by the Prime Minister of India .
- To establish and operate a national accreditation structure and promote quality through the National Quality Campaign.
- To function through its own resources through a fee from accreditation and invest in quality promotion.
- To play the role of the National Accreditation Body (NAB) as per the eco-system of quality around the world with the task of creating a mechanism for third-party assessment of products, services and processes.
- To work as an independent organisation away from both government and industry, and function as an independent professional body with its own rules, powers and functions as per the MoA of the society.