RMC Plant Capability Certification Scheme

India has witnessed a remarkable growth in Construction & Infrastructure Development segment over the last decade. In this era of huge construction & infrastructure development, the two major demands are

  1. - Speedy Construction
  2. - Improved Quality of Concrete


The early 90’s witnessed the onset of the Ready Mix Concrete (RMC) production technology in India. With the increase in the acceptability of this new technology, the key RMC players joined hands to form the Ready Mix Concrete Manufacturers Association (RMC MA) in 2002.

One of the important missions of RMC MA has been to develop, maintain and continuously improve the self regulatory framework of quality of concrete. Further, the RMC MA has taken enormous efforts in evolving a quality scheme for RMC and implementing the same in different parts of the country. With this vision, a Quality Scheme for RMC Plants was launched in 2008.

Ready Mix Concrete (RMC) is one of the most critical inputs in the infrastructure & building industry and therefore its quality is of paramount importance. As India invests in building her infrastructure, the quality of RMC cannot be underestimated, and this can be ensured only by maintaining the quality of the RMC manufacturing process. The durability, the local aspect of ready mixed concrete production and use, the recyclability of fresh and hardened concrete and all the other environmental benefits offered by ready mixed concrete, means that it can truly claim to be “A Natural Choice”.

In order to propagate and encourage the use of RMC as an efficient and cost-effective method to supply fresh concrete with required performance expectations, the RMC MA in conjunction with the Quality Council of India (QCI),has developed an auditable criteria focusing on strengthening the RMC manufacturing processes to gain stakeholder confidence in the quality of RMC.


Why Certification –

Since concrete is a manufactured product, its quality and uniformity depends on the control over its manufacture. It must be produced with suitable ingredients accurately combined to specific proportions. These must be thoroughly blended and the finished product delivered according to the requirements of the purchaser. Although success depends upon several factors, a vital prerequisite is the availability of proper, well-maintained equipment and an efficient production facility.

The quality of a ready mix concrete is a chain of requirements in both concrete stages -- fresh and hardened. To achieve these requirements, comprehensive quality control procedures are expected to be applied in the concrete batch plant as well as in the construction site to control processes related to -

  1. - testing of raw materials,
  2. - concrete batching,
  3. - casting,
  4. - consolidation,
  5. - curing and others


The RMC Production Control Criteria is designed to meet the above-stated intent. The RMC Plant Certification Scheme is operated by the QCI and is Based on the “Criteria for RMC Production Control” published by the Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC) under the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India.

There are two types of certification schemes available as follows :

  1. a) RMC Capability Certification based on the RMC Production Control Criteria
  2. b) RMC 9000+ Capability Certification based on Quality Management Systems as per ISO 9001 and the RMC Production Control Criteria


Benefits of RMC  Capability / RMC 9000+ Certification

  • - Structured Approach for Concrete production
  • - Consistent Supply Chain - Clarity of Requirements from Specifications to Delivery
  • - Improved Process controls contributing to -
    1. - Consistent product quality
    2. - Improvement in effectiveness
    3. - Reduction/Managing of product non-conformances to a Greater Extent
    4. - Focused approach towards improvement in process efficiency
  • - Audit of Production Facility/Operations/processes by a 3rd party – An Impartial & Objective Approach
  • - RMC Capability Certification synchronized with ISO 9001 – An integrated Approach beneficial as ISO 9001 is mandated in infrastructure projects.
  • - Certification of Compliance – A major Indicative of the Plant capability to produce quality concrete on consistent basis thereby giving a competitive edge.



A brief overview of the certification requirements is as below (also refer to the Client Lounge section for more details)-

Audit Mandays (including onsite+offsite)

Certification activity



Certification Audit

2 min. per plant

IAF MD5 +2 Min. (per plant)



2 min. per plant

IAF MD5 + 2 Min. (per plant)

* At least one surveillance audit annual basis required to be done as a surprise audit.





Production & Quality Control Manual



Quality Manual



Tables 1 to 11 as per Section B of “Criteria for RMC Production Control” duly filled up (as necessary) with supporting documents.




Bureau Veritas Certification (BVC) is one of the few certification bodies accredited by QCI to audit as per the set standards for manufacturing RMC & subsequent to satisfactory level of conformance, certify such plants for “RMC Capability Certification”. BVC have already certified several top quality RMC manufacturers to this standard and many more certifications of major cement manufacturers are in progress.

Specific to RMC sector, Bureau Veritas feels proud to state the below facts –

  1. - Civil-Aid Technoclinic Pvt. Ltd (A Bureau Veritas Group Company) is an established name in the Civil & RMC sector

  2. - Representation in the QCI Technical Committee for framing the RMCPCS criteria

  3. - Four members from the BV Senior Management on the QCI “List of Approved Auditors” for RMC scheme

  4. - Ensure fulfillment of stringent competency requirements for assessors, especially related to qualifications & experience

  5. - In-house capability & technical competency available for audit execution

  6. - Our Network - Local reach with local expertise


List of Certified Clients

Green = Certificate Valid
Orange = Certification Status under Review
Red = Suspended

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