CONCERT a centre for Consumer education, Research, Teaching, Training and Testing is a voluntary consumer organization registered as a trust functioning at Chennai. It is a sister organization of Consumers Association of India committed to create awareness among consumers through various workshops, seminars, meetings, media and advocacy programmes. CONCERT is represented on several committees constituted by Government of India and lobbies with the government on issues related to consumers.
CONCERT is engaged in analyzing consumer products like food items, drugs, petroleum products, in their laboratory. CONCERT has the distinction of setting up the only fuel testing lab outside the industry for testing adulteration in petroleum products. This lab was set up with assistance from the USAID programme and the California Air Resources Board.
CONCERT is represented in Food and Agriculture division subcommittees of Bureau of Indian Standards New Delhi. Some of the important committees where valuable contribution has been made by CONCERT are
(i) Drinks and Carbonated Beverages committee
(ii) Ready to eat Foods committee
(iii) Processed Fruits and vegetables products committee
(iv) Packaged Drinking Water etc.,
CONCERT was one of the committee members which formulated the specification of “QUICK METHODS FOR DETECTION OF
ADULTERANTS / CONTAMINANTS IN COMMON FOOD PRODUCTS IS-15642 (Part 1 & 2): 2006. CONCERT has developed a handy kit for testing adulteration in food products called the Annam Spot Testing kit.
Concert was also represented on Central Advisory Committee of FSSAI Was nominated to the board of BIS for 3 years