Below is a brief of ZED  scheme by Ministry of MSME for you all (www.zed.org.in). 

Please click this link to watch the 26 minutes video of ZED  (Financial Support to MSME in ZED  certification Scheme) which is self-explanatory. Zero Defect Zero Effect Video

Please note, eventually you all will have to go for the ZED  certification. It is a merger of ISO 9000/14000/HACCP standards. Currently the scheme is available to only 22,222 MSME’s & is first come first serve basis after which, the subsidy will not be available.

ZED culture in India based on the principles of:

Zero Defect (focus on customer): Zero non-conformance/non-compliance & Zero waste.

Zero Effect (focus on society): Zero air pollution/liquid discharge (ZLD)/solid waste & Zero wastage of natural resources.

The subsidised ZED Certification scheme was introduced by our H’ble PM Sh. Narendra  Modi on 18th Oct-16 at Ludhiana for MSME’s through the ZED Maturity Assessment Model. It aims to rate and handhold all MSMEs to deliver top-quality products using clean technology.

Purpose/Aim/Objective of ZED Certification Scheme?

ZED Maturity Assessment Model:-

The ZED Maturity Assessment Model has been conceived and structured to offer graded benchmark levels of an organisation's performance through a set of standard enabler and outcome parameters focusing on quality and environmental performances.

Benefits of ZED Certification:-

How it Works:-

There are 50 parameters on which the MSMEs will be assessed and rated.

Rating of EACH PARAMETER will be done as per the following:-

  Current Ratings.


   Proposed Ratings.





Level 1.



2.2 – 2.5

Level 2.



2.5 – 3.0

Level 3.



3.0 – 3.5

Level 4.



3.5 – 4.0

Level 5.



4.0 – 5.0

Parameters: The MSMEs will be assessed & rated on defined enabler & outcome parameters on operational level indicators. The organisational level indicators are useful pointers towards implementing a ZED Maturity Assessment Model at the operational level. These indicators may include:-

ZED Process Flow: Awareness Training – Self Assessment – Desktop Assessment – Site Assessment – ZED Rating &Certification – Gap Analysis & Handling – Surveillance.

Self-Assessment: The MSME can take online self-assessment to get an idea of ZED Model and get prepared for site-assessment.

Desktop Assessment: QCI will monitor & assess the self-assessment exercise undertaken by the MSME and provide detailed report and guidance wherever necessary to the company before the company goes for the ZED site-assessment and rating process. The inputs in the report will be provided by a QCI certified Consultant.

Site Assessment: Then there will be a site-assessment (and, eventually, a ZED rating) for each SME in the ZED process conducted by QCI accredited agencies. The assessors conducting the rating assessments will be certified on the ZED model by QCI.

ZED Rating and Certification: The rating provided will be valid for a period of 4 years. QCI will award the certification to the respective companies as per the site assessment conducted.

Gap Analysis & Handholding: The company, if it so wishes, can apply for consulting support through a handholding process by QCI empaneled consultants who have been trained and certified. They will assist the company in achieving a higher rating thus moving up the ZED maturity model. If the company chooses to avail of consulting support, they will then be assessed onsite and given a renewed ZED rating (as described previously) after a fixed duration.

Surveillance: Surveillance activity will be undertaken after 18 months by QCI accredited agencies to ensure that the ZED rated company is progressing as per the plan established in the ZED rating process.

Scheme Subsidy:



Subsidy for


80 %

Assessment, Increase in rating & consultancy services.


65 %


50 %