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Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) Scheme Online Meeting Registration Form…

Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) Scheme Online Meeting Registration Form…

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Ministry of MSME has re-launched the Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) scheme for the benefit of MSMEs in the manufacturing sector. A PDF comprising the guidelines is attached.

You will also find the details of the Scheme at

The Ministry has organized an online ZED registration meeting to be held tomorrow (Sunday, 15 May 2022) at 11.00 am.

They will explain the ZED registration process and the benefits to the MSMEs in the presence of Mr Ateesh Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary, M/o MSME.

Kindly confirm your participation using the following Google form link ASAP. A meeting joining link will be sent on your email id / Whatsapp.

Link for registration –

ZED or Zero Defect Zero Effect scheme is a new initiative launched by the Narendra Modi led central government.

ZED Scheme envisages the promotion of Zero Defect and Zero Effect (ZED) manufacturing amongst MSMEs and ZED Assessment for their certification.

In this article, we will describe the complete application process for filling up the Zero Defect Zero Effect Scheme online application/registration form.

Revamped ZED Certification Scheme

Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has launched a revamped Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) Certification Scheme.

The first phase of this overhauled programme will focus on manufacturing MSMEs while the second would be on those MSMEs in the services sector.

A new ZED certification scheme can help MSMEs get easier access to capital.

The revised ZED scheme will benefit the MSME sector which contributes 30% to India’s Gross Domestic Product and 50% to the export from this country.

According to the new guidelines “MSMEs that have ZED certification will be eligible to get concessions on parcel special trains.

As well as get preferences from credit bureaus and banks.” Banks have offered lower processing fees and some relaxation in the rate of lending to those MSMEs that have a ZED certification.

There will also be some support in the risk assessment of these certified MSMEs.

Revised Eligibility Criteria for ZED Scheme

The MSME ministry has also reworked the eligibility criteria for certification under the scheme.

The number of parameters required for a Gold category ZED certificate has been trimmed from 50 to 20.

MSMEs that have existing certifications for a criterion will also be considered valid for qualifying parameters.

As of November last year, 23,948 MSMEs had registered with the intent to adopt the principle of the ZED Scheme.

This scheme is part of a drive to create awareness amongst MSMEs about Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) practices.

Motivate and incentivize them for ZED Certification while also encouraging them to become MSME Champions.

Zero Effect Zero Defect Scheme Details

The Zero Defect Zero Effect Scheme 2022 is for MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) Sector to increase the quality of products matching global standards.

The main objective of the ZED (Zero Effect, Zero Defect) scheme is to reduce the bad effect of products on the environment.

While the MSME sector plays a big role in the GDP of India, the scheme will help contribute to the environment as well.

Financial Support to MSMEs in ZED Certification Scheme

Zero Defect Zero Effect Scheme 2022 envisages the promotion of ZED manufacturing amongst MSMEs and ZED Assessment for their certification so as to:-

  • Develop an Ecosystem for Zero Defect Manufacturing in MSMEs.

  • Promote adaptation of Quality tools/systems and Energy Efficient manufacturing.

  • Enable MSMEs for manufacturing quality products.

  • Encourage MSMEs to constantly upgrade their quality standards in products and processes.

  • Drive manufacturing with the adoption of Zero Defect production processes and without impacting the environment.

  • Support the ‘Make in India’ campaign.

  • Develop professionals in the area of ZED manufacturing and certification.

ZED Certification Scheme Registration Process

The ZED Certification Scheme or Zero Defect Zero Effect Scheme is a 5 steps process which is mentioned below:-

1: Firstly visit the online portal of the ZED Scheme at

2: Register free on ZED online portal using a valid (Indian) mobile number and email address.

3: Online self-assessment on the ZED parameters followed by Desktop Assessment.

4: Site assessment, if selected on the basis of Desktop Assessment.

5: Consultancy: Rated MSMEs will have the option to avail of the service of an authorized ZED consultant for gap analysis and handholding.

ZED Scheme Eligibility Criteria to Apply Online

The Scheme is open to all Micro, Small and Medium Manufacturing Enterprises throughout the country.

The units should be registered with the Ministry of MSME (Udyog Adhar Memorandum). DIC (EM-II) or with any other agency (Industry Association and Govt agency).

Under the scheme, the MSME sector is urged to make products with “Zero Defect” and “Zero Effect” on the environment, thus improving the brand image of the country.

The prime minister also asked the MSME sector to make products at par with global standards.

Under the scheme, the MSME companies which follow the guidelines and meet the standards set by the ZED will be awarded ZED certification along with several benefits.

Silent Feature of Zero Defect Zero Effect Scheme

  • At no participation fees, the ministry will organise workshops, sessions, and industry awareness programmes. 

  • Financial assistance will be provided to the MSMEs in obtaining a ZED  certification. 

Subsidy in ZED Certification Scheme

The subsidy provided by the Government of India for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises will be 80%, 60% and 50% respectively.

There shall be an additional subsidy of 5% for MSMEs owned SC/ST/women and MSMEs located in NER and J&K for assessment & rating/re-rating/gap analysis/handholding:-

  • Assessment/Rating by empanelled Credit Rating Agencies/other Agencies valid for 4 years (Ministry of MSME will subsidize* 80% of Micro, 60% of Small, 50% of Medium Enterprises’ Certification Fee: average 70% of Fee) (Assessment Fee Rs. 10,000/-& Rs 80,000/- per enterprise respectively for Desktop Assessment and ZED rating Complete Assessment).

  • Additional rating for Defence angle i.e. Defence ZED by empanelled Credit Rating Agencies/other Agencies valid for 4 years (Ministry of MSME will subsidize* 80% of Micro, 60% of Small, 50% of Medium Enterprises’ Certification Fee: average 70% of Fee) (Assessment Fee Rs. 40,000/- per enterprise.)

  • Gap Analysis, Handholding, Consultancy for improving the rating of MSMEs by Consultants through QCI/NPC, Field formations of O/o DC-MSME viz. MSME-DI, MSME-TC including its autonomous bodies, BEE etc. (Ministry of MSME will subsidize* 80% of Micro, 60% of Small, 50% of Medium Enterprises’ Consultancy charges: average 70% of Fee) (Hand holding charges Rs. 1.9 Lakh per enterprise whereas in case of MSMEs owned by SC/ST entrepreneurs additional support of Rs 10,000/- will be provided.)

  • Re-Assessment/Re-Rating by Credit Rating Agencies & Other Agencies (Ministry of MSME will subsidize* 80% of Micro, 60% of Small, 50% of Medium Enterprises’ Certification Fee: average 70% of Fee) (Assessment Fee Rs. 40000/- per enterprise.).

Benefits of ZED certification

  • Credible recognition of the industry for international customers seeking investment in India

  • Streamlined operations and lower costs

  • Superior quality, reduced rejection and higher revenues

  • Increased environmental & social benefits

  • Additional employment generation

  • Other benefits as announced by the Government from time to time

The interested companies can apply online for the assessment and ZED certification of their products on the official website at The ZED scheme guidelines can be checked at

More details such as scheme guidelines, assessment criteria and other details can be found on the official website of Zero Defect, Zero Effect scheme at the URL here –

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