II. NATIONAL INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS INTO THE POLICY DECISION PROCESS
B. The evolution and existing structure of institutional arrangements for the tea sector in the various ministries and agencies
The Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) and the Ceylon Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (CISIR), which come under the purview of the Ministry of Science and Technology. Some of the functions and services of SLSI and CISIR relate to policy decisions on environmental issues. SLSI, which has laboratory facilities and qualified staff, implements an export certification scheme for non-traditional export products from Sri Lanka. However, tea and tea products are excluded from that scheme. SLSI also plays a significant role in regard to the certification of products under the ISO 9000 series. It is expected to play a similar role in respect of the ISO 14000 series encompassing the environmental management systems.
CISIR, which also has laboratory facilities and qualified staff, carries out analyses of samples as a service on a commercial basis, to determine harmful residues or contaminants, if any, in manufactured tea. Its services, therefore, bear upon environmentally-related policy decisions, albeit in an indirect way.