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Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)


Bureau of Indian Standardsrds (BIS), the  National Standards Body (NSB) of India, functioning under the  aegis of  Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Govt. of India for harmonious development of the activities of standardization, conformity assessment and quality assurance of goods, articles, processes, systems and services. Major activities of BIS includes,

  1. Formulation of Indian Standards
  2. Certification: Product, Hallmarking and Management Systems
  3. Foreign Manufacturers’ Certification Scheme
  4. Registration Scheme for Electronic and Information Technology Goods
  5. Testing & Calibration Services
  6. Training Services
  7. Technical Information Services including WTO-TBT Enquiry Point

Standard development activities:

BIS is engaged in formulating Indian Standards in various technology areas and service sectors other than drugs and pharmaceuticals under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act,  2016 by a process of consultation involving consumers, manufacturers, Government and regulatory bodies, technologists, scientists and testing laboratories through duly constituted committees.

For formulation of Indian Standards, BIS functions through the Technical Committee structure comprising of Sectional Committees, Subcommittees and Panels set up for dealing with specific group of subjects under respective Division Councils. BIS has over 650 Technical Committees under  14 Division Councils and so far developed over 19000 Indian Standards.

The Indian Standards are priced and may be purchased from BIS sales offices or  through E-sale portal:-http://www.standardsbis.in/.    

BIS, being a signatory to the 'Code of Good Practice for the preparation, adoption and application of standards (Article 4 of WTO-TBT Agreement, Annex 3)'.has harmonized its standards formulation procedure with the relevant guidelines as laid down by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). BIS has been actively participating in the activities of ISO  and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). A sizeable number of Indian Standards have been harmonised with ISO/IEC Standards to facilitate acceptance of Indian products in the International Market. For details click below:

BIS does not make Technical Regulations. However, there are technical regulations which make compliance to BIS standards mandatory. Technical regulations are issued by various  departments under different ministries of Government of India or by different regulators empowered under different states.

Conformity Assessment activities:

BIS is operating different schemes for conformity assessment of products including Hallmarking of gold and silver jewellery and artefacts.

Product Certification Scheme of BIS aims at providing Third Party assurance of quality, safety and reliability of products to the customer. The presence of BIS Certification Mark, known as Standard Mark, on a product is an assurance of conformity to respective Indian Standards.  Although, the scheme itself is voluntary in nature, the Government of India, on considerations of public health and safety, security, infrastructure requirements and mass consumption has enforced mandatory certification on various products through Orders issued from time to time under various Acts.

To support the product certification scheme, which requires testing of products on regular basis for checking conformity to the relevant Indian Standards, BIS has established a network of laboratories. For list of laboratories click here

Management Systems Certification: In line with global developments, BIS has introduced different schemes for conformity assessment of management systems covering presently Quality Management System (IS/ISO 9001), Environmental Management System (IS/ISO 14001), Food Safety Management System (IS/ISO 22000), Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Point (IS 15000), Occupational Health and Safety Management System (IS 18001), Energy Management System (IS/ISO 50001), and Quality Management Systems - Requirements for service quality by public service organizations (IS 15700).

BIS is operating Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) for Electronics & IT Goods as per the provision of Chapter IVA of The Bureau of Indian Standards Rules, 2018 for the product categories notified by Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY). Click here for list of product categories. Registration Department located in BIS Head Quarters at New Delhi is granting Registration under Compulsory Registration Scheme. For further information about CRS click here.

The training arm of BIS, known as National Institute of Training for Standardization (NITS) imparts training to various stakeholders including participants from different developing countries in the field of standardization, quality and conformity assessment. 

BIS is actively involved in the Regional and Bilateral Cooperation Programmes pertaining to standardization, testing, certification, training etc. Accordingly BIS has entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with NSBs of many countries. For details click MOUs and MRAs

Key contact person: Chief(Standardization)

Website:- www.bis.org.in

Mandatory Product Certification

The Bureau of Indian Standards, empowered through an Act of the Indian Parliament, known as the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016, operates a product certification scheme by which it grants licences to manufacturers covering practically every industrial discipline from Agriculture to Textiles to Electronics in accordance with BIS Rules, 2018  and  Bureau of Indian Standards (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018  under the Act.

Though the BIS product certification scheme is essentially voluntary in nature, Government of India, in public interest (for example public health and safety, security, infrastructure requirements, mass consumption) has enforced mandatory certification on various products through various Quality Control Orders issued from time to time under various Acts.

While BIS continues to grant licences on application, the enforcement of compulsory certification is done by the authorities notified in such quality control orders. The list of items under mandatory certification, together with the corresponding Indian Standard Number, and the authorities responsible for enforcing the orders needs to be known for the person engaged in manufacture, store, sell or distribute these products except under the Bureau of Indian Standards Certification Mark.

Under separate arrangements with Statutory agencies, some products have been placed under special certification schemes of lot or batch inspection carried out by BIS Inspecting officers. A majority of Gas cylinders, regulators and valves are certified through such schemes.

BIS operates the certification scheme through a network of 34 Branch Offices (BO) set up in different State capitals or major industrial towns and 5 Regional Offices (RO) overseeing the work of the Branch offices. Moreover, apart from setting eight laboratories throughout India for testing samples to check their conformity against the relevant Indian Standard, BIS has recognized number of independent laboratories having demonstrated ability and a  management system complying with IS/ISO/IEC 17025 for testing of samples.

Processes for Grant of Licence:

Under the product certification scheme BIS has established two procedures for grant of licence (GOL):

  1. Normal Procedure – In this procedure, grant of licence is considered provided the preliminary inspection is found to be satisfactory, samples drawn during this inspection are found to be conforming and the applicant agrees to implement the defined scheme of testing and inspection and pay the prescribed marking fee.

    Manufacturer desirous to obtain a licence shall apply in the prescribed Application form (Form V given in the Bureau of Indian Standards (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018 ). The form along with application fee of Rs 1000 is required to be submitted to the Branch Office under whose jurisdiction the manufacturing unit is located. The additional documents that are required to be submitted with the application, shall be as per the: Guidelines for Grant of Licence (GoL) as per the conformity assessment Scheme – I of Schedule – II of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018 . If the application is found complete in all respects, it is recorded and assigned an application number which is conveyed to the applicant for future reference.

    A Preliminary inspection of the unit is carried out by BIS on a mutually agreed date, within 15 days of recording of application to check and evaluate the firm's manufacturing capability and controls, quality control techniques, availability of testing facilities and the technical skills of the personnel during which samples of products are tested in the factory laboratory and also drawn for testing in laboratories specified for the product.

    The licence is granted to the applicant for the varieties of product covered under a given Indian Standard, if he has the capability to manufacture and test the product at the specified location and the sample drawn for testing in independent laboratory conforms to the relevant Indian Standard. Applicant is also required to agree to operate the prescribed Scheme of Inspection and Testing  (STI) and pay the Marking Fee during the course of operation of licence.

    Click to see FAQs related to the certification  procedure

  2. Simplified Procedure – In this procedure, the applicant is required to submit test report(s) from specified laboratories along with the application. Grant of licence is considered provided the verification visit is found to be satisfactory and the applicant agrees to implement the defined scheme of testing and inspection and pay the prescribed marking fee. Sample(s) is (are) drawn during the verification visit for independent testing, but the conformity of this sample does not form a pre-condition for grant of licence.

    However, the test result is used for review purpose.Simplified procedure is applicable for GOL for all the products except for the following:
    1. products such as cylinders, valves, regulators, cement, etc., where a joint inspection or approval is required from another statutory authority;
    2. products for which licence is granted on the basis of factory testing; and
    3. Packaged Drinking Water (PDW) and Packaged Natural Mineral Water(PNMW).

The detailed steps for the simplified procedure are given in the Option 2 of the Guidelines for Grant of Licence (GoL) as per the conformity assessment Scheme – I of Schedule – II of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018


The application form with test report(s) along with prescribed documents and requisite fee is required to be submitted to the Branch Office under whose jurisdiction the manufacturing unit is located. Clickhttps://bis.gov.in/?page_id=975 here for locating relevant branch office. One application should be submitted for one product and for one manufacturing location.

The licence is granted to the applicant for the varieties of product covered under a given Indian Standard, if he has the capability to manufacture and test the product at the specified location. Applicant is also required to agree to operate the prescribed Scheme of Inspection and Testing  (SIT) and pay the Marking Fee during the course of operation of licence.

 

Key contact Person: Click here to know the details of the Key person in respective branch office

Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS)

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is operating the Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS) under BIS Act, 2016  and Rules & Regulations framed there under. The Scheme is applicable for grant of licence for all products except Electronics & IT Goods notified by DeitY.

Under FMCS, licence is granted to a Foreign Manufacturer for use of Standard Mark on a product that conforms to an Indian Standard. The standards may be under mandatory or voluntary certification. Click here to locate your standards. Click here for list of items under mandatory certification.

The manufacturers, having their factory location outside India can apply under FMCS. They shall ensure conformity of their product(s) to applicable Indian Standard Specifications  and

have all machineries/facilities for manufacturing the product at their factory premises.

have all arrangements/equipments and competent testing personnel in their factory premises for testing of the product(s) as per applicable ISS.

accept the Scheme of Testing & Inspection (STI), Marking Fee and Terms & Conditions of licence

Process of Application/ granting Licence:

Key  Contact person: Click to know the details of the key person related to FSMS

Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS)

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is operating Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) for Electronics & IT Goods as per the provision of Chapter IVA of THE BUREAU OF INDIAN STANDARDS RULES, 1987 for the product categories notified by Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) under "Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012".  As per the Order, no person shall manufacture or store for sale, import, sell or distribute goods which do not conform to the Indian standard specified in the order. Manufacturers of these products are required to apply for registration from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) after getting their product tested from BIS recognized labs.

Click here to read more about CRS.

Registration process:

  • Applicants are required to apply online (Form VI) for grant of Registration. Before applying online applicant should go through the instructions for applying online. Hard copies of application to be submitted within 15 days of online submission of the application otherwise the application will be treated as closed. Test reports issued from labs recognized by BIS under CRS  alongwith the necessary fees as per the fee structure for CRS  to be submitted with application. Refer the checklist of documents to be submitted along with the application form.  
  • Manufacturers have to apply for separate Registration number for products being manufactured at different locations
  • Applicants located in India have to submit an affidavit cum undertaking as per Format C. All foreign applicants having no liaison office or branch office located in India have to appoint Authorized Indian Representative(AIR) as per the guidelines issued by BIS in the prescribed nomination form. Authorized Indian Representatives of applicants located outside India have to submit an affidavit cum undertaking as per Format A/Format B as mentioned in the guidelines.
  • BIS will scrutinize the application. Registration is granted for two years if everything is satisfactory.& uploaded on the applicant's portal. After every two years Registration has to be renewed after every 2 years. For details on renewal, click here
  • For inclusion of new models of the same product and brand, click here to know the details.
  • Refer to guidelines for use of Standard Mark and labelling requirements under BIS Compulsory Registration Scheme for Electronic and IT Products, after Grant of Registration.
  • Surveillance of products under CRS is carried out by DeitY.

Contact address: Click here to know the contact details.





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