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An Overview of BIS Certification

BIS stands for Bureau of Indian Standards and is a government-backed body involved with standardization, quality assurance of products, services, processes & systems, and conformity assessment. In India, BIS Certification is issued by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and this Certification is a means for providing 3rd party guarantee of safety, quality, and reliability of goods to the customers. BIS Certification is voluntary in nature and the Government of India has made this Certification compulsory for certain products taking into consideration public health. According to the Government's notification, 380 products are compulsorily needed to obtain this Certification. This Certification permits the license holders to use the ISI Mark (Standard Mark) on their products or items.

In India, the BIS has set up 8 central, 4 regional & 3 branch labs to test the product samples during surveillance and preliminary operations. The BIS Certification for products is encouraged by the Government of India for the following purposes:

  • It increases the customer confidence or trust in the product;
  • It provides quality assurance;
  • It safeguards the customers from hazardous products;
  • It protects public health.

What are the benefits of BIS Certification in India?

Following are some benefits of BIS Certification in India:

  1. Ensures quality standards on BIS certified products are bound to follow a certain standard while manufacturing the products;
  2. Gives authenticity to BIS authorized products or goods as they provide high-quality performance & reliability;
  3. BIS registered products to reduce the environmental risks as BIS has prohibited the usage of chemicals & materials under its norms;
  4. BIS Registration is issued after testing the products' samples in BIS certified labs, ensuring quality inspection & high-quality goods.

Products Covered Under BIS Certification

  • Products covered under Mandatory Certification: Scheme-I
  1. Cement;
  2. Household electrical goods;
  3. Batteries;
  4. Food & related products;
  5. Oil pressure stoves;
  6. Automobile accessories;
  7. Cylinders, Valves, and Regulators;
  8. Medical Equipment;
  9. Steel & Stainless-steel Products;
  10. Electrical Motors;
  11. Electrical Transformers;
  12. Capacitors;
  13. Chemicals and Fertilizers;
  14. Foot Wear;
  15. Press Tool-Punches;
  16. Helmet 2 Wheeler Motor Vehicles riders;
  17. Refrigerating Appliances;
  18. Centrifugally cast iron pipes;
  19. Flux Cored (Tubular) Electrodes;
  20. Sewing Machine;
  21. PVC Pipes & Fittings for Potable Water Supply;
  22. PVC Pipes & Fittings in Agriculture and in Suction and Delivery Lines of Agricultural Pumps & Rain Water Systems;
  23. PVC Pipes & Fittings for Drainage & Sewerage System;
  24. Water Treatment System;
  25. Transparent Float Glass;
  26. Pressure Cooker;
  27. Cables;
  28. Rubber Hose for (LPG);
  29. Aluminium Foil;
  30. Toys;
  31. Flat Transparent Sheet Glass;
  32. Safety Glass;
  33. Woven Sacks;
  34. Butterfly Valves;
  35. Reflectors for Bicycles;
  36. Paper;
  37. Cattle Feeds;
  38. Automobile Wheel Rim Component
  39. And so on.
  • Products under Mandatory Certification: Scheme – II
  1. Electronic games;
  2. Laptop, Notebooks, Tablets;
  3. Plasma TV, LED, LCD Televisions of screen size 32” & above;
  4. Optical Disc Players having in-built amplifiers of input power 200W and above;
  5. Microwave, OTG, Ovens; Visual Display Units;
  6. Video Monitors of screen-size 32″ and above Printers, Plotters;
  7. Scanners;
  8. Wireless Keyboards;
  9. Telephone Answering Machines;
  10. Amplifiers with an input power of 2000W and above;
  11. Mobile Phones;
  12. Cash Registers;
  13. PoS terminal;
  14. Copying Machines/Duplicators;
  15. Smart Card Readers;
  16. Mail Processing Machines or Postage Machines or Franking Machines;
  17. Passport;
  18. Reader Power Banks;
  19. Recessed LED Luminaries, LED Luminaires for Road & Street Lighting, LED Flood Lights, LED Handlamps, and LED Lights for Emergency Lighting;
  20. UPS or Inverters of rating ≤ 10kVA;
  21. Plasma or LCD or LED TV of screen size up to 32 inches;
  22. CTV Cameras or CCTV Recorders;
  23. USB driven Barcode scanners, barcode readers, Iris scanners & Optical fingerprint scanners;
  24. Smartwatches;
  25. USB Type External Hard Disk Drive;
  26. Wireless Headphones & Earphones;
  27. USB Type External SSD Devices (above 256 GB capacity);
  28. Many more products.
  • Products under Mandatory Certification:- Scheme – IV (Issuance of Certificate of Conformity)
  1. Stamping or Laminations or cores or transformers (with/without winding);
  2. Retro-reflective devices for bicycles.

Different Types of BIS Certification Scheme

This Certification is provided only for the products covered under the following schemes:

  • Normal Procedure for Domestic Manufacturers: The product manufacturers that come under the Scheme –I must register through the normal producers. However, certain products that need compulsory Certification are also included in the products list that comes under simplified registration. Under the normal procedure, the manufacturer of the compulsory BIS Certification product must submit the application to the authorized Officer of the jurisdiction where the manufacturing unit is located. The product manufacturer must submit Form V under Scheme-I along with the required documents & fees.

After receiving the application, the BIS Officers will conduct a preliminary factory evaluation. The Officers will collect product samples, test them and obtain a testing report. When the products meet quality standards, the BIS License is provided. The Certification is issued within four to six months after submitting the BIS application for this product.

  • Simplified Procedure for Domestic Manufacturers: This procedure gives some pace to the process of granting the BIS License. The product's manufacturer listed under the simplified procedure must compulsorily apply for BIS Registration under the simplified procedure. In this procedure, the manufacturer of the products must submit the BIS application, the required documents, and test reports of the products’ samples obtained from the certified BIS Lab to the respective BIS Officer. If the test reports meet all the quality standards, the Officer will inspect the factory & grant the BIS License within 30 days of submitting the application.
  • Eco Mark Scheme: The BIS Eco Mark Scheme offers a certificate for environmentally-friendly products. In this Scheme, BIS classified all environmental products that conform to Indian standards' necessities. The BIS grants the ECO logo along with “ISI Mark” for the products. Further, obtaining a BIS Certificate in the Eco Mark scheme is similar to the Domestic Manufacturer scheme.
  • Foreign Manufacturers Certification (FMCS) Scheme: This specific Scheme gives an opportunity to the foreign/overseas applicants or manufacturers to use BIS Standard Mark on the goods or products. An individual can easily acquire BIS Certification by this method within six months.

The foreign applicant or manufacturer must submit the BIS application with the BIS in the prescribed format, the requisite documents & fees. The BIS will carry out a preliminary inspection of the product at the manufacturing & testing units of the applicant and collect product samples for independent testing.

When the BIS is satisfied that all the products meet the standards, it shall issue the BIS Registration Certificate. When the Certification is issued to the foreign manufacturer or overseas applicants, they should pay an annual license fee and an annual minimum marking fee.

BIS CRS Scheme: The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology notified the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) in 2012. Under CRS, the manufacturers listed under the CRS must obtain the BIS Certification mandatorily. As per the 2012 order by the Ministry, an individual cannot distribute, manufacture, or store products for import/sale that don’t conform to the Indian Standards specified in the order & bear the standard mark with an unique BIS registration number.

Documents Required for BIS Registration Certificate

The documents vary on the different type of BIS Registration Scheme. Following are some general documents required for BIS Certification in India:

  1. Complete name & address proof of office & factory;
  2. Document showing the establishment of manufacturing unit such as Registration Certificate or MOA (Memorandum of Association), etc.;
  3. SSI or MSME Certificate, if applicable;
  4. Details of outsourcing of manufacturing process, if applicable;
  5. Factory premises layout plan & location plan of the factory;
  6. Manufacturing process flow covering all manufactuing processes (from raw material to finished product);
  7. List of manufacturing machinery along with the machinery details;
  8. A list of testing facilities & testing equipment list;
  9. Copies of an original calibration certificates of testing equipment;
  10. 3rd party lab test report as per Indian Standards, if applicable;
  11. In case the application is duly signed by the authorized signatory, the authorization letter from CEO in the authorized signatory's name;
  12. In case of an overseas or foreign manufacturer, nomination details of Indian agent & nomination form.
  • Technical details of products:
  1. PCB Layout;
  2. Schematic Diagrams;
  3. User Manual;
  4. Critical components list.
  • Other documents:
  1. Acknowledgement receipt acquired during submission of file online;
  2. Letter of Consent from the CEO of the company;
  3. Affidavit & undertaking relating or the approved Indian Representative attested with id proof of the person enclosing signature in the affidavit (this is only required in the case of the foreign or overseas manufacturer);
  4. Form VI & VII;
  5. Original test reports from BIS lab (not older than 1 month);
  6. Undertaking relating to the testing report.

Procedure for BIS Registration

The procedure for BIS Certification involves the licensing and surveillance process. Following are the steps for licensing process:

  • The manufacturers need to fill the application form correctly and submit it to the BIS along with the documents;
  • Then the BIS Officer will visit the proposed factory for a preliminary inspection;
  • After the examination, the product samples will be examined;
  • After completing the evaluation, the Officer will derive the final result.

After the inspection process, the Officer will conduct the surveillance process to conduct a complete factory survey. Following are the steps involved in the surveillance process:

  • The examining authority will visit the factory to testify the test results;
  • The Officer will send the samples to the labs;
  • The test report will give feedback/brief the complaint on the investigation;
  • The performance review report will be prepared;
  • Once the report is examined, the BIS Certification is issued.

What is the validity of the BIS Registration Certificate in India?

The BIS Certificate is valid for only 2 years and the manufacturers need to renew the Certification when there is no alteration in the concerned products & prescribed standards. The renewed BIS Certificate will be valid for 1 year and a maximum of 5 years. The renewal of the BIS Registration Certificate is subject to an annual advance minimum marking fee & license fee. However, if the application for the BIS Renewal is filed after the expiry period, then the applicant needs to pay a late fee of Rs. 5000.

Why Swarit Advisors?

There is no denying that obtaining BIS Certification is a complicated task that seeks adequate skill and a professional approach. Many mistakes occur in the documentation part that fundamentally leads to the BIS application's cancellation. With Swarit Advisors' support, you don't need to face such problems. All you need to do is provide the requested credentials & details to our experts and you are good to go.

Frequently Asked Questions

The main objectives of BIS Certification are to protect and safeguard the health of the citizens; Offer quality assurance; Protect consumers from the Hazardous Products; and Boost consumer confidence.

The term “BIS Certification” denotes the quality assurance, reliability, and safety of the third party from a product. It is compulsory for every manufacturer notified under the Compulsory Registration to obtain BIS Certification in India.

The term BIS stands for the “Bureau of Indian Standards.” It is a National Standard Body of India engaged in the preparation, execution of standards, and certification of schemes relating to products. It also provides testing and standardization services in India.

The headquarters of the Bureau of Indian Standards is located in New Delhi. It also has 5 Regional Offices situated at Chennai (Southern), Kolkata (Eastern), Mumbai (Western), Delhi (Central), and Chandigarh (Northern).

As per a notification issued by the BIS on April 2018, there are different groups having a total of 116 products that need to obtain BIS Certification in India. These groups include Cement; Household Electrical Goods; Batteries; Food and related Products; Oil Pressure Stoves; Automobile Accessories; Cylinders, Valves, and Regulators; Medical Equipment; Steel and Stainless-Steel Products; Electrical Motors; Electrical Transformers; Capacitors; Chemicals and Fertilizers.

Yes, it is mandatory to obtain a BIS License for the import of goods falling under the notified scheme. That means such goods can only be imported in India if they have a standard mark under the BIS Certification.

For products that are produced domestically, the Compulsory Registration System (CRS) is relevant according to the manufacturing date. However, the products which are being imported in India, the date of landing, will be considered effective.

All the Manufacturers of the products notified under the Compulsory Registration Scheme, whether located in India or outside, need to obtain CRS Registration.

According to the Guidelines issued for the Series Approval of Products, only one sample out of a series of every ten models will be chosen for testing. Further, this rule states that the product having the worst configuration as per the safety designed consideration will get picked for the test.

Yes, if in case a common test report is being engendered, then there is a need that all the brands must be distinctly enumerated out in the report.

No, the CRS or the Compulsory Registration Scheme is applicable to only the Products and not on the Spare Parts.

The items or the piece of information that to be marked on a label are Brand Name; Product Name; Model Number; Input and Output Wattage; Name of the Country where the said product has been manufactured; and Name of the Manufacturer. Further, the label marked should be of such a quality that the same cannot be rubbed, washed, or scratched off by anyone.

We have completed BIS Certification in Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Noida, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Indore, Kolkata, Pune, Surat, Lucknow, Jaipur, Kanpur, Nagpur, and other Indian cities.

According to the BIS Rules and Regulations, the Test report must not be older than 90 days as on the submission date of the application form.

A BIS License stands cancelled under the provisions of Rule 11 of the BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018.

The manufacturer or its authorised Indian representative has the responsibility to get the products registered with the Bureau of Indian Standards.

No, the manufacturer needs to file a separate application for each product and for each factory location.

Normally, a period of 6 months is needed by the authorities to grant a BIS License. The period will start from the date of the receipt of the application. However, the same can vary for reasons like transportation of samples; remittance of dues; organising inspection; and delay in giving responses to the queries raised.

No, the manufacturer needs to file a separate application for each factory location.

Regulation 6 of the BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations 2018 deals with the conditions for the use of Standard Mask.

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