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BIS Registration in India – An Overview

BIS stands as the acronym for Bureau of Indian Standards. It is the National Standard Body of India, constituted under the BIS Act 2016. The main objective of BIS is to develop standardization, marking and quality certification of goods and matters related to or supplementary to these matters. Before manufacturing or importing your products, it’s crucial to check whether BIS registration is required or not.

What are Some of the Key Initiatives by BIS?

BIS has taken a wide range of initiatives and received recognition in the industry. Some of the key initiatives by BIS include:

  • Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) – In India, electronic product manufacturers must register their products with BIS under the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) to comply with a third-party guarantee of safety, quality, and reliability.
  • Standard Formulation - BIS standards are continuously prepared and updated to maintain consistency and excellence in product quality.
  • Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS) – This schemeessentially mandates foreign manufacturers to certify their products to conform to Indian quality standards. It ensures the quality of imported goods to safeguard the interests of Indian consumers.
  • Product Certification Scheme – BIS-certified products are quality compliant and instil a sense of confidence in the end-use-buyers.
  • Hallmarking Scheme – Hallmark is a quality compliance scheme exclusive to precious metals. It covers gold, silver, and platinum jewellery and artefacts.
  • Sale of Indian Standards – BIS plays a pivotal role in making Indian Standards accessible to the public by making them available for sale.
  • Laboratory Services – To ensure quality compliance, BIS manages laboratories dedicated to testing and certification.
  • Laboratory Recognition Scheme – BIS offers recognition to laboratories for quality testing and certification.
  • Consumer Affairs Activities – BIS undertakes operations to safeguard consumers' interests and ensure that fair trade practices are followed.
  • Information Services – It offers information and resources to improve the understanding of the public about the quality standards that businesses have to adhere to in the country.
  • Promotional Activities – BIS actively undertakes activities that aim to promote compliance with quality standards amongst manufacturers and consumers.
  • Training Services, National & International – BIS organises training programs to boost awareness of standard compliance at national and international levels.
  • BIS Tatkal Scheme – This scheme enables domestic manufacturers to obtain BIS registration on priority within a stipulated time period of 30 days.

What are the Objectives of BIS Standards?

Adhering to BIS Standards is of utmost importance for businesses involved in manufacturing and importing. The primary objectives of BIS standards are:

  • Ongoing Development - Continuous and amicable development of standardization, quality certification, and marking processes.
  • Creating Uniform Strategy - Development of a uniform national strategy for recognizing standards aligning them with product development and exports.
  • Quality Control - Emphasising quality control and standardization.

What are Quality Control Orders?

As a National Standards Body of India, BIS strives to the formulation, standardisation and quality assurance of goods, services, processes and systems. The Indian Standards established by BIS act as a third-party assurance for product quality, safety, and reliability to the consumers.

BIS registration is voluntary in nature, but the government mandates that certain products adhere to compliance. Quality Control Orders (QCOs) are regulatory processes applied to safeguard the quality of certain products at the time of import, manufacturing, selling, and distribution in the Indian market. BIS is authorised to issue directives regarding the regulation of different product categories.  

These needs are derived from factors including public interest, human, animal & plant safety, environmental protection, prevention of unfair trade practices, and national security. For such products, the Indian government mandates using the Standard Mark under the Certificate of Conformity (CoC) or License issued by BIS through Quality Control Orders (QCOs).

BIS not only functions as a Certification Authority but doubles as an Enforcement Authority too for products listed under QCO. BIS ensures that businesses comply with the QCOs through regular assessments, testing and penalizations. Some products that the QCOs cover include toys, household electrical appliances, cement, electronics and IT goods.

What is the Purpose of Issuing Quality Control Orders (QCOs)?

Quality control orders are significant regulatory processes. The purpose of issuing Quality Control Orders (QCOs) is:

  • To block the import of cheap and low-grade products to India.
  • To ensure the access of high-quality products to Indian customers.

To grant access to various ministries the right to issue Quality Control Orders (QCOs) u/s 16, 17 and 25 of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016.

What are the Benefits of Securing BIS Registration?

BIS registration helps win the trust of customers and preserves and upgrades the reputation of your business. The benefits of securing the BIS Registration include:

 

  • Total Quality Management (TQM) – Prepares the base for implementing Total Quality Management (TQM).
  • Optimum Utilization of Resources – Ensures that resources are utilized to their optimal capacity.
  • Reduced Expenses – Helps avoid overhead expenses during the manufacturing process, considerably bringing down the costs.
  • Global Recognition – Facilitates the opportunity to tap into global markets, leading to business expansion and global recognition.
  • Benchmark of Product Quality – Serves as a benchmark of product quality, instilling a sense of confidence in shareholders and customers alike.
  • Bespoke Quality Management – Enables businesses to implement customised quality management practices specific to their needs.
  • Boosts Goodwill – It helps businesses build goodwill and market reputation, strengthening the trust of their customers and stakeholders alike.

What are the Types of BIS Certifications?

Wondering about the types of BIS certifications in India? Given below are the different types of BIS Certification:

  1. BIS CRS Certification (Compulsory Registration Scheme) – As per the order of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), BIS CRS Registration is mandated for products falling under electronics category.
  2. ISI Mark/Certification – ISI Mark assures that no sub-standard products are sold in the market. It is mandatory for 644 product (As per the BIS website) categories to comply with ISI Certification to be eligible for selling in the Indian market.
  3. Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS Certification) – Mandates foreign manufacturers to certify their products in accordance with Indian quality standards. Prevents the sale of sub-standard products by these manufacturers.
  4. Hallmark Hallmarking is a quality compliance for precious metals and includes gold, silver and platinum jewellery and artifacts to protect consumers against adulteration. However, since 1st April 2023, jewellers are mandated to sell gold jewellery bearing Hallmark Unique Identification Number (HUID) on all 14,18 and 22 carat gold jewellery.
  5. Management System Certification BIS offers certification schemes under the Act of Parliament across various management systems including Quality Management System, Food Safety Management System and Environmental Management System Certification.
  6. ECO Mark Certification – Instituted by the Government of India, the ECO Mark scheme certifies products that are sustainable and environment friendly. Some of the product categories included are Soaps and Detergents, Food Items, Paints, Packing/Packaging Materials, Coir & Coir Products etc.
  7. Laboratory Recognition Scheme – To protect the interests of the consumers, BIS recognizes labs by granting them license and registration upon meeting stringent certification and testing standards.
  8. Recognition of Assaying and Hallmarking Centre (AHC) – BIS is engaged in the acknowledgement and certification of entities working towards assaying and hallmarking processes.

Products Covered Under BIS Registration

The list of product categories covered under Mandatory BIS Registration: Scheme – I (ISI Mark Scheme):

  • Cement
  • Household Electrical goods
  • Batteries
  • Oil Pressure Stoves
  • Automobile Accessories
  • Cylinder, Valves and Regulator
  • Medical Equipment
  • Steel and Iron Products
  • Electrical Transformers
  • Electrical Motors
  • Capacitors
  • Chemicals, Fertilisers, Polymers & Textiles
  • Kitchen Appliances
  • Domestic Water Heaters for use with LPG
  • Safety Glass
  • Air Conditioner and its related Parts
  • Plugs and Socket-Outlets
  • Domestic Gas Stoves for use with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
  • Transparent Float Glass
  • Domestic Pressure Cooker
  • Cables
  • Rubber Hose for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Non-Electric Toys
  • Electric Toys
  • Flat Transparent Sheet Glass
  • Jute Bag
  • Woven Sacks
  • Butterfly Valves
  • Reflectors for Bicycles
  • Paper
  • Cattle Feeds
  • Automobile Wheel Rim Component
  • Foot Wear
  • Press Tool-Punches
  • Helmets for riders of Two-Wheeler Motor Vehicles
  • Refrigerating Appliances
  • Centrifugally cast (spun) iron pipes
  • Flux Cored (Tubular) Electrodes
  • Sewing Machine
  • Water Treatment System

List of Chemicals Notified by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

There are certain chemicals that are notified by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. Get a glimpse of the chemicals mentioned below-

  1. Ortho Phosphoric Acid
  2. Polyphosphoric Acid
  3. Trimethyl Phosphite

Latest Products to be Added under BIS Registration

List of some products that received BIS Registration recently:

  1. Aluminium and Aluminium Alloys
  2. Plywood and Wooden Flush Door Shutters
  3. Water Coolers
  4. Door fittings, including different types of door closers and door handles
  5. Sandals, Slippers and Hawaiian Chappals

Is BIS Registration Mandated for Exporting Products to India?

BIS Registration is mandated for foreign manufacturers aiming to export their products to India. Such manufacturers are mandated to conform to Indian standards and adhere to quality requirements. Some of the reasons to obtain BIS Registration include:

  • Validates product quality mandated by the Indian regulatory authority
  • Critical for products manufactured under the categories – electronics, machinery and chemicals
  • Facilitates custom clearance
  • Instils a sense of confidence in Indian customers
  • Advocates reliability of the manufacturer as a responsible contributor to the Indian market

Types of Documents Needed for BIS Registration

BIS Registration matters for businesses involved in manufacturing and importing a specific segment of products. The list of documents that an applicant needs for BIS Registration is as follows:

  • Name and address proof of the applicant
  • Name and address proof of the factory
  • Proof of Establishment of Manufacturing Unit such as Certificate of Incorporation (COI) or Registration Certificate, MOA, etc
  • SSI or MSME Certificate
  • Details of Outsourcing of the manufacturing process
  • Layout plan
  • Location plan of the factory
  • Manufacturing Process Flow
  • Detailed list of Machinery involved
  • List of Testing equipment and facilities
  • Calibration Certificates of testing equipment
  • 3rd party laboratory test report as per the Indian Standards
  • If an authorized signatory signs the application, an authorization letter from the CEO in the name of the authorized signatory
  • In the case of Overseas or foreign manufacturers, details of the Indian agent and nomination form
  • Technical details of products, such as PCB Layout, Schematic Diagrams, User Manual and Critical Components List
  • Acknowledgement receipt
  • Letter of Consent from the CEO of the company
  • Undertaking and Affidavit attested with ID Proof and the signature of the approved Indian Representative (in the case of a foreign or overseas manufacturer)
  • Original Test Reports from BIS Laboratory
  • Undertaking related to the test report

BIS Certification Process

The BIS Registration procedure generally entails licensing and examination. Below is the two-step procedure to secure BIS certification:

Step 1

Licensing

  1. Filing of online application by the applicant as specified by BIS.
  2. Payment of online fee.
  3. Submission of documents in hard copy within 15 days of the filing online application.
  4. Failure of hard copy submission renders the application void.
  5. Preliminary investigation and factory inspection by BIS officer.
  6. Examination of sample products by BIS officer.
  7. Filing of a report by the BIS officer after thorough evaluation.

Step 2

Examination

  1. Factory visit by examining authority to validate the test reports.
  2. Sending product samples to the laboratory by the BIS officer.
  3. Filing of a test report with feedback/brief on the inspection.
  4. Preparation of performance review report.
  5. After validating the reports, issuance of Certificate by BIS.

What is the Validity and Renewal Procedure for BIS Registration?

BIS Registration is valid for one year, after which it needs to be renewed. For renewal, documents and prescribed fees must be paid. However, testing is not required during renewal.

 In case the licensee fails to apply for renewal after the validity period, their BIS license is cancelled.

What is the contribution of BIS to the Indian Economy?

BIS has been actively contributing to the Indian economy by exercising quality control in the following ways:

  • It acts as a barrier to the sale of unsafe, unreliable, and low-grade products to consumers.
  • It prevents the sale of dangerous products, reducing health hazards for consumers.
  • Promotes import and export of quality products.
  • Minimizes the sale of counterfeit products through stringent quality measures, standardization, certification and testing.
  • Promotes a healthy growth of the economy through consumer welfare.

What is the Fees for BIS Certification?

The government fee for BIS Certification depends primarily on the type of BIS registration. It also varies from product to product depending on the product category. Considering these factors BIS Consultancy packages at Corpbiz start from INR 30,000 to INR 40,000.

BIS Registration Timeline

The BIS registration timeline depends on the category of the product and the complexity attached to it. However, acquiring BIS Registration may take around 60 to 90 days.

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Frequently Asked Questions

BIS Registration is a mark of product quality, ensuring the safety of Indian consumers.

BIS Registration is an important marker for determining whether products sold in Indian markets conform to the standards set by BIS and are safe to use.

Certain product categories like electronics, automotive components, and appliances, amongst others, require mandatory BIS registration.

You can apply for BIS registration through Corpbiz, directly through the BIS official website, or by visiting the BIS branch office.

Depending on the product category, some of the documents required for BIS registration include manufacturing process details, product specifications, test reports etc.

Depending on the product category and complexity, it may take between 60 - 90 days to obtain the BIS registration.

A BIS registration is valid for 1 year and must be renewed afterwards.

The BIS mark is a certification mark mandated by BIS to be placed on the product, its packaging, or accompanying documents in accordance with the BIS specifications.

No. It is mandatory for imported products to obtain the prescribed BIS registration before hitting the Indian markets.

The violation of BIS registration leads to legal penalties, product seizure, and damage to brand reputation.

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