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BIS Registration

Bureau of Indian Standards, BIS, is the national body that prepares and implements standards, operates certification scheme and creates consumer awareness by maintaining close relations with international standard bodies.

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Overview of BIS Registration

BIS is a national body which ensures the quality, safety and reliability of products in India. The purpose of BIS is to examine the samples of products when they are preliminary and surveillance stage. India has a total of eight central, four regional and three branch laboratories of BIS.

 Government of India encourages BIS registration because of the following reasons:

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BIS Registration Product Scheme

BIS Registration product Scheme is one of the largest schemes all over the world with over 26500 licenses covering more than 900 products. It allows the manufacturer to use the popular ISI Mark on their products which says that the product is pure and healthy. BIS Registration product scheme also operates Foreign Manufactures Certification Scheme under which overseas manufacturer can be granted a license to use the BIS standard mark.

Benefits of BIS Registration for manufacturing units

It is crucial for the manufacturer to obtain BIS registration as it involves the following factors-

  • It provides the safeguard to the public health
  • It provides the quality assurance of the product
  • It protects the consumer from dangerous products
  • It also increases the confidence among the customers.  

Till now, over 350 BIS Registration have been granted for over 50 Indian standards in 40 different countries.

Documents Required for BIS Registration

Documents that you need to provide for BIS registration process is divided into two parts:

First part talks about the technical information of the products available for lab test. The information manufacturer has to submit is the construction details of the product like:

  • PCB Layout
  • Schematic Diagram
  • User Manual
  • Critical Components List

In the second part you have to submit the Factory Documents & Information to complete the BIS Application Form and Process, that is, all basic information related to the manufacturing unit:

  • Trademark Registration Copy
  • Organizational chart of the factory
  • Legal address proof of factory
  • List of machinery
  • List of equipments
  • Documents of Authorized Indian Representative (AIR) when the manufacturer is from outside India

The BIS Registration procedures will take approximately 30-35 days to complete including testing time of 15-20 days and the BIS Application processing time which is 10-15 days.

Types of BIS Registration Schemes

The BIS Registration for the product is categorized under different types of schemes which is as follows-

 Normal Procedure for Domestic Manufacturer

The applicant needs to submit the BIS Registration or BIS Registration application along with certain documents and the requisite fees. After submitting the application an evaluation is carried out by a BIS officer where the samples are tested in the factory and drawn an independent testing report.  And, if all things go well BIS Registration is provided where the sampling procedure is acceptable. BIS Registration is granted within 4 months after the submission of the application.

Simplified Procedure for Domestic Manufacturers

In the simplified procedure, the applicant along with the application for BIS Registration submits a test report of the sample from the approved lab to the BIS officer. If the test report is satisfactory then the BIS officer will verify the factory and grant certificate of registration within 30 days of submission of BIS Registration application with a required test report.

The simplified procedure is applicable for grant of license of All India First license cases and for all the products except for the following:

  • Products like cylinders, valves, cement, etc. , where it is necessary to get the approval from another statutory authority;
  • All those products for which BIS license is issued on the basis of factory testing;
  • Packaged Drinking Water (PDW) and Packaged Natural Mineral Water (PNMW).

Eco Mark Scheme

BIS also provides License to environmentally friendly products under a special scheme- ECO Mark Scheme where all environmental products are categorized conforming to the basic requirements under Indian Standards. 

Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme

The ISI mark for overseas applicants or manufacturers is specially designed and granted under a separate scheme within 6 months period. In the year 2000 the concept of Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS) was introduced by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) with the aim to enable the overseas applicants or foreign manufacturers so that they too can use Standard Mark on their products. A BIS license that falls under this procedure can be obtained in 6 months. 

Registration Procedure for BIS Registration

Licensing Process

In the licensing process, the following steps need to take-

  • There will be an application submission
  • Then the BIS Officer will go for a preliminary Inspection
  • After the Inspection, the samples will be tested 
  • After completing all the evaluation, the final result will be derived

Surveillance Process

After the Inspection Process, the next process is called the surveillance process in which the factory’s complete survey is conducted. The following are the steps taken for the surveillance process-

  • The Inspecting authority will visit the factory and testify it
  • After the testing, the samples were taken
  • The samples will be sent to the Independent labs
  • The test report will brief the complaint or give feedback on the investigation
  • The performance review report will be ready
  • Once the report is reviewed license is granted

BIS Registration Mandatory Products

Not all electronic products or other products need BIS Registration but there are certain products that falls under the mandatory requirement. The list of products is mentioned below-

  • Cement and Concrete
  • Diesel Engines
  • Household electronics
  • Food and related products
  • Oil Pressure Stoves
  • Automobile Accessories
  • Steel products
  • Wood Products
  • Leather Product
  • Cylinders, valves, and Regulators
  • Medical Equipment
  • Electrical Transformers
  • Testing instruments
  • Rubber and plastic
  • Machinery and equipment

Validity for BIS Registration

The BIS Registration will be valid for two years and can be renewed if the product and the standard are not changed. License renewal is done for the minimum period of one year and maximum up to five years. Though, the renewal depends on the annual license fee and advance minimum marking fee. In case the application for renewal is made after the validity of the license, the applicant has to pay late fee of rupees five thousand.

What is Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS)?

On October 2012, the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology came with an order that says no one is allowed to manufacture or store certain goods. It issued “Electronics and Information Technology Goods (requirement for Company Registration) Order, 2012 and has given 15 categories of electronic products that are exempted from sale, import or distribution. Notify goods do not comply with the Indian Standards. Thus, it is essential for the manufacturer of the listed electronic products to apply for BIS registration by following the prescribed procedure:

  • Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) at that point enrols the manufacturers under its registration scheme.
  • The enlisted makers are permitted to declare that their products agree to the prescribed Indian Standards.
  • The registered manufacturers then have the authority to mention that their products use the Standard Mark notified by the Bureau.
  • Provisions of Chapter IVA of BIS Rules 1987, regulates Compulsory Registration Scheme.

Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) has expanded its list by adding 50 more products, all these products fall under the category of products that need Compulsory Registration.

Who can apply?

  • Manufacturers of the products notified in the scheme which is located in India or outside India.
  • The separate Registration number for products being manufactured at different locations.
  • The separate Registration number for each brand being manufactured at the same location.

Frequently Asked Questions

BIS certification is encouraged by the government for the following purposes:

  • For providing a safeguard to the public health;
  • For providing quality assurance;
  • For protecting the consumer from hazardous products;
  • For promoting consumer confidence

As of April 2018, 116 of such products have been notified, in following groups:

  • 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

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on 3 Oct 2012, gave "Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012" with a rundown of 15 categories of hardware items. According to the Order, no individual is permitted to produce or store the told merchandise available to be purchased or import or sell or convey the advised products, which don't agree to the Indian Standards.

  • Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) at that point enrols the manufacturers under its registration scheme.
  • The enlisted makers are permitted to declare that their products agree to the prescribed Indian Standards.
  • The registered manufacturers then have the authority to mention that their products use the Standard Mark notified by the Bureau.
  • Provisions of Chapter IVA of BIS Rules 1987, regulates Compulsory Registration Scheme.
  • Every application under the plan of Ecomark will be went with a duplicate every one of the accompanying reports :

    1. Consent/environmental clearance certificate from the concerned State Pollution Control Board.

    2. Small scale businesses enlistment authentication if the application is from a little scope unit who wants to benefit the concessional pace of checking expense for the unit for the little scope part. This declaration might be given either by the workplace of the Development Commissioner, Small-scale Industries, or Industries Department of the concerned State Government.

  • If the candidate unit as of now holds a legitimate BIS certification mark permit for an item and wants to get the new item secured under the Scheme of Ecomark, at that point the candidate has made a particular solicitation to the Bureau which will make appropriate strides.
  • Under the Scheme, a solitary imprint will be the blend of the ISI Mark and the Eco-logo.
  • The criticism got from customer discussions/associations are likewise considered in surveying the exhibition of the licensee of the Eco Mark
  • Manufacturers of the products notified in the scheme which is located in India or outside India.
  • The separate Registration number for products being manufactured at different locations.
  • The separate Registration number for each brand being manufactured at the same location.

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