As per the statistical data for the financial year 2021, the sale of two-wheelers hit 15.12 million units. Thus creating a large market for helmet manufacturers to get profitable sales. The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has passed the notification that all two-wheeler helmets must be BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) certified and should carry the ISI Mark by 1st June 2021. As per the new notification, the BIS ISI Certification helmets will be allowed to be sold in the Indian market. This step is to minimise & eventually eradicate the sale of low-quality helmets and improve their safety. The new norms have replaced the earlier notification, which came into effect in 2018 and stated the weight of a two-wheeler helmet should not exceed 1.2 kg. However, one part of the notification also noted the government wanted to lower the weight of the tow-wheeler helmet to 1200 grams. That led to a big hue & cry as it meant that almost every imported full-face helmet would not be permitted to be sold in the Indian market, which did not carry the ISI mark & weight considerably more than the allowed limit. The revised norms allow the sale of imported two-wheeler helmets if the helmet complies with Indian Standards & certification criteria. Most high-quality two-wheelers imported helmets comply with several International standards like ECE & DOT, and they can be sold in the Indian market. In this blog, we know How to start a BIS Certified Helmet Business in India.
What is the BIS Certified Helmet?
Two-wheeler Helmets are under the mandatory Indian Standards; IS4151. The BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) under the Gazette of India has implemented an order for the raw materials and the construction of the BIS Certified Helmet for the safety of the bikers or the riders.
Advantages of BIS Certified Helmet
Following are the benefits of BIS Certified Helmet in India:
- It improves the customers’ satisfaction.
- The label ensures that every customer receives high-quality products.
- It aids the owners of products in expanding the horizons of their business.
- If consumers are unsatisfied with the product quality, the company selling a product will switch to a new one.
- If a consumer suspects that a product with an ISI is of low quality, customers may take legal action against the product manufacturer.
Type of BIS Certification Schemes Applicable on a Helmets
The ISI & FMCS are two BIS Certification schemes applied to the helmet. As their form specifies, the ISI (Indian Standard Institution) applies to the Indian manufacturer; on the contrary, FMCS (Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme) applies to Foreign manufacturers.
- ISI Mark Certification: ISI Mark confirms which product has met the safety standards, thus ensuring that a product accepts by establishing Indian Standards. Hence, providing ISI marks to manufacturers includes activities like product analyses, product sample testing, factory inspection, etc.
- FMCS Certification: FMCS confirms which product manufactured in a foreign country meets Indian Standards. Like the ISI mark, FMCS is an obligatory requirement to distribute or sell helmets in the Indian market. And also includes product analyses, product testing and more to obtain.
Documents required for the BIS Certified Helmet
Following are the vital documents required to state the BIS Certified Business in India:
- A copy of the company registration certificate.
- Details of the Directors of the company.
- Insurance policy
- Copy of bank statement
- Rent agreement if the property is rented
- List of Manufacturing machinery
- Tax receipt of property
- Water tax receipt and electricity bill
- Voter ID Card
- Copy of product test report
Procedure to get state BIS Certified Helmet Business in India
The ISI & FMCS are two BIS Certification schemes applied to a helmet in India. We see them one by one in both procedures.
ISI Certification Process
- Documentations: Prepared all the vital documents before filling out the application.
- Filling the application Form: Fill out the application, submit all the required documents, and pay the certification fees and other procedures.
- Factory inspection will be conducted: BIS Officer and BIS authorised team will visit manufacturing premises. And take some product samples for testing.
- Test of product samples: The product sample is tested by BIS authorised Laboratory.
- Examination of Product test report: The BIS officer and inspection team verify the test report and other documents. A review of the test report and other documents sent the test report to BIS.
- ISI Mark certification granted: After all processes are completed, the BIS is issued ISI Certification for your product.
FMCS Certification Process
- Submission of application: Fill out the application and submit all the required documents. And submit the requisite fee for the process to obtain certification.
- Factory inspection will be conducted: The BIS Officer and inspection team visit the factory premises for inspection or manufacturing process of the product. And take some products as a sample for testing.
- Test of product samples: After the inspection of the factory, the product sample tested in BIS authorised Laboratory.
- Payment of license fee advance minimum marking fee: Before granting a license, an applicant must pay a license fee and advance minimum marking fee.
- Payment of performance bank guarantee & issuance of certification: Once the payment has been made, an agreement & indemnity bond will be signed, & USD dollar 10,000 Performance bank guarantee must be immediately furnished after a license grant.
- The agreement & indemnity bond will be signed: The FMCS Certificate will be issued if the product complies with BIS Standards.
The Indian government’s new regulations prohibiting non-ISI helmets would increase demand for organised helmet makers. Overall, it appears that the Indian helmet manufacturing industry has a very bright future and will continue to attract new start-ups in the years to come.
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