Bureau of India Standards (BIS) is the National Standard Body of India established under the BIS Act 2016 for the harmonious development of the activities of standardization, marking and quality certification of goods and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. BIS has been providing traceability and tangibility benefits to the national economy in a number of ways - providing safe reliable quality goods, minimizing health hazards to consumers, promoting exports and imports substitute, control over proliferation of varieties etc. through standardization, certification and testing.
In January 1947, the Indian Standards Institution (ISI), as the then national standards body of India, was registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. Its mandate was to prepare and promote standards for adoption by Indian industry. Later, its mandate was expanded to include Product Certification activity through the Indian Standards Institution (Certification Marks) Act, 1952.
The BIS Act 2016, Rules and Regulations framed there under authorizes BIS to undertake conformity assessment of products, services, systems and processes. Under the Product Certification Scheme - I, BIS grants licence to use the standard mark or grants certificate of conformity as per conformity assessment schemes given in BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018 - Product Certification Scheme for use of ISI Mark. The conformity assessment schemes are laid down in BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018 which are based on principles laid down in IS/ISO/IEC 17067: 2013.
The Product Certification Schemes of BIS aims at providing Third Party assurance of quality, safety and reliability of products to the customer. Presence of BIS certification mark, known as Standard Mark, on a product is an assurance of conformity to the specifications. The manufacturer is permitted to self certify the licenced products after ascertaining its conformity to the Standard. Through its surveillance operations, the Bureau maintains a close vigil on the quality of certified goods. The conformity is ensured by regular surveillance of the licensee’s performance by surprise inspections and testing of samples, drawn both from the market/factory.
The Product Certification Scheme - I covers 354 products in 39 categories, mainly for industrial products and consumer goods, such as household appliances, automotive tires, steel materials and so on. The certification mode is System 5 which means factory audit, sampling, testing and maintenance are required. In addition, in order to protect consumer safety and in accordance with relevant laws and regulations, for certain products, such as gas tanks, pressure regulators and valves, BIS requires each batch of goods to be checked by BIS officials before they are put on the market.
Besides, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has been operating a Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS) since the year 2000 under BIS Act, 2016 and Rules & Regulations framed there under. Under FMCS, license is granted to a Foreign Manufacturer for use of Standard Mark on a product that conforms to an Indian Standard. The Scheme is applicable for grant of license for all products except Electronics & IT Goods notified by MeitY. The licence is granted by Foreign Manufacturers Certification Department (FMCD) located at BIS Headquarters, New Delhi.
BIS is also operating a Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) for Electronics & IT Goods for the product categories notified by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY). According to the mandatory registration requirements decree issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the Ministry of New Energy and Renewable Energy (MNRE), CRS now covers 63 electronic products, 5 photovoltaics and 8 low-voltage switchgear and controlgear. For CRS registration, manufacturers need to conduct product testing in BIS recognized Indian laboratories, and register with BIS before using CRS labels on products.
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The application shall be made in the Form-V as specified in BIS conformity assessment regulations 2018 - Scheme I. ATIC will support manufacture for preparing and submit Form-V
The Bureau grants a license only based on successful assessment of the manufacturing infrastructure, production process, quality control and testing capabilities of a manufacturer through a visit to its manufacturing premises. ATIC will prepare the visit plan and follow up the factory visit
Conformity of the product to the relevant standard(s) is established through third party laboratory testing or testing in the manufacturing premises or a combination of both. ATIC will prepare testing plan and follow up the testing
Grant of License
Process of grant of license is expected to be completed within certain days from the date of receipt of the application if factory visit is satisfactory and conformance of sample to the relevant Indian Standard(s) is established at the first instance
The application shall be made in the Form-VI and Authorized Indian Representative (AIR) been nominated under support of ATIC experts
Testing plan shall be made and samples sent to India recognized laboratories. ATIC will follow up testing and reports
ATIC support manufactures submit documentation and testing reports to BIS
BIS review all the documents submitted, once all documentation satisfied registration will be approved. The registration is valid for 2 years after which can be renewed
ATIC support manufactures to fill-up the prescribed Application Form along with necessary documentation. Nominate an Authorized Indian Representative (AIR) using prescribed Nomination Form
ATIC will follow up the travel plan for the factory visit, visit will be paid to the factory location to carryout verification of manufacturing & testing infrastructure and drawal of samples for independent testing
Testing samples will be delivered to Indian recognized laboratories, tests will be performed and reports will be prepared and submit to BIS
Grant of License
BIS will scrutinize the application and queries, if any, will be communicated by email. Once queries are satisfactorily met and application is complete, it will be recorded. Licence would be initially granted for not less than one year and up to two years which would be further renewable up to five years
Other Key Points
- Certificate Contract
- Application Forms - Product Drawings - Information sheet - QMS documents
Additional requirements for Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS):
The foreign manufacturers, who are having their factory location outside India, can apply under FMCS. Features of FMCS different from Indian manufacturers are as follows: 1) Applicant has to submit application form and other requisite documents in duplicate (presently, hard copies to be submitted) as per option 1 only. 2) All foreign manufacturers are considered as ‘Large Scale’ as per FMCS norms. 3) Nomination of Authorized Indian Representative (AIR) by foreign manufacturers (Applicants and licensee)
Authorized Indian Representative (AIR) by foreign manufacturers (Applicants and licensee):
For nominating an AIR, the applicant shall ensure the following: a) AIR shall be an Indian resident. b) AIR is representative of one manufacturing firm only and doesn’t represent other foreign manufacturer(s) as AIR under the BIS Conformity Assessment schemes. However, in case of foreign manufacturers belonging to one group of companies and importers (related to the foreign manufacturer) nominated as AIR, the restriction shall not be applicable. c) AIR(s) shall not have any conflict of interest with respect to their role as AIR with testing of sample(s) in third party laboratories. d) AIR(s) shall be preferably at least graduate by qualification and shall understand the provisions of BIS Act, 2016 and rules, regulations framed thereunder and the implications thereof. e) AIR(s) shall declare his/her consent to be responsible for compliance of the BIS Act, Rules, Regulations and Terms & Conditions as laid down in BIS Licence, Agreement, Undertaking etc. executed by or on behalf of the foreign manufacturer in connection with grant and operation of licence. f) The name of AIR(s) is endorsed in the licence document.
- Manufacture or Factory
- AIR(s) in case of Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS)
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