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India BIS certification: Types, Documents Required and Validity

BIS certification



The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in India is the organization that grants BIS certification. The BIS certification signifies a third party, i.e., BIS, guaranteeing to clients the quality, dependability, and safety of any product. The BIS is engaged in a number of activities, such as product certification, standardization, testing, hallmarking, calibration schemes, etc.


Product certification by BIS is optional. However, the Indian government has mandated it for several products in light of public health. According to a government announcement, BIS certification is mandatory for 380 products. The ISI mark (also known as the “standard mark”) may be used on products by license holders thanks to the BIS certification. Products with the ISI (Indian Standards Institution) label are of high quality.


BIS Certification Benefits

The following advantages are offered by the BIS registration:

  • Ensures high levels of quality because goods with a BIS registration must be produced in accordance with specified rules.
  • Ensures the durability and good performance of BIS-certified items by providing authenticity
  • Products that are BIS-certified reduce environmental concerns since BIS has set standards that forbid the use of specific chemicals and materials.
  • After evaluating product samples in BIS-established laboratories, which guarantees quality control and high-quality products, BIS registration is issued.


Types of BIS Certification:


Mandatory Certification (CMC): Certain products, like electrical and electronic goods, are covered under mandatory certification. These products cannot be sold in India without BIS certification.


Voluntary Certification Scheme (VCS): This certification is optional and can be obtained for products that are not covered under the mandatory certification but manufacturers still want to demonstrate their compliance with the Indian standards


According to cleartext.in, there are four types of certification which are listed below: 

Types of BIS Registration Schemes:


  1. ISI Mark Scheme Registration for Domestic Manufacturers: This scheme covers products under the compulsory BIS certification (Scheme-I) and allows manufacturers to register through either the normal or simplified procedure. The normal procedure involves factory evaluation, sample testing, and granting the BIS license within 4-6 months. The simplified procedure grants the BIS license within 30 days and is applicable for certain products, excluding specific categories. 
  2. ECO Mark Scheme Registration: This scheme provides certification for environmentally friendly products. The products meeting environmental criteria and relevant Indian Standards receive the ‘ECO’ logo in addition to the ‘ISI Mark’.
  1. Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS): This scheme is designed for overseas applicants or foreign manufacturers. They can obtain BIS certification for products under the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) and compulsory BIS certification scheme (Scheme-I) by setting up a branch office in India and nominating an agent.
  1. BIS Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS): Introduced by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), this scheme mandates BIS certification for specific electronic and information technology goods. Manufacturers must obtain BIS certification through registration based on self-declaration of conformity.


Validity of BIS Certification:

The BIS certification is typically valid for two years. Manufacturers can renew the certification if there are no changes in the product and prescribed standards, and the renewed certificate is valid for one to five years. Late renewal applications after the expiry period may incur an additional fee of Rs. 5000.


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