Overview of BIS Certification The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is a government-backed National Standard Body of India that regulates the Conformity Assessment, Quality Assurance and Standardisation of products, services, processes and systems in India. This body lays down the Indian standards, which form the basis of various certification schemes facilitating third-party assurance of quality, safety and reliability of the products to the consumers. What are the major activities that BIS undertakes? Following are the activities that the BIS undertakes: Formulating Standards; Developing Registration Schemes; Granting of Certifications; Other I-Care Activities; International coordination; Training and consumer awareness. Objectives of BIS Some of the main objectives of BIS are as follows: To continuously develop and formulate standards, quality certification and marking of products, services, systems and processes To develop a seamless development of a national strategy for recognition of standards and sync them with the development and export of products. To give proper emphasis to quality control and standardisation. Benefits of Obtaining Certification The major benefits that can be accrued from BIS certification are as follows: It helps in the Total Quality Management of the products, i.e. TQM It opens the floodgates of global recognition and allows domestic manufacturers to access the untapped overseas market. It serves as solid evidence of the product quality Allows the management to establish customised quality management Aids the business in improving its reputation over a period of time It ensures that proper utilisation of resources takes place It permits the manufacturer to get rid of the overhead expenses in the manufacturing of the final product Products under Compulsory Certification You must know that BIS certification is voluntary in nature. However, the Central Government has made obtaining BIS certification compulsory for certain products due to specific considerations, viz. protection of human, plant and animal health, public interest, the safety of environment, national security and prevention of unfair trade practices. For these products, the Central Government has made compulsory use of Standard Mark under a license or Certificate of Conformity (CoC) from BIS through the issuance of Quality Control Orders (QCOs). Products covered under Scheme – I (ISI Mark Scheme) Cement (any variety, whether manufactured or sold in India) Household Electrical Goods Batteries Food and Related Products Oil Pressure Stoves Automobile Accessories Cylinder, Valves and Regulators Medical Equipment Steel and Iron Products Electrical Transformers Electrical Motors Capacitors Chemicals, Fertilisers, Polymers and Textiles Kitchen Appliances Domestic Water Heaters for use with LPG Air Conditioner and its related Parts, Hermetic Compressor and Temperature Sensing Controls Plugs and Socket-Outlets and Alternating Current Direct Connected Static Payment Meters for Active Energy Domestic Gas Stoves for use with LPG Transparent Float Glass Domestic Pressure Cooker Cables Rubber Hose for LPG Aluminium Foil Non-Electric Toys Electric Toys Flat Transparent Sheet Glass Safety Glass Woven Sacks Butterfly Valves Reflectors for Bicycles Paper Cattle Feeds Automobile Wheel Rim Component Foot Wear Press Tool-Punches Helmet for riders of Two Wheeler Motor Vehicles Refrigeration Appliances Centrifugal cast (Spun) iron pipes Flux Cored (Tubular) Electrodes Sewing Machine Water Treatment System Jute Bag Products covered under Scheme – II (Registration scheme) List of Electronics and IT Goods under ‘Compulsory Registration Scheme’ for Self Declaration of conformity-Notified by Ministry Of Electronics And Information Technology Electronic Games (Video) Laptop/Notebook/Tablets Plasma/ LCD/LED Televisions of screen size 32″ & above Optical Disc Players with built-in amplifiers of input power 200W and above Microwave Ovens Visual Display Units, Video Monitors of screen size 32″ & above Printers, Plotters Scanners Wireless Keyboards Telephone Answering Machines Amplifiers with input power 2000W and above Electronic Musical Systems with input power 200W and above Electronic Clocks with Mains Powers Set-top box Automatic Data Processing Machine Power Adaptors for IT Equipments Power Adaptors for Audio, Video & Similar Electronic Apparatus UPS/Invertors of rating≤5kVA AC or DC Supplied Electronic Control gear for LED Modules Sealed Secondary Cells/Batteries containing Alkaline or other non-acid Electrolytes for use in portable applications Self-Ballasted LED Lamps for General Lighting Services Fixed General Purpose LED Luminaries Mobile phones Cash Registers Point of Sale Terminals Copying Machines/Duplicators Smart Card Mail Processing Machines/Postage Machines/Franking Machines Passport Reader Power Banks for use in portable applications Recessed LED Luminaries LED Luminaires for Road and Street lighting LED Flood Lights LED Hand Lamps LED Lighting Chains LED Luminaires for Emergency Lighting UPS/Inverters of rating ≤ 10kVA Plasma/ LCD/LED Television of screen size up to 32" Visual Display Units, Video Monitors of screen size up to 32" CCTV Cameras/CCTV Recorders Adapters for household and similar electrical appliances USB driven Barcode readers, barcode scanners, Iris scanners, Optical fingerprint scanners Smart Watches Standalone LED Modules for General Lighting Lighting Chain (Rope Lights) Induction stove Keyboard Automatic Teller Cash dispensing machines USB Type External Hard Disk Drive Wireless Headphones and Earphones USB Type External Solid-State Storage Devices (above 256 GB capacity) Electronic Musical System with input power below 200 Watts Standalone Switch Mode Power Supplies (SMPS)with an output voltage of 48 V (max) Television other than Plasma/ LCD/LED TVs Rice cooker Wireless microphone Digital Camera Video Camera Webcam (Finished Product) Smart Speakers (with and without Display) Dimmers for LED products Bluetooth speakers List of Solar Photovoltaics, Systems, Devices and Components under Compulsory Registration Scheme- Notified by Ministry Of New and Renewable Energy Crystalline Silicon Terrestrial Photovoltaic (PV) modules (Si wafer-based) Thin-Film Terrestrial Photovoltaic (PV) Modules (a-Si, CiGs and CdTe) Power converters used in photovoltaic power system Utility –Interconnected Photovoltaic inverters Storage battery Low – Voltage switchgear and control gear-Notified by the Ministry Of Heavy Industries And Public Enterprises Low – Voltage switchgear and controlgear: Circuit – Breakers Low – Voltage switchgear and controlgear: switches, disconnectors, switch disconnectors and fuse – Combination units Low – Voltage switchgear and controlgear: electromechanical contactors and motor – Starters Low – Voltage switchgear and controlgear: a.c semiconductor motor controllers and starters Low – Voltage switchgear and controlgear: a.c.semiconductor motor controllers and contactors for non – Motor loads Low – Voltage switchgear and controlgear: electromechanical control circuit devices Low – Voltage switchgear and controlgear proximity switches Low – Voltage switchgear and controlgear: electrical emergency stop devices with mechanical latching function List of chemicals notified by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers Ortho Phosphoric Acid Polyphosphoric Acid TrimethylPhosphite Products covered under Scheme – II (Registration scheme) Stampings/laminations/cores of transformers (with or without winding) Requirement of Retro-Reflective Devices for Bicycles necessary papers required for BIS Certification Along with Form V, the following necessary papers are required for BIS Certification: Name and Address Proof of Office (Certificate from Registrar of Firm or Certificate from Directorate of Industries or Certificate from Industries Centre or Memorandum of Articles etc.) Name and Address Proof of Factory (Certificate from Registrar of Firm or Certificate from Directorate of Industries or Certificate from Industries Centre or Memorandum of Articles or Valid Lease deed showing lawful occupancy of the firm over the premises etc.) Valid MSME certificate if applicable Authorised representative letter in case application signed by a person other than the CEO of the firm Manufacturing Process Flow Chart Manufacturing Machinery List Whether any manufacturing operation is outsourced Agreement of outsourcing of manufacturing operation, if applicable Testing equipments list Any testing arrangement outside the factory Valid Calibration certificates of testing equipment In-house test reports Third-party laboratory test reports as per Indian Standards Additional necessary papers prescribed by BIS Self-certified copy of any one of the following necessary papers establishing the Firm: Trade Licence/ Registration with State Government Authority OR Certificate of Registration issued by Registrar of Companies OR Registered Deed of Partnership in case the applicant is a Partnership Firm OR Certificate from a CA if the applicant is a Proprietorship firm Self-certified copy of any one of the following necessary papers authenticating the Firm's premises (not older than 3 months): Trade Licence/ Registration with State Government Authority OR Sales Tax/ VAT registration OR Income Tax Assessment Order OR Insurance Policy OR Property tax receipt OR Rent agreement with last rent receipt OR Sale/ Lease Deed agreement OR Electricity Bill OR Telephone Bill OR Water Bill OR Gas connection OR Bank Statement/Pass Book containing the address of the sales outlet Any one of the following necessary papers as an identity proof of signatory on the Application : Aadhar Card OR Driving Licence OR PAN card OR Voter Identity card OR Passport OR Photo Bank ATM card OR Photo Credit card OR CGHS/ECHS photocard Identity Certificate with photo issued by Gazetted Officer on official letterhead OR Freedom Fighter photo card OR Arms licence OR Pensioner photo card OR Ration/PDS photo card OR Disability ID card/ Handicapped Medical Certificate issued by State Govts OR Photo ID issued by recognised educational institution OR Kissan Photo Pass Book The additional Paper works required to be submitted with the application are as follows: Agreement on non-judicial stamp paper of Rs 100/- in the prescribed format. Location map of premises from some nearest prominent landmark (illustrative only) Certification under the ISI Mark scheme (scheme - I) for domestic manufacturers For products falling under the scheme-I have to adopt the standard procedure to obtain their BIS certification. The applicant must submit an application in Form V, the required necessary papers, and the standard fee in this scheme. Here, the BIS officials will conduct a preliminary factory evaluation, collect samples, test them and generate a testing report. If the product meets the confirmed quality standards, BIS issues the BIS certification/license. Generally, obtaining BIS certification under this scheme takes about four to five months. Certification under Simplified Procedure for Domestic Manufacturers (Tatkal scheme) Under the simplified procedure, an attempt has been made by the government to expedite the process of granting BIS certification. BIS certification under the simplified scheme is provided to the applicant within 30 days of the application submission date. Under the simplified procedure, the applicant is supposed to submit a BIS registration application along with the necessary necessary papers, self-evaluation reports and test reports of the product samples from the BIS-approved labs to the respective BIS officer. If the test reports are submitted to meet the prescribed standards, the BIS officer will verify the factory and issue BIS certification within 30 days of submitting the application. ECO Mark Scheme Under the ECO Mark scheme, BIS certification is issued for environmentally friendly products. In order to obtain an ECO mark from BIS, all the environmental products must conform to the basic requirements under the Indian Standards. The BIS granted an 'ECO' logo and the ISI mark to be placed on the products. The ECO logo and mark indicate that the product meets specific environmental criteria and relevant BIS standards. A single mark is issued to those products, which will be a combination of the ECO logo and ISI mark. The procedure to obtain a BIS certification under the ECO mark scheme is similar to obtaining a BIS license for the domestic manufacturers under the normal and simplified registration procedure. When a manufacturer already holds a valid BIS certification mark for an existing product and wants to obtain a new product covered under the ECO mark scheme, the manager has to make a specific request to the BIS. The BIS shall follow the prescribed steps to issue the BIS certification under the ECO mark scheme. Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS) The BIS grants a BIS certification to overseas applicants or manufacturers under the Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS) within six months. The scheme of FMCS was first introduced in 2000 to enable foreign applicants to obtain and use the ISI mark on their products. This scheme is applicable for issuing certification to all products except for the Electronics and IT goods notified by the MeitY. The license under FMCS is granted by the Foreign Manufacturers Certification Department located at BIS headquarters in New Delhi. BIS Compulsory Certification Scheme The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) rolled out the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) in 2012. The Ministry passed an order which notified 15 categories of Electronic items. Later, a few more electronic and information technology goods were added to the Compulsory Registration Scheme. According to this 2012 Order, no person can manufacture, store or distribute goods for import or sale that do not conform to the Indian Standards specified in the order and bear the standard mark with the BIS certification number. The manufacturers can obtain this number under CRS through registration based on self-declaration of conformity for each product by filing Form-I under smart registration. Hallmarking Hallmarking refers to the accurate determination and official recording of the proportionate content of precious metals in the precious metal articles. Thus, hallmarks act as a guarantee of the purity and fineness of precious metal articles. Hallmarking scheme aims to protect the public against adulteration and to obligate the manufacturers to maintain the legal standards of fineness. In India, only gold and silver have been brought within the ambit of Hallmarking. In order to obtain the hallmark, any jeweller can apply online on the portal to get the registration certificate for selling Gold and Silver Jewellery. This registration certificate is valid for a lifetime. Steps to be followed to obtain BIS Certification You can apply for BIS certification via both online and offline modes. The following instructions are meant for applying via offline mode: Visit the dedicated BIS portal and download the application form Fill in the details accurately and attach the aforementioned necessary papers Submit the application along with the attested Paper works to the BIS office via post On receiving your application, BIS officials will initiate the standard evaluation process After the due verification, the BIS officials will conduct an on-site visit and submit a detailed report. BIS officials then visit your production facility for sample testing. The samples may be tested on-site or via BIS-certified labs depending on the types of products. A detailed report is generated after the due evaluation process, and accordingly, a BIS certificate is issued to the applicant. Validity and Renewal of the BIS Certification The validity of BIS certification is valid for 2 years. The certification holder can renew the license if there has not been any change in the product and the prescribed standards. After renewal, a BIS certificate is valid for one to five years, depending on the product. Enterslicecan provide you with overall advisory and assistance in obtaining BIS certification depending on the type of product you wish to get registered. We also provide end-to-end consultancy for obtaining the BIS certification. We are a team of highly skilled professionals. We offer legal consultancy services too.