The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) – the National Standards Body of India was setup by the...
The Indian Standard Institute (ISI) was formed in 1947 with the purpose of ensuring that the Indian public had access to standardized and good quality products. In order to make ISI’s working constitutional in status, the BIS Act 1986 came into being where the ISI was renamed as the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The authority is responsible for assigning BIS Certification.
The objective, other than providing the Institute statutory powers was to help in development of more standards, promotion of these standards, and certification of products and also to set up various quality management systems in accordance with ISO standards.
As part of the product certification process, products need to be tested at BIS approved labs within the country. However, manufacturers of most goods and products in the country can opt for BIS certification on a voluntary basis. Since products registered with BIS bear the stamp of certification, consumers are guaranteed about the safety and the quality of the product when they buy it. This helps create a positive brand image and equity in the market for the manufacturer.
The exceptions to this voluntary certification are certain products identified by the following ministries where the manufacturer needs to obtain the BIS registration on an obligatory basis.
These products that need to bear the BIS registration mark mandatorily fall under the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) of the Bureau. The CRS is divided into two categories –
There are 136 products included under this scheme. As per the rule, manufacturers – Indian or overseas – need to obtain the ISI certification before launching or selling or distributing their products commercially in the Indian market. This has been done keeping in mind the product quality that needs to conform to a certain prescribed standard and specification. ISI registration is a tedious and long-drawn process where the product is tested in-house as well as at a BIS approved lab followed by an audit of the factory premises by BIS officials and submission of ISI certification costs and other required documents.
Product categories identified for ISI certification are:–
|Product categories||Number of Products|
|Electrical household goods||15|
|Food & related products||15|
|Oil pressure stove||13|
|Cylinders, valve, and regulation||15|
|Chemicals and fertilizers||1|
|Domestic Water Heaters for use with LPG||1|
There are about 49 products under this scheme where manufacturers- Indian or otherwise – need to obtain BIS certification before proceeding ahead with sale or distribution of the products in the Indian market.
Products that require mandatory BIS registration are:-
Few noteworthy points about CRS are: –
Our topic of discussion is the BIS registration process for the following two products under Scheme – II of CRS. These are-
|S.N.||Product Name||Applicable Indian Standard|
|1||SELF-BALLASTED LED LAMPS FOR GENERAL LIGHTING SERVICES||IS 16102(Part 1):2012*|
|2||DC OR AC SUPPLIED ELECTRONIC CONTROLGEAR FOR LED MODULES||IS 15885(Part 2/Sec 13):2012*|
Details of the Indian Standards –
Submit a sample of the product at a BIS recognized lab for testing along with the testing fees. The laboratory will take about 15 days to test the sample for conformance and non-conformance aspects and generate the test report.
Sign in at https://www.crsbis.in/BIS/login.do.using your existing User Id and password. New applicants need to first register themselves at the site before proceeding with the application process.
Fill online Form VI.
Make the required payment of government fees via NEFT or Demand Draft.
Upload the required documents (list given below).
After completing the online submission process, the applicant is required to submit the hard copy of the Form, the original test report, acknowledgment of online submission and copies of the other documents to the BIS head office.
After the hard copy is received, BIS officials start with the scrutiny process. The application and the documents are checked thoroughly. In case of queries and shortcomings, the applicant would be required to respond back in the given time frame.
The product is certified only when the documentation and other requirements are fulfilled as per BIS rules and regulations.
|S.No.||Product Name||Lab/Testing Fees||Government Fees|
|1||SELF-BALLASTED LED LAMPS FOR GENERAL LIGHTING SERVICES||Rs. 40, 000/-||Rs. 53, 000/-|
|2||DC OR AC SUPPLIED ELECTRONIC CONTROLGEAR FOR LED MODULES||Rs. 40, 000/-||Rs. 53,000/-|
The list of mandatory documents include –
These are people or agencies that know the process of BIS certification in and out and have been getting products registered for different manufacturing companies and industries for years. They are aware of the updated processes and possess a thorough knowledge of documents that are required for getting products certified by BIS in a timely manner. Hiring BIS certification consultants is a sensible idea because BIS registration can get unnecessarily delayed if steps or documents are not complete as per BIS laid down rules and regulations. Most BIS certifying agents charge a nominal amount for providing consultancy. Some of the leading consultants charge about Rs. 25000/- as consultancy fee on a per product basis.
It is mandatory that the hard copies reach within 15 days of online submission. Else the application is canceled, and the manufacturer needs to re-apply again.
The test report that is submitted along with the application cannot be more than 90 days old at the time of submission.
The certificate is valid for a period of two years. Before the expiry of the current license or registration, it is essential to start the process of renewal of the license. The application for renewal needs to be made through the BIS portal and Form – XII needs to be filled up. Required documents along with the renewal fee also need to be submitted alongside. The license will expire after 90 days from the date of expiry if the renewal application and the fee are not received by the applicant/manufacturer in the interim period.
The first step for a new manufacturer is checked if his product falls under the CRS or not. It is best to hire professional service of BIS certification agents who are well-aware of all details. If the product is listed under the CRS, then the steps for BIS registration mentioned above need to be followed.
Yes. For products under Scheme- II, the product and the packaging need to bear the Standard Mark as proof of conformance. The Standard Mark consists of a monogram, the applicable IS number and the manufacturer’s unique registration number.
For products under Scheme – I of CRS, the product and the packaging need to be stamped with the ISI Mark as proof of ISI certification.
These Marks need to be either printed or embossed or re-printed so that they are always visible and legible.
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