An overview of the Bureau of Indian Standards The Indian Standard Institute (ISI) was formed in...
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) – the National Standards Body of India was
Till date, there are about 136 such products that have been identified for compulsory ISI registration. Products include – cement, LPG cylinders and valves, automobile tyres, kitchen appliances, wiring cables, electric motors and other electrical appliances etc. These products cannot be sold or commercially distributed, imported or exported without the ISI Certification in India. The proof of having obtained the ISI certification is that the product is required to bear the ISI Mark which is a guarantee that the product conforms to the corresponding Indian Standards developed by BIS. Other than these identified and listed products, manufacturers of all other types of products in India could apply for voluntary BIS certification and use the ISI Mark.
However, in 2012, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) issued a notification that listed about 15 products that needed mandatory BIS registration before being sold, distributed or stored for sale in the country. Such products were classified under the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) Scheme – II. The difference between certification of these electronic and IT related products and ones listed by the Ministry of Public Affairs, Food & Public Distribution was – the former products were classified under the Scheme – I of CRS and required the ISI Mark as a proof of being registered whereas these products required to bear the Standard Mark as a proof of certification and conformance to the relevant Indian Standard.
Later the Ministry revised the list to include 15 more products in 2014 and 13 additional products in 2017. In 2017 the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy passed an order to include 6 products related to photovoltaic equipment for compulsory registration under Scheme – II.
4 important points that need to be noted about CRS are: –
Let us discuss in detail the BIS registration process, the applicable fees and the documents required to get two products-cash registers and copying machines/duplicators registered with BIS under CRS Scheme-II.
Both these product types are governed by the Indian Standard number IS 13252(Part 1):2010* called the Information Technology Equipment Safety: General Requirements. Whether it is an Indian manufacturer or foreign based, in order to manufacture, store for sale, import, sell or distribute such products within the geographical boundaries of the country, the manufacturer needs to first get his product tested at a BIS-approved lab and then apply for BIS certification. The lab tests whether the manufacturer’s product conforms to the laid down safety standards in the IS 13252(Part 1):2010*. The scope of the standard, however, does not cover the functional and performance aspects of the equipment. The primary objective of the standard is to reduce risks pertaining to different kinds of identified hazards to the user of these equipment as well as servicing personnel.
The registration process for the products mentioned above includes the following steps:-
The first step is for the manufacturer to contact an authorized lab from BIS-approved list of labs in the country and send his sample product for testing for conformance. He is also required to deposit the requisite lab fees for getting the test done. The lab takes about 15 days to generate the test report.
Once the test report is received, the manufacturer or his authorized applicant needs to apply online for BIS certification. Form VI needs to be filled in online at https://www.crsbis.in/BIS/login.do.
The government fees need to be deposited online via NEFT or via a Demand Draft. Details of the lab fee and the government costs have been mentioned below.
There is a list of mandatory documents that the applicant needs to upload online so that the application can be processed for BIS registration. The test report needs to be uploaded too.
After online submission of the application form, fees, and documents, the same needs to be sent to the headquarters of the Bureau in New Delhi within 15 days of submission of the form online.
The concerned department of BIS now reviews and inspects the entire application form in detail. Different queries are raised, and they might even ask for additional documents. There might be shortcomings in the application all of which needs to be answered by the applicant appropriately.
Once the documents and processes are found to be satisfactory by the Bureau, it goes ahead with certifying the product. The status is uploaded online. Once registered, the manufacturer needs to ensure that the product and the packaging bear the Standard Mark before being launched and sold in the market.
BIS Certification cost has two distinct components to it – the lab fees and the government fees. Details as below –
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Here is a checklist of the essential documents without which the application forBIS registrationis considered incomplete.
In order to get a product ISI certified, manufacturers of such products need to bear theISI Certification cost. This typically includes – Application fees, testing charges, factory audit charges by BIS officials, annual license fee and performance bank guarantee.
2. What are the guidelines for the Standard Mark?
The labeling specifications pertaining to Standard Mark is as mentioned below-
3. What is the renewal process of the certificate?
The BIS certification is valid for a period of two years from the date of registration. It needs to be renewed once every two years. The renewal process needs to start at least a month prior to the expiry of the current certificate. The process is as follows –
4. What needs to be done by the applicant before applying online for BIS registration?
5. How does BIS start with the scrutiny of my application form?
The Bureau works on a first come first basis. Hence forms that reach first are scrutinized before others.
6. Are scanned and stamped hard copies accepted by BIS?
No. The Bureau accepts hard copies that are signed by ink by the authorized signatory only. Signature stamped and scanned copies are notified as shortcomings. A point worth noting here is that a technical person might need to give a demo of the product and give clarifications too if asked for.
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