The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) – the National Standards Body of India was setup by the...
The purpose behind the setting up of an the existence of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is to provide the Indian public with standardized goods that adhere to required quality levels by issuing BIS Certification. It also tests products and samples and certifies them. It provides for safe and reliable products for use and consumption and exercise control on variants of different products while promoting export and import of products that meet international quality and standards.
Generically speaking, manufacturers of products in India can apply for BIS certification on a voluntary basis except for certain products that are mandatorily required to be registered with the Bureau before being sold, distributed, marketed, imported or exported commercially. These products fall under the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS). The scheme is further sub-divided into two sub-parts – Scheme I or the ISI Mark Scheme and Scheme II also called the Registration Scheme.
The registration under CRS is provided by the Registration Department of BIS that is headquartered in New Delhi while the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is responsible for carrying out surveillance audits of products in the market.
Here we are discussing in detail the method of registration and documents required to get BIS registration of Optical Disc Players with built-in amplifiers of Input 200W and above and Plasma/LCD/LED Televisions of Screen Size 32” and above.
IS 616:2010* defines the safety requirements and standards for all audio, video and similar electronic apparatus that are fed by electric supply from the mains, a supply apparatus, batteries or remote feeding of power. All equipment that are proposed to either generate, record, transmit or reproduce audio and video signals fall within the purview of this standard.
The standard categorically mentions that it pertains only to safety aspects of these equipment and is no way associated with their performance or style. It also applies to apparatus that have a rated supply voltage that does not exceed 250 V AC single phase or DC supply and 433 V in the event the apparatus is connected to any other source of supply other than single phase. The standard is applied for only such equipment that are meant to be used in dry places, places with moderate climatic conditions and are not used at elevations beyond 2000 meters from sea level. The Standard has recently been replaced by the IS 616: 2017.
The checklist of documents that are required for obtaining the certificate include –
BIS might ask for additional information on a case-to-case basis for evaluation of the application.
In order to obtain the certification from the Bureau for their products, manufacturers need to follow the following process-
|S. No.||Product Category||Lab Fees|
|1||Optical Disc Players with built-in amplifiers of Input Power 200 W and above||29,000/-|
|2||Plasma/LCD/LED Televisions of Screen Size 32” and above||40,000/-|
|S. No.||Product Category||Government Fees|
|1||Optical Disc Players with built-in amplifiers of Input Power 200 W and above||53,000/-|
|2||Plasma/LCD/LED Televisions of Screen Size 32” and above||53,000/-|
The registration is usually granted in a span of 20 working days. However, incomplete applications and delayed reverts to queries or shortcomings can result in a delay in granting of the certificate.
The Standard Mark needs to be printed on the product and the packaging after obtaining the BIS certificate. Typically it has three parts to it – the monogram that is a pictorial representation of the Mark; the IS number and the registration number of the manufacturer. There are clear specifications that have been mentioned by the Bureau in this context – the monogram can be reduced or enlarged; it can be in single color or in multiple colors the color scheme of which has been categorically mentioned, and the font and the text size needs to be Arial and more than size 6. In place of the Standard Mark, the Bureau authorizes manufacturers to use the words ‘Self-declaration-Conforming to IS…’.
In either case, the marking needs to be discernible, decipherable, permanent and non-removable.
Since the registration number is linked to the location of the manufacturing unit, the name of the manufacturer, the specific product and the brand, it is the manufacturer who needs to apply for the registration number.
The Bureau has strict rules in this context. Any Test Report older than 90 days will not be accepted for consideration with the application.
The Standard Mark needs to be placed on both, the product and the packaging. However, due to the small size of the product, if it is challenging to place the Mark on the product, then it can be placed on packaging alone. Further, products that have a display screen, e-labeling is permitted too.
Yes. The unique registration number is associated with a single brand; hence multiple brands will require multiple registrations. However, if the product is the same and the manufacturing location is the same too, manufacturers can apply for a common test report for all brands. It is essential in this case that individual model numbers be mentioned in the test report.
Yes. The registration number is unique and is applicable to location-wise. Hence for production at another location, a separate application needs to be submitted to BIS. The same registration procedure will be followed as mentioned above.
The costs are borne by the business entity that is seeking the registration.
Each registration has validity for up to two years post which the certification needs to be renewed. Typically, the application form for renewal along with the required fees needs to be submitted at the BIS head office at least a month prior to the expiry of the current registration.
BIS Certification involves complicated processes and detailed preparations. It requires thorough paperwork and paying attention to minutest details. Hence, the need of the hour is hiring the services of experienced and knowledgeable BIS Certification agents so that the process can be done time efficiently and smoothly within the stipulated period of time. Enterslice, an expert BIS Certification consultant charges nominally for BIS registration.