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The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the nodal body in India for developing standards applicable to products being manufactured and sold in India. It is also responsible for issuing BIS Certification and implementation of these standards and certifying products that meet the specified standards. The objective is simple – to ensure that the Indian public gets to consume and use products that are safe and reliable and are up to certain defined standards.
The Bureau was set up in 1986 before which the Institute responsible for standardization in India was the Indian Institute of Standards (ISI). The BIS is headquartered at New Delhi with regional offices at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, and Chandigarh, and about 20 branch offices spread across the country.
BIS registration is a voluntary process wherein manufacturers can apply to the Bureau to get their products certified so that consumers readily accept the products thereby creating a competitive edge for the brand.
The government of India has made it mandatory for certain products to be registered with BIS keeping in mind public health and safety. Under the 0 (CRS) manufacturers of such products can neither manufacture nor sell, distribute, export, import or store for sale such products without the mandatory BIS certification and Standard Mark.
The CRS has two parts to it –
Under Scheme-I, there are about 136 identified products that need to bear the ISI Mark so that the manufacturers of such products – Indian as well as foreign manufacturers – are able to commercially sell and distribute them in the Indian market. In this case, the manufacturers need to obtain ISI registration and go through the mandatory process of ISI certification. The broad product categories include –
The ISI certification process under normal procedure is a long-drawn process which takes about 4 – 6 months to come through and under the simplified process takes about a month to complete. The manufacturer needs to pay the required ISI Mark Certification costs along with the application, necessary documents, and test reports so that the Bureau starts the process of ISI registration.
Under Scheme – II, there are about 42 electronic and Information Technology related equipment and about 6 photovoltaic equipment and components that have been identified for mandatory BIS registration. The products that feature in the compulsory listing under Scheme – II of CRS include –
Today we will study in-depth the process for obtaining BIS certification for two highlighted products from the list above-Passport Readers and Point of Sale Terminals.
Step No. 1 – Testing of the sample. The manufacturer or the applicant first need to send a sample of his product for testing to a BIS Approved lab in the country and submit the lab fees. The objective is to have the sample tested for conformance to the above-mentioned standard. The lab generates a test report usually within 15 days of submission of the sample.
Step No. 2 – Apply online. The applicant now needs to register at CRSBIS to complete the application process. Completed Form VI with the signature of the applicant needs to be uploaded online.
Step No. 3 – Submit documents. Upload online all the required documents as per the list mentioned in the next segment.
Step No. 4 – Pay the fees. Submit the required government fees or the BIS certification costs online via NEFT. There is also the option of making payments via Demand Draft.
Step No. 5 – Sending the hard copy. After successful online submission, the hard copies of the Form along with the documents, Test report in original and proof of submission of fees needs to be submitted at the BIS head office within 15 days. It is essential that the copies reach within the stipulated time else the application is rejected and the manufacturer needs to reapply.
Step No. 6 – Bureau scrutinizes the application. The concerned department of BIS now evaluates the application and documents carefully. It might raise queries and objections to certain shortcomings in the application. All the queries and shortcomings need to be answered by the applicant within the given time-frame. Delays caused on the part of the applicant can hinder the certification process.
Step No. 7 – once the officials are satisfied with answers and reverts gave by the applicant, the product gets certified.
Here is a list of essential documents that are required to be submitted along with Form VI:-
The BIS might ask for additional documents like Critical Components and Materials list, design and layout of the printed circuit board, User manual and other technical specifications like power output, input power, and wattages, etc. which need to be submitted by the applicant.
In order to get the product BIS certified, the manufacturer needs to pay fees towards testing at the lab and also government fees. For the products being discussed here, the fee structure is as follows:-
|S. No.||Product||Lab Fees (Rs.)||Government Fees (Rs)|
|1.||Passport Readers||40, 000||53, 000|
|2.||Point of Sale Terminals||40, 000||53, 000|
These are people or organizations that provide support to manufacturers in getting their product registered with BIS. They are also called BIS certification consultants who charge a consultancy fee to get the process done. The reason why manufacturers hire the services of consultants are – (1) to take care of the detailed paperwork that is required to be done and need expertise, (2) to ensure that each step in the certification process is completed with accuracy so that there is no wastage of time and money, (3) to ensure that the BIS registration is done in a timely manner. Leading and well-known BIS certification agents charge approximately Rs.25, 000/- per product for their services.
2. What is the proof that a product listed under CRS is BIS registered?
The proof is the Standard Mark on the product and its outer packaging. This mark consists of a clearly defined monogram, the IS number and the manufacturer’s BIS registration number. All products that are listed under the CRS Scheme – II are required to have this mark printed or embossed before being sold or distributed in the market.
3. What is the proof that a product is listed under CRS Scheme – I?
Products that are classified under CRS Scheme – I am required to bear the ISI Mark on a mandatory basis. Even the packaging is required to carry the ISI Mark.
4. Is there any specific rule pertaining to the Business License of the manufacturer that is to be submitted along with the Form?
Yes. The Business License needs to be issued by the MCA or the Registrar’s office. The words ‘manufacturing’ or ‘production’ needs to be mentioned clearly on the Business License. A license without either of these of two words is not acceptable for obtaining BIS certification.
5. Is the Certificate valid for a lifetime?
No. BIS Certificate is valid for a period of two years only and needs to be renewed every two years. The ideal way is to apply for renewal at least one month in advance. The renewal form along with the requisite fees and few mandatory documents need to be submitted online for renewal. The test report is usually not required to be re-submitted until and unless there have been modifications in the product or there have been amendments in the particular Indian Standard.
6. What are some common shortcomings in the application?
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