BIS Certification

Bureau of Indian Standards

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Overview of BIS Certification

BIS is a national body to grant Certification on the standard and quality of products. It is considered a mark of trust for the consumers. A standard mark on a product is an assurance of its Conformity to the specifications laid down by the Bureau. The BIS certification is optional, but the government, in the interest of Public Health and its safety, has made the certification/registration of certain products mandatory to protect Indian consumers from spurious and substandard products. It has raised the competitiveness of domestic manufacturers and provided Indian consumers with the opportunity to enjoy quality goods of world-class standard. It further aims to prevent the dumping of substandard goods in India.
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Types of BIS certification

1. Scheme I/ISI certification/Compulsory certification
Scheme I/ISI certification/Compulsory certification is commonly called Compulsory Certification. The manufacturer of the products covered under Compulsory Certification must apply for a grant of license to use the standard mark on their products. The applicant could be a domestic entity or a foreign entity. The procedure for grant of compulsory Certification is provided under Scheme I of Schedule II of BIS (conformity assessment) regulations, 2018
2. Scheme II/ Compulsory registration scheme
Under this Scheme license to use or apply a Standard Mark, through Registration based on self-declaration of conformity, may be granted by the Bureau for products manufactured in a manufacturing premise, which conforms to every requirement of the standard laid down for that product by the Bureau. BIS operates a Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) for Electronics & IT Goods for the product categories notified by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology. It aims to provide momentum to the rapidly expanding sector of electronics.
3. Scheme III/Management Systems Certification-Scheme III/Management Systems Certification
Under this scheme Bureau grants a licence to use a Standard Mark or certificate of conformity for management systems as per Indian Standards for products/services/ processes/activities for a unit operating in a particular premise. The unit could be a factory or office. Standard Mark for different Management Systems are as under:
HACCP-IS 15000, SAMS-IS 16001,
FSMS-IS/ISO 22000, EMS-IS/ISO 14001,
SQMS-IS 15700, OHSMS-IS 18001,
MDMS-IS/ISO 13485, EnMS-IS/ISO 50001
4. Scheme IV/ Certificate of conformity
It is provided under the Bureau of Indian standards (conformity assessment) regulation 2018 (Scheme IV Schedule II). Manufacturers of the products covered under Compulsory Certification are required to apply for a certificate of conformity per the procedure laid down in the Scheme.” Conformity assessment” means that the product (article, process, system, service, person or body ) can demonstrate that it complies with all the requirements that may be specified relating to that product.
5. Scheme - V/Conformity assessment scheme for Grant of certificate of conformity for a batch or lot of goods and articles
Under this Scheme Bureau grants a certificate of conformity to a person for a batch or lot of goods or articles, from now on referred to as products, conforming to specified requirements given in standard or part of standard or essential requirements, as applicable.
6. Scheme - VI/Conformity assessment scheme for Grant of certificate of conformity for services
Under this Scheme Bureau grants a certificate of conformity to an organization providing service to a person or an organization on demonstration of service and provision of services to the specified requirements.
7. Scheme - VII/Conformity assessment scheme for grant of certificate of conformity for type approval of goods and articles
Under this Scheme, the Bureau grants a certificate of conformity to a person for type approval of goods or articles, after this called products, based on design review or type testing. The right-to-use certificate may indicate that products manufactured with similar material, design and process under the manufacturer’s quality assurance system meets the specified requirements indicated in the certificate. There are products which require compulsory certification under Scheme I, Scheme II and Scheme IV of BIS.

Who may Apply under BIS certification?

Only the manufacturer of a finished product has to apply for BIS certification for products. The BIS certification is based on the manufacturing location. Thus, if a manufacturer manufactures several products at multiple factories, it must file a separate application for each product for every factory location.

Essential requirement to apply for BIS certification:

The manufacturer must possess the following to apply for BIS certification/Licence:
  1. Manufacturing infrastructure,
  2. Process controls,
  3. Quality control and
  4. Testing facility at the factory, third party laboratory testing or a combination of both.
The Bureau grants the licence based on successful assessment of the above factors through the factory visit after ascertaining the conformity of the product to relevant Indian standards.

The benefit of BIS certification:

The BIS certification/ registration is mandatory for notified products and optional for other products. But most manufacturers opt for BIS certification due to the benefits of it. The significant benefits of BIS certification are as under:
  1. It is a certificate of quality assurance and ensures safety.
  2. It builds consumer trust in the product and, in turn, increases sales.
  3. It allows the manufacturer to use standardized ISI on their products
  4. BIS certification is mandatory for certain products to ensure consumer safety from counterfeiting.
  5. It enables the manufacture of the products covered under compulsory Certification to sell and market their products.
  6. It leads to optimum use of resources reducing wastages and minimising the cost of production.
  7. It gives a competitive edge over other manufacturers selling products without BIS certification.
  8. It simplifies the comparison of products and services.
  9. It conserves resources and reduces impact on the environment.
  10. It improves the process and makes them more efficient.

Frequently Asked Questions

BIS Licence means a licence granted under Section 13 of BIS Act 2016 to use a specified Standard Mark on any goods or article which conforms to a standard.
A standard that is established and published by BIS (the National Standards Body) for any good, process, system or service is an Indian Standard.

A manufacturer must apply for a licence to use the standard marks on the products under compulsory certification in BIS Act, 2016 or other Acts. Search for the list of products covered under the compulsory certification at the link –

Generally, the Indian standards are formulated and revised by BIS through consensus in technical committees. BIS licensees can participate in this process by becoming technical committee members. They may send comments to the concerned technical department through mail/BIS website. But, only some other dedicated standards bodies and Ministries/Departments and Regulators in India also develop Standards in their specific domains.

There are a few other dedicated standards bodies and Ministries/Departments and Regulators in India that also develop Standards in their specific domains, such as:

  1. Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC) in the telecommunications sector
  2. Indian Road Congress (IRC) in the area of roads and bridges
  3. Directorate of Standardization, Ministry of Defence for defence standards
  4. Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) for standardization of railway equipment & applications
  5. Automobile Research Association of India (ARAI) for automotive industry standards
  6. Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI) for telecom/ICT products & services standards.
  7. Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for standards on food safety
    Indian Road Congress (IRC) in the area of roads and bridges
  8. Central Pollution Control Board [CPCB] for standards on the emission or discharge of environmental pollution
  9. Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) for safety requirements & guidance for utilities and users of atomic energy
  10. Directorate of Marketing Inspection (DMI) for grading standards of agricultural commodities
  11. Central Drugs Standards Control Organization [CDSCO] the standards for drugs and medical devices

To check whether the BIS licence number is genuine, you take the IS No and the licence number marked on the product or the packaging. You can verify the licence number marked on the product from the following link

The scope of the licence provides the details of the product and its varieties on which the standard mark can be used. No, BIS grants one licence for one product/one Indian Standard; however, the licence may cover more than one grade/size/variety specified/covered in the standard. The products and their varieties on which Standard Mark can be used are mentioned in the “Scope of licence” granted to you. Manufacturers can only use it for other product varieties covered in the scope.
A manufacturer can change the scope of the licence by including or deleting varieties in the product regarding the standard against which the licence has been granted and as per applicable relevant guidelines.
BIS licence holder is required to inform BIS of its intentions of shifting the factory to a new address with relevant documents for the new premises similar to the documents submitted at the time of application to BIS for grant of licence. The licensee, on its own, shall suspend the use of the Standard Mark under intimation to the Bureau on the relocation of the manufacturing unit to new premises. The Bureau may request the revocation of suspension after verification of the old premises and the production process at the new premises.
BIS carries out surveillance on the licence granted regularly. BIS carries out surprise factory surveillance inspections through a visit to the factory by certification officers of BIS or by personnel of the Agents appointed by BIS and verifies that the conditions of the licence are being complied with by the manufacturer. The samples of ISI-marked products are also drawn from the factory to verify their conformity to relevant ISS through third-party laboratory testing.
BIS also carries out market surveillance by purchasing samples of ISI-marked products to verify the product’s conformity to relevant ISS through third-party laboratory testing.

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