Bureau of Indian standards was established in 1986 empowered through Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986. It formulates product standards which are to be complied with. After testing of the products if the bureau is satisfied BIS Certificate is issued. The government has notified a list of products for which BIS certification is mandatory. This was done with an objective of maintaining public health, safety, and environmental protection. In this article, we will discuss the BIS registration Process.
What is the Operating Principle of Bureau?
The Bureau provides a kind of third-party verification giving assurance of products quality and reliability. BIS certification is granted through an impartial, non-discriminatory and transparent manner. Different Certification schemes are specified by the Bureau which we will discuss in this article. These schemes are operated through a 34 Branch Offices set up in major industrial towns and state capitals. Work done by these branch offices is overseen by 5 Regional Offices.
In India, different BIS certification Schemes are established based on manufacturers. They are listed below:
I. For Domestic Manufacturers
For domestic manufacturers two options are available for BIS Certification, they are;
1. Normal Procedure:
Under domestic manufacture certification scheme normal procedure applicant is required to submit an application to the concerned officer of the jurisdiction the manufacturing unit is located in. Once the application is recorded, factory evaluation is carried out by the BIS officers. The entire procedure is expected to be completed and license will be issued within 4 to 6 months.
2. Simplified Procedure:
To simplify the procedure and pace up the process of BIS registration a simplified procedure is approved by the Bureau. Under this scheme is applications are to be submitted along with a self-evaluation cum verification report. Through the simplified scheme, the license can be acquired in around 30 days. Only applications for the first license in India can be applied through a simplified procedure. Following is a list of products for which BIC certification cannot be applied through the simplified procedure;
· Packaged Drinking water and packaged natural Mineral water.
· Products for which factory testing is mandatory.
· Any other product for which joint inspection/ approval is required from BIS as well as any other statutory body. For Example cement, cylinders, valves etc.
II. For Foreign Manufactures
Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS) was first introduced in the year 2000 by the Bureau of India Standards. Under this scheme, an application can be submitted for certification by overseas applicants including foreign manufacturers for their products that will be sold in the Indian Market. BIS certification under this scheme can be acquired in around six months.
III. For Manufacturers of Environment-Friendly Products
In the current market, many manufacturers are aiming for organic products. For such products, certification application is required to be applied through the Eco Mark Scheme. For this basic requirement stated under Indian Standards are to be met with.