Let's first look at what is BIS Certification?
BIS Certification: Under the BIS Act, 1986, the government of India established the National Indian certification body BIS i.e. Bureau of Indian Standards under the Indian Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Public Distribution. Bureau of Indian Standards is the largest Indian certification body and having an increasingly important role in managing, grading, and standardizing the quality standards of several consumer products. In this role, BIS as an agency is responsible for a number of key certifications in the Indian market.
Bureau of Indian Standards issues BIS Certification in India to assure product quality, consumers safety, and reliability of the customers. BIS gives the BIS certification to the companies after confirming the standards of their products. Additionally, this process conducted by Bureau of India Standards certification helps the companies to put up a reputed brand image in the industry. From all these years, the BIS has become the second name of quality and genuineness, whereas products with BIS Certification in India can also use ISI symbols. The ISI mark has served as a conformity mark for industrial items which verifies that the product complies with an Indian standard (IS) established by India's national standards organization, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
Why BIS Certificate?
Anything a person buys from food to cars, clothes to electronics, branded to unnamed
products there is always a question that wanders in one's mind that how to know if
he/she can trust the product or the company with the name product comes from. Are
there any parameters by which one can estimate the luxury, quality, or grade of the
product about to be bought, and if there is some kind of parameters then who decides
these parameters? How is your customer going to know that they can trust your brand
and its products? This is where BIS Certification comes into play. BIS Certification
in India is considered to be a mark of trust for the buyers.
BASIC CRITERIA FOR BIS CERTIFICATION:
The following are the basic requirements for obtaining a BIS licence, as listed
- The product must meet the Indian Standard Specification criteria.
- BIS license is only given to the factory (manufacturer of finished products),
not to the Distributor/Retailer.
- If a manufacturer has multiple factories, each of which is located at a distinct
geographical address, the business must file a separate application for each
product and factory location.
- The laboratory should be fully equipped with product testing equipment as well
as qualified quality control personnel to test the product in accordance with
the applicable ISS.
- All production machinery and testing facilities should be located on the factory
premises as per ISS norms and respective SIT.
- All procedures should be completed in the same factory, from receiving raw
materials to final packing. If any out-sourcing is required, clearance from the
Bureau may be requested.
- The technical guidelines are available for all products covered under the
Product Certification Scheme as 'Product Manuals'. Product manuals include
sampling guidelines, a list of test equipment, a Scheme of Inspection and Testing
(SIT), a description of scope etc. Applicant can refer to this Product Manual for BIS ISI Certification to prepare for the audit and application submission so
that chances of rejection can be avoided.
With BIS ISI Certificates, companies, and their products simply unlock the following motives:
- Attaining consumer trust
- Assuring Consumer Health
- Consumers get aware that the product is safe and out of physical harm.
Do you know that BIS ISI Mark Certificate is mandatory in India for more than 150
products? Even though it is voluntary to get BIS, the BIS made it compulsory to
attain the certificate on certain products to make sure the safety of the consumers
from counterfeits and fake merchandise. Under the BIS ISI mark Certification, there are
various requirements which are broadly classified into two types:
- Mandatory Certification: The mandatory BIS Certification which includes factory inspection.
- Voluntary Certification: There is voluntary BIS Certification just to achieve trust in the hearts of consumers.
Down are the products which are mandatory for BIS Certification :
- Food-related products
- Glass & Glassware
- Cylinders and regulators
- Building Materials
- Primary Batteries
- Oil pressure stoves
- Wire & Cables
- Medical equipment
- Shoes & Leather Products
- Chemicals and fertilizers
- Wheel Rim & Valves
- Household electrical goods
- Steel Products
- Electric motors and transformers
Documentations requirement is very specific and
generic for the BIS Certification application which includes:
- Laboratory Test Reports as per Product Standard
- Factory Registration Documents
- Manufacturing process flow chart
- In-house Testing Facilities
- Details of Authorised Signatory and other related documents.
At last, it is compulsory for the manufacturers
or importers of products to take BIS - ISI Certification if their product is covered
in the scope of the BIS Conformity Assessment Scheme. In case of violation of
conditions of the license, the license may be cancelled by the Bureau as per
provision of Regulation 11 of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018.
We at Aleph INDIA, being a single-window operator for all product regulatory
compliance, have been serving the industry since 2013. With a deeper knowledge and
vast experience, we are able to assist the importers or manufacturers in complying
with all requirements so that they can easily import or sell the product in Indian
Market and can make more profits.