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BIS Certification - Overview

BIS Certification is the process of obtaining a licence from the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) to allow manufacturers to use the standard mark on their products. This certification signifies that the certified product conforms to the relevant Indian standards set by BIS, ensuring product’s quality,reliability and safety of the consumers.

BIS certification is voluntary. However, the Central Government of India made it compulsory to obtain a BIS certificate for various products that serve the public interest, protect human, animal, or plant health, protect the environment, prevent unfair trade practices, and ensure national security.

Key Features of BIS Certification:

 Quality Assurance

 Compliance with Standards

 Market Access

 Product Safety

 Brand Credibility

 Consumer Protection

 Support for Exporters

 Global Recognition

Introduction to Bureau of Indian Standards

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the national standards organization of India under the Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India. The Bureau of Indian Standards was established under the BIS Act 2016. BIS has been involved in various activities like standard formulation and promotion, Product Certification for Indian manufacturers as well as foreign manufacturers, and different management system certifications.

BIS plays a crucial role in maintaining quality standards, safety, and reliability for a wide range of products in India. Through its certification process, BIS ensures that both domestic and international manufacturers adhere to Indian standards, ensuring quality assurance, consumer trust, safety compliance, global recognition, and product assurance.

BIS Certification Schemes

Bureau of Indian Standards grants licenses to manufacturers for their products that comply with the relevant Indian standards set by BIS. In the process of granting a BIS license, the product goes through rigorous testing from a BIS-certified laboratory. BIS operates various certification schemes by which manufacturers can obtain a BIS license for their products. Below is a list of various certification schemes operated by the Bureau of Indian Standard.

  ISI Mark for Indian Manufacturers (Product Certification Scheme)

  ISI Mark for Foreign Manufacturers (Foreign Manufacturer Certification Scheme)

  CRS Mark for Electronic Products (Compulsory Registration Scheme)

  BIS Hallmarking Scheme (For Gold & Silver Jewellery)

  ECO Mark Scheme (For Environmental Friendly Products)

Let's take a closer look at these different types of BIS certification schemes.

ISI Mark for Indian Manufacturers (Product Certification Scheme)

Indian manufacturers can obtain BIS licence for their products through Product Certification Scheme also known as ISI Mark Certification Scheme under conformity assessment scheme - I of Schedule II of the BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulation, 2018. Under this scheme the BIS grants licences to the Indian manufacturers for their products in compliance to the required Indian standard after audit of manufacturing unit and sample testing through a BIS approved laboratory.

The product certification scheme is voluntary in nature, however the Indian government made it mandatory to obtain BIS certification for several products like Milk powder, Drinking Water, LPG Cylinders, etc. as these products are concerned with health and safety. After getting a licence from BIS, the manufacturer can use the standard ISI mark (considered as a mark of trust among Indian consumers) on their product to sell them in the Indian market. BIS offers two certification procedures under ISI mark scheme - Normal Procedure and Simplified Procedure.

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ISI Mark for Foreign Manufacturers (Foreign Manufacturer Certification Scheme)

Foreign manufacturers looking to sell their products in India can obtain a licence from the Bureau of Indian Standard for uninterrupted exporting and selling their products in Indian marketing. BIS operates Foreign Manufacturer Certification Scheme (BIS FMCS) to grant licence to the foreign manufacturers under Scheme-I of Schedule-II, BIS Act, 2016 and (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018 since year 2000.

A BIS licence through Foreign Manufacturer Certification Department (FMCD) enables the manufacturing units located overseas to use the standard ISI mark on their products undergoing factory audit to determine whether the manufacturer is complying with all the necessary requirements set by BIS. To obtain a BIS licence the foreign manufacturer must have to appoint an Authorized Indian Representative (AIR) to fulfill all the liabilities and obligations with respect to the BIS Act, 1986, and rules and regulations framed for the purpose of registration, on behalf of the foreign applicant.

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CRS Mark for Electronic Products (Compulsory Registration Scheme)

The manufacturers of Electronic and IT goods can obtain BIS licence for their product under Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS). This scheme was introduced in the year 2012 jointly by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). As per the Compulsory Registration Order (CRO) issued by the ministry, no one shall manufacture or store for sale, sell, import, or distribute goods that do not meet the Indian standards outlined in the order and do not bear the Standard Mark with a unique registration number.

BIS licence for electronics and IT goods as per CRS scheme is governed by the conformity assessment scheme outlined in Scheme II of Schedule II of the BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018. If you are a manufacturer of electronic or IT products and your product is covered under compulsory registration scheme then you must have to apply for a BIS licence under CRS scheme..

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BIS Hallmarking Scheme (For Gold & Silver Jewellery)

A hallmark is a symbol of purity and trust in terms of gold and silver ornaments. A hallmarked jewellery/artefacts denotes that the piece of jewellery conforms to a set of standards laid by the BIS. The Bureau of Indian Standards launched the gold hallmarking scheme in 2000 and a silver hallmarking scheme in 2005. According to this scheme, the BIS hallmark licence is mandatory to manufacture or sell gold or silver jewellery.

The BIS Hallmarking Certification is of two types, one is BIS Registration for Hallmarking Showrooms/Jewellers and the other is BIS Recognition of Assaying & Hallmarking Center. If a jeweller wishes to sell Hallmarked gold jewellery or artefacts must first get hallmarking registration from BIS. If a store owner or jeweller wants to sell ready-made hallmarked jewellery, the purity and quality of the gold should be checked at an Assaying & Hallmarking centre (third-party evaluator/BIS Hallmark licensed trademark).

ECO Mark Scheme (For Environmental Friendly Products)

The Bureau of Indian Standards issues ECO mark certificates to the environment friendly products in India. The ECO mark certification is a voluntary certification scheme initially implemented in the year 1991. The eco mark scheme covers various products like Food, soaps and detergents, paints, medications, cosmetics, chemicals, electrical goods, paper, lubricating oils, textiles, packing materials, batteries and other items.

ThThe main objectives of ECO-MARK is to spread awareness to reduce the number of emissions in the country, encourage citizens to purchase high-quality goods and Improve the environment's quality. The presence of this logo on items would ensure that sustainable development is widely distributed across society.

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Benefits of BIS Certification

BIS certification offers numerous benefits to manufacturers, consumers, and the overall market. Here are the key benefits:

Legal Compliance:

BIS certification helps manufacturers comply with national and international regulations, reducing the risk of legal issues.

Brand Reputation:

The ISI mark enhances the brand's reputation as it signifies quality, safety, and reliability.

Consumer Trust:

BIS certification fosters consumer confidence in the product, leading to increased sales and customer loyalty.

Competitive Advantage:

Products with the ISI mark can stand out in a competitive market, giving manufacturers a competitive edge.

Quality Assurance & Process Improvement:

The certification process involves rigorous testing and inspection, which often leads to improvements in manufacturing processes, reducing waste and increasing efficiency.

International Trade:

BIS certification is recognized globally, which can help manufacturers in exporting their products, as it assures international buyers of the product’s compliance with Indian standards.


The Bureau of Indian Standard, the national standard body engaged in various activities to safeguard the consumers and environment in India. To fulfil this aim BIS develops Indian Standards for various products and provides certifications and licences to the manufacturers through various mandatory and voluntary schemes.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

BIS certification is issued by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in India. BIS certification indicates third party, i.e. BIS assurance of any product's quality, reliability, and safety to the customers.

BIS standards ensure that your products meet the necessary quality and safety benchmarks, reducing the risk of product recalls or customer complaints. BIS-certified products gain global recognition, facilitating international trade and export opportunities.

The BIS certification scheme is basically voluntary in nature. However, for a number of products compliance to Indian Standards is made compulsory by the Central Government under various considerations viz.

For export to India, manufacturers need BIS certification (ISI) under Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS), or BIS registration (CRS) for certain products. The BIS Certification is obligatory for these products, so that they can be introduced and sold on the Indian market.

It is a quality and safety assurance certification. Scheme 2 which is also known as Compulsory registration scheme (CRS) is a self-conformity scheme. This means that factory audit is not required and it only applies to electronics and IT products. It is a safety certification for products coming to the Indian market.

The BIS Registration Certificate is exclusively issued to manufacturing units and cannot be obtained by importers or traders in their own name.

The BIS certificate is issued by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). BIS registration is mandatory for all manufacturers (foreign or Indian) who want to export electronic products to India. A BIS licence is mandatory for importing products in India.

Fee for BIS ISI Registration Certificate:
Particulars Fees
Application Fee ₹ 1,000
Sample Test Fee As applicable
Licence Fee ₹ 1,000
Inspection Charge ₹ 7,000

The consequences of non-compliance are severe, including fines, imprisonment, and damage to reputation. Companies may also face challenges in accessing government procurement contracts or exporting their products.

The validity of BIS Registration is two years, and it can be renewed afterward. To renew it, you will be required to submit certain documents and pay the associated fees.

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