Process of BIS Certification is a means for offering third party guarantee of quality, safety and dependability of products to the consumer. It is voluntary and the Government of India has made this compulsory for certain products taking into concern public health.
BIS Certificate is provided in India by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The National Standards Body has been efficaciously promoting and nurturing standard program within the country since 1947. BIS came into practice in 1987 through an Act of Parliament and is involved in numerous actions like standards formulation, certification of products, hallmarking, testing and calibration scheme and more.
BIS Product Certification Scheme is one of the biggest in the world. BIS Certification lets the licensees practice the popular ISI mark on their product, which is similar to quality products. As per Government notification, it is compulsory for 90 products to have a BIS certificate. BIS also operates Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme under which overseas manufacturers can be approved for a license to use the BIS Standard Mark.
This Certification is offered in India for products under different kinds of schemes as follows:
Normal Procedure for Domestic Manufacturers – The applicant needs to submit the application with mandatory documents and the requisite fee. After submitting the application, a preliminary factory evaluation is accepted by a BIS officer. Then samples are tested in the factory and also drawn for independent testing. A BIS certificate is offered if the sample is adequate. In this method, BIS Certificate is estimated to be issued within 4 months of submission of the application.
Simplified Procedure– In this procedure, the applicant submits a test report of the sample along with the application for BIS Certificate. If the test report is satisfactory, then verification is carried out by a BIS Officer. It is granted if the verification is satisfactory. Under this method, the license is expected to be issued within 30 days of submission of BIS Certification application with the compulsory documents and test report.
Tatkal Scheme: Those manufacturers who need BIS standard mark compulsorily as per Government notification can obtain a BIS license under the tatkal. Under the tatkal scheme, the application is administered within strict timelines and the total time for processing is definite as 30 days. ECO Mark Scheme – BIS Licenses for eco-friendly products are issued in a scheme different from the normal BIS Certification process. Eco-friendly products should adapt to additional requirements specified in the Indian Standards to meet the requirements for the ECO mark. The procedure for grant of a license is similar to that of the Domestic Manufacturer's scheme.
Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme – Overseas applicants/foreign manufacturers have issued a license for the use of ISI mark under a differently designed scheme within 6 months period.
There is a list of products required to have BIS License or Certification to be considered as public health and safety. Without BIS Certificate, the underwritten cannot be manufactured or sold. The underwritten are products that require mandatory BIS licenses or Certification.
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