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May 17, 2023
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What is BIS Certification?

BIS* Certification is an Indian product certification that requires certain types of product manufacturers to bear the BIS Standard Mark to ensure conformity of the product to the requirements of Indian Standard Specifications. It is voluntary in nature and is made compulsory through issuance of Quality Control Orders (QCOs) or Compulsory Registration Order by Central Government. 

So far, BIS has formulated around 20,000 standards through about 1,000 technical committees involving around than 15,000 experts. Companies may apply for BIS Certification on a voluntary basis. However, this article focus on mandatory BIS Certification.

* Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) is a national standards body constituted under BIS Acts, 2016. It is established for the harmonious development of the activities of standardization, conformity assessment and quality assurance of goods, articles, processes, systems and services, etc.

BIS certification mainly includes three mandatory schemes:

  • Scheme I - Indian Standards Institution (ISI) Mark Scheme

  • Scheme II - Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS)

  • Scheme IV - Grant of Certificate of Conformity (CoC)

Who must apply for BIS?

Domestic or foreign manufacturer of products under compulsory certification (QCOs and Compulsory Registration Orders).

For foreign manufacturer, they are required to nominate an Authorized Indian Representative (AIR) to be responsible for prepare and apply for BIS Certification. 

Which type of products need BIS?

Since new types of products are constantly updated on the official BIS catalog, it is important to check the latest certification requirements of individual products with the authorities. Different schemes may share same product category, but are targeted at different individual products. Here is a brief overview of products under BIS Certification. 

ISI Scheme (through issuance of QCOs): 

  • Cement

  • Household electrical goods

  • Batteries

  • Chemicals, fertilizers, polymers and textiles

  • ...

CRS Scheme (through issuance of Compulsory Registration Order):

  • Electronic and IT goods**

  • Photovoltaics, systems, devices and components

  • Low- Voltage swtichgear and control gear

  • Chemicals

  • Textiles

**For foreign manufacturers, CRS Scheme is not applicable for Electronic and IT goods notified by Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology (MeitY).

CoC Scheme (through issuance of QCOs):

  • Stampings/laminations/cores of transformers (with or without winding);

  • Retro-Reflective Devices for Bicycles.

The complete mandatory list of products currently covered by BIS Certification can be found here

How to apply for BIS? 

As mentioned earlier, there are currently three types of BIS Certification. A manufacturer or AIR needs to apply for use of BIS Standard Mark under a License or Certificate of Conformity . Materials requirements vary by certification types. See the table for more details.

Certification SchemeBIS Standard MarkMaterials Required

Scheme-I (ISI Mark Scheme)

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  • Application for License to use ISI Mark

  • Declaration regarding manufacturing machinery

  • Declaration regarding test equipment

  • Inspection and testing plan

  • Test report

  • Authorized representative letter (for foreign manufacturer)

Scheme-II (CRS Scheme)

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  • Application for License to use CRS Mark

  • Undertaking

  • Third party laboratory test report

  • Affidavit

  • Authorized representative letter (for foreign manufacturer)

Scheme-IV (CoC Scheme)

Product or package shall be marked with Certificate of Conformity Number
  • Application for Certificate of Conformity

  • Declaration regarding manufacturing machinery

  • Declaration regarding test equipment

  • Inspection and testing plan

  • Test report

  • Authorized representative letter (for foreign manufacturer)


The BIS Certification procedure includes: 

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For ISI and CoC Scheme, a factory inspection is required in addition to product testing. The license/certificate shall stay valid for two years. During these two years BIS may request random product audits. The license/certificate will be suspended or cancelled if the test report indicates non-conformity of the product to the relevant Indian Standard. In addition, any change to the manufacturing or product process will require retesting to maintain the certification validity. 

Here is a comparison of three BIS Certification Schemes:


Validity
Process time
MarkingProduct testingFactory inspectionFollow-up audits
ISI Scheme2 years4-6 monthsISI MarkYesYesYes
CRS Scheme2 years2-3 monthsCRS MarkYesNoYes
CoC Scheme2 years4-6 monthsCertificate of Conformity NumberYesYesYes

Regulated chemicals under BIS Certification

Under BIS Certification framework, chemicals are mainly regulated under ISI and CRS Scheme. Here is a latest list of chemical substances subject to QCOs and Compulsory Registration Order (updated on May 17, 2023):

ISI Standard Mark (Factory inspection is required)

Sr No.IS No.ProductsImplementation date
229
IS 252:2013
Caustic Soda2018.4.3
230IS 10116:2015Boric Acid2019.5.16
231IS 15573Poly Aluminium Chloride2020.2.1
232IS 695Acetic Acid2023.8.3
233IS 2833Anihline2023.8.3
234IS 517Methanol2023.8.3
235 IS 5158:1987Phthalic Anhydrie2023.6.22
236IS 8058:2018Pyridine2023.9.13
237IS 16113:2013Gamma Picoline2023.9.13
238IS 16112:2013
Beta Picoline2023.9.13
239IS 12084:2018Morpholine2023.8.1
240IS 297:2001Sodium Sulphide2020.12.14
241IS 7129:1992Potassium Carbonate, Anhydrous2023.9.13
242IS 170:2004Acetone
2023.9.13
243IS 4581:1978Phosphorous Trichloride, pure and analytical reagent2020.12.14
244IS 11744:1986Phosphorous Pentachloride2020.12.14
245IS 11657:1986Phosphorous Oxychloride2020.12.14
246IS 2080:2021Stabilized Hydrogen Peroxide
2022.11.24
247IS 3205:1984Precipitated Barium Carbonate2020.12.14
248IS 12928:1990Precipitated Barium for Ceramic and Glass Industry2020.12.14
249IS 4505:2015Sodium Formaldehyde Sulphoxylate2020.12.14
250IS 6100:1984Sodium Tripolyphosphate , Anhydrous
2023.9.13
251IS 14709:1999n-Butyl Acrylate2022.12.21
252IS 336:1973Ether2021.12.22
253IS 5295:1985Ethylene Glycol2021.12.22
254IS 537:2011Toluene2023.6.22
255IS 15030:2001Terephthalic Acid2023.6.22
256IS 14707:1999Methyl Acrylate2023.5.31
257IS 14708:1999Ethyl Acrylate2023.5.31
258IS 12345:1988Vinyl Acetate Monomer2023.5.31
259IS 4105:2020Styrene (Vinyl Benzene)2024.4.24
260IS 5149:2020Maleic Anhydride 
2024.10.24
261IS 12540:1988Acrylonitrile2024.4.24
262IS 17265:2019

100 Percent. Polyester Spun Grey and White Yarn (PSY)

2023.7.3
263IS 17261:2019

Polyester Continuous Filament Fully Drawn Yarn (FDY)

2023.7.3
264IS 17264:2019

Polyester Industrial Yarn (IDY)

2023.7.3
265IS 17262:2019

Polyester Partially Oriented Yarn (POY)

2023.7.3
266IS 17263:2019

Polyester Staple Fibres (PSF)

2023.4.3
267

IS 7328:2020

Polyethylene Material for moulding and extrusion

(i) Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)

(ii) Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE)

(iii) High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

2023.10.3
268IS 11356:2020

Styrene-Butadiene Rubber Latex

2021.10.12
269

IS 16481:2016

Synthetic Micro-Fibres for use in Cement Based Matrix

2023.4.3
270

IS 12795:2020

Linear Alkyl Benzene

2023.4.3
271IS 13601:1993

Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) Copolymers

2023.10.3
272

IS 7686:2020

3(N, N-DiEthyl) Aminophenol

2021.5.25
273

IS 4566:2020

Methylene Chloride (Dichloromethane)

2023.11.20
274

IS 2012:2006

Red Phosphorus

2021.11.23
275

IS17077:2019/ISO 19062-1 : 2015

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

2023.6.12
276

IS 869:2020

Ethylene Dichloride

2024.3.12
277

IS 17370:2020

p-Xylene

2024.3.19
278

IS 14434:1998

Polycarbonate2024.3.12
279

IS 17397 (Part 1) : 2020/ISO 16365-1 : 2014

Polyurethanes

2024.3.19
280

IS 17442:2020

Vinyl Chloride Monomer2024.3.12
281

IS 17450 : 2020

1,3 Phenylenediamine

2022.10.25
282

IS 10931 :1984

Lauric Acid

2023.10.24
283IS 12029:1986Acid Oil
2023.10.24
284

IS 12067: 1987

Palm Fatty Acids2023.10.24
285

IS 12068 :1987

Rice Bran Faty Acids2023.10.24
286

IS 12069 : 1987

Coconut Fatty Acids2023.10.24
287

IS 12124 : 1987

Rubberseed Fatty Acids2023.10.24
288

IS 12361 :1988

Hydrogenated Rice Bran Fatty Acids

2023.10.24

Once the QCO starts to take effect, companies need to apply for License to use BIS Standard Mark to manufacture, import, distribute, sell, store, or exhibit for sale these chemicals. Export is exempted from QCOs.

As India relaxes its prevention and control measures on pandemic and focuses on stepping up chemical regulations, it is expected that there will be fewer QCOs delay. According to the source, the mandatory list will expand to add around 200-300 substances in the near future. ChemLinked will keep a close eye and update the latest information. 

CRS Scheme (Factory inspection is not required)

SR No.IS No.ProductsImplementation date
1

IS 798:2020

Ortho Phosphoric Acid

2022.12.10
2IS 17439:2020

Polyphosphoric Acid

2022.12.22
3

IS 17412:2020

Trimethyl Phosphite

2022.10.3

Once the Compulsory Registration Order comes into force, companies are required to register with the Bureau and use BIS Standard Mark to manufacture, import, distribute, sell, store, or exhibit for sale these chemicals.