The Role of Bureau of Indian Standards in Product Accreditation: A Brief Introduction.

A parliamentary act established the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986, whereby the central agency will certify products for their quality and fit of usage within the legal boundaries of India. Although established in the year 1986, BIS had a predecessor known as the ‘Indian Standards Institution’ that carried out product certification since the year 1955. BIS permits licenses to a range of manufacturers from a variety of industries. The ISI mark of approval of quality that we usually see on certain products refers to this father institution of the BIS.


1.Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS):

In 2012, the then Department of Electronics and Information Technology introduced the CRS. According to this scheme, it is utmost necessary for electronics manufacturers to register their products before they launch it in the Indian market.

According to this scheme, the manufacturers are supposed to get their products tested for quality and safety. Manufacturers based abroad are supposed to have representatives in India who will get their products tested.

The scheme makes use of market surveillance whereby they pick up the product from the market and send it to one of their labs for testing. It covers 30 products under its umbrella.

2.Certification for Domestic Manufacturers

Here, the applicant can choose between any of the two.

  • 2.1 Ordinary Procedure: After making the application and paying the necessary fees for it, the manufacturer can contact the local office under whose jurisdiction they are placed. BIS officers visit the factory site and test the products for their quality as well take samples for independent testing. If they pass the quality test, the license is offered.
  • 2.2 Simple Procedure: Here, the applicant submits reports of quality from laboratory tests of product quality test labs. After studying those reports, the manufacturer has to agree to keep the quality of their products up to date with the laboratory reports.

3. Certification for Foreign Manufacturers:

Foreign manufacturers too are given ISI mark of quality based on certainparameters, and the process is classified independently from the one required for domestic manufacturers.

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Our Role At ICS: To Get Your Product Certified.

We perfectly understand the fact that Indian bureaucratic processes, despite the reforms are slothful, inconsistent and costly. Being a competent legal service, we realize that you a manufacturer or an importer are not required to carry the dead weight of these bureaucratic mechanisms. Therefore we act as the expert third party adviser to speed up the approval and accreditation process.

Here are some of the key benefits our legal service stands to provide you with:

– Save unnecessary costs that you would be shelling for bureaucratic processes.
– Saves your valuable time by getting your products certified in time so that you can launch them in local markets as per your sales planning.
– Prevents losses by ensuring that your product does not get rejected for accreditation due to guideline loopholes or due to vague/unfair reasons.