The “BIS” in the BIS certification stands for Bureau of Indian Standards. This is the national certification body of India, which is subordinate to the Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Public Distribution. The agency was founded in 1986 with the aim of setting quality standards for various products such as building materials, food, consumer electronics and raw materials.
“The list of products that have to be approved by BIS is constantly being expanded,” explains Dhrub Thakur, head of the legal department at Maier + Vidorno. “Last June, 14 chemical products were added, so that the manufacturers must be certified by the BIS from this point on. With the announcement, manufacturers were given six months to receive their certificate. This is a very tight deadline when you consider that the process itself can take up to six months.”