BIS REGISTRATIONS IN INDIA

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M+V organises BIS registrations for hundreds of products every year. We can help you.

BIS registrations

Everything you need to know about BIS and NOC

The Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) is the National Standards Body of India. It makes Indian Standards (IS) for all aspects of India’s economy and assesses standardization and conformity through certification & testing.

The Government of India uses standards formulated by BIS for regulating trade and commerce. Compliance is obligatory.

You comply by having a valid BIS registrations licence.

BIS registrations aims: 

  • availability of safe goods of reliable quality
  • minimizing health hazards to consumers
  • safety of human, plant and animal life
  • safety of the environment
  • prevention of deceptive trade practices
  • promoting quality culture through the adoption of good manufacturing practices
  • training the industry in various aspects of standardization and testing
  • promoting exports and encouraging import substitution
  • control over the proliferation of varieties
  • minimizing wastage

What do BIS registrations cover?

  • Firstly, the Product Certification Scheme
  • Secondly, the Compulsory Registration Scheme
  • Thirdly, Foreign Manufacturers’ Certification Scheme
  • And most importantly, Hall Marking of Precious Metals (Gold and Silver) Scheme
This scheme covers virtually every industry from agriculture to textiles, to engineering item, to electronic goods.

The Product Certification Scheme of BIS provides:

  • Third-party assurance of quality, safety and reliability of products to the customers
  • ISI Mark on the product as an assurance of conformity to Indian Standards

The Product Certification Scheme of BIS is open to all domestic and foreign manufacturers, who wish to demonstrate the conformity of their goods to the relevant Indian Standards.

Some goods need “Mandatory Certificationwhether manufactured in India or imported and cannot be manufactured, stored, transported, or sold in India without a valid BIS licence.

Foreign manufacturers use FMCS for goods that need “Mandatory Certification“.

The number of products under “Mandatory Certification” has been increased considerably and much more than 121. However, the page of BIS, which gives information is still under maintenance. As per Quality Control Order issued by Ministry of Steel in July 2020, steel category has 113 products under mandatory certification. So overall products are more than 200 under mandatory certification. We can correct this information once.

Latest Quality Control Order for Steel is being attached.

One hundred twenty-one products need BIS “Mandatory Certification“.

Besides, forty-four electronic & IT products also need Mandatory Certification under the “Compulsory Registration Scheme.”

For Electronic and IT products the number of products under “Compulsory Registration Scheme” are 61 as per the latest information.

Click here for a list of all of the products on the BIS website:

http://www.bis.org.in/cert/ProdUnManCert.asp.

You cannot manufacture, store, transport or sell any product from the above list in India without a valid licence from BIS.

A Foreign Manufacturer can get a license to use the Standard Mark on a product that conforms to an Indian Standard.
FMCS is applicable for all products except Electronics & IT Goods notified by the Government of India.
A BIS license is granted for the place of manufacture and testing.

You need to apply to BIS and pay the Application Fee.

Each product needs a separate application for each standard.

Two entities can obtain a license for you:

  1. Your Indian liaison or branch office – as long as it has all Reserve Bank of India permissions to apply. That company stands liable for the BIS license(s).
  2. You can nominate a legally appointed Agent located in India. That agent consents to be responsible for compliance with all terms & conditions of the BIS license. 

What happens?

  1. Firstly, a proper scrutiny of the application is done.
  2. After that, if found complete in all respects, the recording is done.
  3. The next step involves carrying out a preliminary audit at the applicant’s manufacturing premises by the BIS Auditor. The costs of the inspection include the BIS officer’s working days, travel, stay and per diem.

The audit checks:

  • in-house manufacturing and testing facilities as per the Indian Standard(s)
  • competence of permanently employed testing personnel
  • conformity of the sample(s) to requirements of the Indian Standard.

The BIS Auditor will also take samples that you then need to deposit with the laboratory identified by BIS. You also pay for this testing.

The BIS registrations licence is granted if:

  • results of the preliminary inspection are satisfactory
  • the independently tested sample(s) conform to the IS
  • You (or your agent) sign the BIS Agreement terms and conditions. Including willingness to:
  • comply with the Scheme of Testing and Inspection (STI)
  • pay the annual minimum marking fee and the licence fee
  • The Agreement also includes nomination, your rights and responsibilities, determination/termination, indemnity, performance bank guarantee, non-renewal, cancellation of license, etc.
You must pay the annual minimum marking fee and the licence fee as soon as the BIS licence is granted.

After that, you need to pay the marking fee quarterly/annually.

A BIS license is granted for one year but renewal options up to 5 years are available for most of the products.

You can renew your license for one or two years or 5 years.
Further, the renewal process is more straightforward than the initial BIS registrations. This is because there is no visit or audit required. Renewal application requires to submit a “Report of Performance” and “Production details vis-à-vis ISI marked products”.

BIS takes additional samples from the market during the licensed period. Furthermore, BIS usually bears the charge of collecting and testing these market samples. If BIS decides what cost is too high; then the licensee pays.
Further, contact us and we can tell you the costs and paperwork required for your products.
There are cases where the code of a product indicates to customs that BIS registrations are required – but it is not. Moreover, customs authorities can confuse products “similar” to those covered under “mandatory certification“, leading to avoidable delays in consignment clearance and substantial penalties.

However, to avoid delays and penalties, you need a “No Objection Certificate” (NOC) from BIS that the material is not covered under “mandatory certification“.

BIS checks on a case by case basis using test reports, product specifications, declarations and other supporting documents. However, there is a nominal fee.

Besides, you also need to present Bill of lading and landing, invoice, packing lists, etc.

It takes about two months to get a NOC. NOC is issued for each and every import of the same product and has to be presented with the freight documents. However, if there is no NOC – discussions with customs start…

Above all, the NOC process takes 6-8 weeks

Solution: use a general importer (like M+V), combine imports to reduce the overall number, and set up a local warehouse.

M+V Support with BIS

NOC from BIS:

  • M+V prepare the application and other necessary documents
  • We file the application and follow up for you 

BIS Registrations

  • Firstly, M+V prepare the documents
  • Secondly, we submit the application
  • Thirdly, we assist in the inspection of the place of manufacturing.
  • Further, we follow up for you.

What makes M+V BIS Support so exceptional?

Experience – 20 years of license registration support across all industries

  • M+V is a specialist in international business development
  • Our approach is very professional. We first understand your requirements, review all documents in detail, check BIS applicability and explain our findings. Only once you are satisfied, do we suggest how to proceed for registration
  • We provide post-registration support, and share updates and changes made by BIS 
  • We also help you renew your BIS registrations 

For more details on BIS registration in India, contact our experienced team!

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