BIS & FMCS Certification

BIS is the National Standard Body of India established under the BIS Act 1986. It was established for the protection of consumers, standardization and quality marking of goods for an accountable and traceable system.

Through its accountable and transparent system, BIS provides quality goods, minimizes health hazards for consumers as well as promotes exports and imports substitute. It also has control over proliferation of varieties through standardization, certification and testing.

For the protection of consumers, BIS is involved in various activities as given below:

  • Standards Formulation
  • Product Certification Scheme
  • Compulsory Registration Scheme
  • Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme
  • Hall Marking Scheme
  • Laboratory Services
  • Laboratory Recognition Scheme
  • Sale of Indian Standards
  • Consumer Affairs Activities
  • Promotional Activities
  • Training Services, National & International level
  • Information Services

BIS has its headquarters at New Delhi and its 05 Regional Offices (ROs) are at Kolkata (Eastern), Chennai (Southern), Mumbai (Western), Chandigarh (Northern), and Delhi (Central). The branch offices are responsible for BIS registrations.

Origin of BIS

As the British rule in India was reaching its end, there was a need to establish a quality and standardization body in India. The Institution of Engineers (India) prepared the first draft of the Constitution of an Institution for the task of National Standards. This subsequently led to the Department of Industries and Supplies bringing out a memorandum on 3 September 1946, announcing the formulation of “Indian Standards Institution”. The Indian Standards Institution (ISI) came into being on the 06 January 1947.

The initial years of the organization concentrated on standardization activity to eventually provide benefits to the consumers. The Certification Marks Scheme under the Indian Standards Institution (Certification Marks) Act, 1952 was formally launched by ISI in 1955-56. The Act enabled the granting of licenses to manufacturers producing goods in accordance with Indian Standards and also imprinted the goods with an ISI mark.

The Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) came into existence with a wider scope and more power which included taking over the staff, assets, liabilities and functions of ISI. The change was prompted by the Government’s vision to bring about an eco-system for quality, more participation by consumers and consumer protection.

The Bureau is a Body Corporate which consists of 25 members representing both Central and State governments, Members of Parliament, industry, scientific and research institutions, consumer organizations and professional bodies; with Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution as its President and with Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution as its Vice-President.

BIS and FMCS certifications

  • Enforcement of BIS Act, 2016
  • Continuation of Regulations/Orders made under BIS Act, 1986
  • The BIS Act, 2016
  • Notification of BIS Rules, 2017
  • The BIS Act, 1986
  • The BIS Rules, 1987
  • The BIS (Appointment, Terms and Conditions of Service of Director-General) Rules, 1987
  • The BIS (Recognition of Consumers’ Associations) Rules, 1991
  • The BIS (Powers and Duties of Director-General) Regulations, 1987
  • The BIS (Advisory Committees) Regulations, 1987
  • The BIS (Certification) Regulations, 1988
  • The BIS (Recruitment to Scientific Cadre) Regulations, 2002
  • The BIS (Recruitment to Laboratory Technical Posts) Regulations, 2007
  • The BIS (Terms and Conditions of Service of Employees), Regulations, 2007
  • The BIS (Recruitment to Administration, Finance and Other Posts) Regulations, 2007

Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme certifications

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has been operating a Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS) since the year 2000 under BIS Act, 1986 and Rules & Regulations framed there under.

    • Under FMCS, licence is granted to a Foreign Manufacturer for use of Standard Mark on a product that conforms to an Indian Standard.
    • The Scheme is applicable for grant of licence for all products except Electronics & IT Goods notified by DeitY .
    • The licence is granted by Foreign Manufacturers Certification Department (FMCD) located at BIS Headquarters, New Delhi.

Who can apply

The manufacturers, which have their factory location outside India can apply under FMCS. They shall:

  • ensure conformity of their product(s) to applicableIndian Standard Specifications (ISS).
  • have all manufacturing machineries/facilities at their factory premises.
  • have all arrangements/equipments in their factory premises for testing of the product(s) as per applicable ISS.
  • have competent testing personnel in their lab to test the product(s) as per applicable ISS.
  • accept the Scheme of Testing & Inspection (STI) and Marking Fee.
  • accept the Terms & Conditions of licence.

Note : Separate application is required to be submitted for each product/Indian Standard and for each factory location.

How to apply

Note : 1. Applicants are advised to check the commonly observed deficiencies in applications before submission of application.
2. The applicant will be responsible for delay in grant of licence in case of submission of incomplete application; delay in response to queries raised, if any ; payment of dues, etc.

Grant of Licence

  • BIS will scrutinize the application and queries ,if any, will be communicated by email.
  • Once queries are satisfactorily met and application is complete, it will be recorded.
  • Applicant will be informed to provide schedule and organize visit in consultation with the officer nominated by BIS.
  • Visit will be paid to the factory location to carryout verification of manufacturing & testing infrastructure and drawal of samples for independent testing.
  • Responsibility for safe deposition of sample(s) and remittance of testing charges shall lie with the applicant firm.
  • Case would be processed for grant of licence after receipt of satisfactory inspection report & independent test report(s) conforming to applicable Indian Standard(s).
  • Applicant would be required to pay licence fee; advance minimum marking fee and any other outstanding dues, before grant of licence (for details on Fee Structure, Click here).
  • Agreement, Indemnity Bondwould be signed and Performance Bank Guaranteeof USD 10000 from any bank, having RBI approved branch in India would be required to be furnished immediately after grant of licence.
  • Licence would be initially granted for 1 year which would be further renewable for 1 or 2 years (for details on renewal, click here).
  • Licensee shall disclose production & dispatch details of standard marked goods to BIS, on quarterly basis.
  • The licensee can request for inclusion of new varieties in the existing licence (for details on inclusion, Click here).

Operation of Licence

  • After grant of licence, surveillance is carried out by BIS through visits during which, the BIS officer :
    • Verifies operation of licence as per duly accepted STI;
    • carries out testing in the factory;
    • collects production & dispatch details of the standard marked goods.
    • draws sample(s) for independent testing in BIS/BIS recognized labs; etc.
  • Samples are also collected by BIS from market for testing as part of market surveillance.

Inclusion of new varieties

  • Licensee can get new varieties/grades/types included in the existing licence by way of compliance to the following:
    • Submission of original test report(s) from BIS recognized laboratoriesshowing conformity of the product to relevant Indian Standard(s) and details of additional manufacturing and/or testing facilities in the prescribed format, as applicable.
    • payment of applicable charges (Click herefor detail of charges).

    Note: The test reports of the product shall not be more than 30 days old. The period for counting 30 days shall be from the date of issue of the test reports to the date of receipt of the test reports in FMCD. In case of multiple test reports for one product, the latest product test report shall not be more than 30 days old and the oldest product test report shall not be more than 90 days old. In case of de-recognition/suspension of BIS recognized laboratory, the acceptance of test reports from such laboratories shall be as per the policy of BIS.

Renewal of licence

  • The licence is granted initially for a period of one year.
  • The renewal of licence may be considered for a period of one or two years depending upon whether the annual licence fee and advance minimum marking fee has been paid for one year or two years
  • Renewal request shall contain:
  • Renewal application ( CM/PF 604)

2) Report of performance ( CM/PF 604 ) duly certified by the Chartered Accountant
3) Production detail (Month wise) including complete consignees address
4) Extended Performance Bank Guarantee (six months more than validity of the licence)

5) Remittance of applicable Marking Fees