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      What is BIS certification for Imports?

      Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) is the National Standard Body of India established under the BIS Act 2016 for the development of the activities of standardization and quality certification of goods. BIS runs certification programs to issue licenses to Indian and foreign manufacturers for using standard mark on the product ensuring product safety, reliability and quality.

      The BIS certification scheme also signifies that the product complies with the Indian safety and performance standards and that the consumers receive high-quality and risk-free products. Therefore, BIS certification has been made a mandatory requirement for some of the imported products in India.

      Imported goods, including electronics, machinery, chemicals, and more, require a mandatory BIS Certification. It involves a rigorous testing and verification process conducted by accredited labs to verify product compliance.

      For importers, securing BIS certification can pose significant challenges, often involving a complex and time-consuming process. As a solution, we offer BIS registration services to streamline this procedure for businesses.

      Why is BIS Certificate important for Importers?

      Government Mandate

      Importers are required to obtain a BIS Certificate if the product fits under the mandatory product category. Otherwise, the goods will not be accepted in the Indian Market.

      Mark of Safety

      The BIS certificate is a mark of safety and conformity. One of the reasons to obtain BIS Certificate is to make sure that a product is safe for the final consumer.

      Product Testing

      The indication that the product has been tested and has complied with the required standard set is shown by the BIS Certificate. It acts as a mark of quality and high standards.

      Competitive Advantage

      By obtaining a BIS Certificate, an Importer can gain a competitive advantage over their market rivals, regardless of the product being imported like: Batteries, Toys, Cattle Feed, Kitchen Appliances or any other thing covered under BIS.

      What are the two types of BIS Certificates for Importer Category?

      Depending on the type of the product, there are two distinct types of BIS Certificates necessary for importing goods into India. 

      Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS)

      An Importer must make sure that the imported products must adhere to the standards set by the BIS, in order to be registered under the Compulsory Registration Scheme.

      After the testing, analysing and the documentation is complete the product’s compliance will be declared.

      No importer is allowed to sell or distribute goods in the Indian market if the product does not meet BIS requirements.

      Some products are stated below which come under CRS.

      • Electronic musical systems with input power 200w and above
      • Laptop/notebook/tablet
      • Microwave ovens
      • Optical disc players with built in amplifiers of input power 200w and above
      • Plasma/lcd/led televisions of screen size 32"; and above
      • Printers, plotters
      • Scanners
      • Set top box
      • Telephone answering machines
      • Visual display units, videos monitors of screen size 32" and above
      • Wireless keyboards
      • Cash registers
      • Copying machines/duplicators
      • Passport reader

      Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS)

      Under FMCS, the Certification of BIS is issued to foreign applicants or manufacturers within six months. The FMCS system was initially created in 2000, to allow international applicants to receive and use the ISI mark on their products.

      The licence under FMCS can be granted for all products for which an Indian Standard exists except for the Electronics & IT Products notified under Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) of BIS

      The FMCD (Foreign Manufacturers Certification Department) is located at the BIS headquarters in New Delhi and issues certificates of the FMCS scheme.

      Some product covered under FMCS:

      • Cement
      • Kitchen Appliances
      • Automobile Accessories
      • Medical Equipment
      • Food and related products
      • Aluminium Foil
      • Sewing Machine
      • And ETC.,

      What are documents required for BIS registration?

      Company's PAN Card

      A copy of the GST registration certificate

      Details of the products to be imported, including their technical specifications, quality standards, and other relevant details

      Declaration on Company’s letterhead regarding compliance with standard requirements.

      Import Export Code (IEC) issued by the DGFT

      A copy of the business entity’s bank statement for the past 3 months

      Test reports, if any, from an accredited laboratory for the products to be imported

      Letter from BIS-approved laboratory

      A copy of the Memorandum of Association (MOA) and Articles of Association (AOA) or Partnership Deed

      Contact details, including the phone number, email id, and address of the importer

      Details of the manufacturer, including name, address, and contact details of the manufacturer

      What is the Procedure to obtain BIS Certificates?

      Identify the Applicable standards

      The first step is to identify the IS applicable of the product which is being imported

      Submit the application for registration

      Submission of the application for registration to the BIS agency for which the BIS certificate is needed. The application should be complete in all respects and must contain all the required information such as the product details, manufacturer details, testing requirements and etc.

      Testing of samples

      Once the samples are received by the BIS agency, they will conduct the testing process as per the relevant standard. The testing process is the most crucial stage of the certification process, and it may take several weeks to complete.

      Contact an Authorized Indian BIS agency

      The next step is to find an authorized Indian BIS agency that handles testing and certification of the product which is imported

      Provide Samples

      After submitting the application, samples of the product must be provided to the authorized BIS agency for testing purposes. The sample quantity and size will depend on the standard to which the product is being tested.

      BIS Certification

      If the product meets the relevant standards, the BIS agency will issue a certificate of conformity. This certificate will signify that the product has passed all the necessary tests and meets all the safety and performance standards.

      How will we help you obtain AEO T1 Certificate?


      Collection of the required documentation from the clients.

      Preparation and Submission of the Application for the Certification

      Verification of the documents and preparation of application to the Authorized Indian BIS agency.

      Follow ups
      Follow-up with the respective agency if the process of certification is delayed or slowed down.
      post certification support
      We help you in post certification support compliance by keeping a track expiry/renewal
      Frequently Asked Questions

      All you need to know before applying for BIS Certificate:

      Licence means a licence granted under Section 13 of BIS Act 2016 to use a specified Standard Mark in relation to any goods or article which conforms to a standard.

      Products are brought under compulsory certification by the Central Government as per the provision of BIS Act, 2016 or other Acts.

      For obtaining BIS licence, the manufacturer must have requisite manufacturing infrastructure, appropriate process controls, quality control and testing capabilities for the product as per relevant Indian Standard Specification (ISS). The product shall also conform to all requirements laid down in the ISS.

      The Bureau grants the licence based on successful assessment of the manufacturing infrastructure, process controls, quality control and testing capabilities of the manufacturer through a visit to its manufacturing premises.

      This is a certification scheme for a Foreign manufacturer who wants to obtain BIS Licence. The scheme is for certification of products other than Electronic and Information Technology Products.

      Generally certification scheme of BIS is voluntary in nature, however for certain products as notified by Government of India under Quality Control Orders, they can be imported to India only with Standard Mark under a valid licence from BIS.

      The application can be made in the forms and formats available under FMCS with all relevant documents indicated in the application. BIS is making a provision to apply on line in due course of time.

      Yes, the foreign applicant has to nominate an Indian Resident as an Authorized Indian Representative (AIR) while submitting the application.

      The AIR shall be an Indian resident and shall declare his consent to be responsible for compliance to the provisions of the BIS Act, rules, regulations and terms & conditions laid down in BIS Licence, Agreement, Undertaking etc. executed by or on behalf of the foreign manufacturer, by a senior person of branch or office in India shall be nominated as the AIR. In case, there is no such branch or office established in India or until it is established in India, the foreign manufacturer shall nominate an AIR in the prescribed format on firms’ letter-head. AIR is representative of one manufacturing firm only and does not represent other foreign manufacturers as AIR under the BIS Conformity Assessment schemes. However, in case of foreign manufacturers belonging to one group of companies and importers (related to the foreign manufacturer) nominated as AIR, this restriction shall not be applicable.

      The AIR should be an Indian national; resident of India. However, he can be a foreign national if employed in any office or branch of the manufacturer in India but should be residing in India.

      For SAARC countries, the payment can be made in USD or Indian Rupee (INR) with GST. For other countries, the payment should be made in USD only.

      No, it will not be accepted, only the test report as per relevant Indian Standard is to be accepted.

      . Average time taken for grant of licence is generally six months from the date of receipt of complete application and its recording. If all the documentation is submitted properly.

      No, separate application for each product or ISS is to be submitted for each factory location.

      No, separate application for each product or ISS is to be submitted for each factory location.

      No, Under FMCS scheme the application shall be made by the foreign manufacturer only.

      BIS certification under Scheme-I may be granted initially upto two years after payment of advance minimum marking fee. The licence is valid only for the varieties mentioned in the licence. For extension of validity and varieties covered in licence, application with requisite fee and documents under the existing licence is required to be submitted. Licence may be renewed upto five years from the last date of the validity.

      Compulsory registration scheme operated by the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) regulation, 2018, as per the BIS ACT 2016. This scheme aims to provide a boost to the rapidly expanding sectors of Electronic and IT, while protecting the Indian consumers from false and substandard products. entities importing Electronics and IT Products in India are required to obtain CRS Registration Certificate from BIS.

      MeitY also known as The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology looks after the compulsory registered scheme in the electronic and IT related products.
      Manufacturer and Importer of any product which comes under the jurisdiction of the Compulsory Registration Order (CRO) notified by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) or the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)

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