What is BIS Certificate?
The ‘BIS’ in BIS certification stands for the Bureau of Indian Standards and is the national Indian certification body under the umbrella of the Indian Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food & Public Distribution. This organization was formerly known as the Indian Standards Institution (ISI).
The agency is the largest of all Indian certification bodies and plays an increasingly important role in the standardization of quality standards. In this role it is responsible for a number of key certifications in the Indian market.
What products are covered by the BIS certification?
The list is constantly being extended and already covers a wide range of various product groups such as construction products and materials, household products, consumer and office electronics, dairy products and raw materials. It is to be expected that BIS will continue to take over more and more product certification areas from other authorities.
An up-to-date list of all products can be found on our BIS mandatory products page.
Does my product fall under BIS?
Since new products are constantly being added to the BIS catalogue, it makes sense to clarify certification requirements of the individual products with the authorities. In some cases, it even makes a difference where you register your product because for the moment, standards are changing so quickly, that the individual officials themselves are not always up to date.
You should therefore expect a somewhat longer clarification phase in advance. Please also note that for many products the respective manufacturer must have their own internal product testing facilities in order to achieve BIS certification!
How does the certification process work?
The BIS certification process always includes
2. Product tests in India
Depending on the type of certification and which products are affected, a factory inspection and follow-up tests may also be required. If a factory inspection is required, the auditors will select test samples during the audit, thus extending the certification process by several months. You can also find the products for which an audit is mandatory on our BIS certification process page.
The certification is valid for two years, but the frequency of following tests also depends on the type of product. Classification of a product can be complicated and should best be checked on an individual basis.