Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS): India’s Authority for Quality and Standardization
Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) is a statuary body established under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016.
BIS has been identified as the “National Standard Body of India” and is regulated under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public distribution and Government of India.
The main objective of BIS is to carry out standard developments, product certifications, training services, etc.
However, the primary and dominant objective of BIS is to formulate Indian standards for product certification.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, formerly known as DeitY (Department of Electronics and Information Technology), introduced a scheme called CRS (Compulsory Registration Scheme) in 2012
This scheme was specifically implemented for electronics and IT products. It aimed to regulate and mandate the registration of such products.
The scheme then covered first 15 electronics and IT products under the phase I. At present, there are more than 70 products notified under the scheme.
Any product that falls under the purview of the scheme is required to undergo mandatory in-country testing in accordance with the relevant Indian standards.
Following successful testing, the product goes through a streamlined registration process until the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) assigns a unique registration number.
Notified product categories
|Products covered under||Implementation date|
|Phase I||03rd July 2013|
|Phase II||13th Sept 2015|
|Phase III||23rd May 2018|
|Phase IV||01st Apr 2021|
|Phase V||01st Oct 2021|
|Ministry of New and renewable energy||31st Mar 2019|
|Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprise||11th Nov 2022|
|Ministry of Chemical & Fertilizer||12th Dec 2021 for Ortho Phosphoric acid 24th Jun 22 for Polyphosphoric acid|
Overseas manufacturers are required to have a local representative in India and to tackle the disputed or concerns arise at the of BIS submission. AIR has to be available at the time of any queries to answer on the behalf of foreign manufacturers.
The following entities can be appointed:
Local/branch/liaison office of foreign manufacturer in India
Local/branch/liaison office of brand owner in India
Local importer/distributer having marketing tie up with factory or brand
Ensure compliance, expand market access, and build customer trust.