To protect consumer’s interest , BIS operates various conformity assessment schemes. Under these schemes, BIS grants licenses/registrations to such manufacturers who are capable of producing goods conforming to relevant Indian Standards, on continuous basis. To support these scheme, which requires testing of products on regular basis for checking conformity to the relevant Indian Standards, BIS has established a network of eight laboratories. For list of BIS laboratories click here
As it is neither physically possible nor economically viable for BIS laboratories to develop testing facilities for each and every product covered under BIS Product Certification Scheme, a Laboratory Recognition Scheme (LRS) has been formulated with the objective of having sufficient number of outside laboratories in India and abroad to cater to the needs of Product Certification Scheme.
The Laboratory Recognition Scheme is is governed by the provisions under Section 13 (4) of The BIS Act 2016 and the BIS Rules, 2017 [32 (2), (3) & (4). These statutory provisions confer upon BIS, powers to recognize any laboratory in India or in any other country for carrying out testing of samples in relation to use of the Standard Mark and such other functions as may be necessary. The Rules also provide for de-recognition of a recognized laboratory by the Bureau for non-fulfillment of any condition laid down at the time of recognition. The guidelines for recognition and de-recognition of the laboratories have been laid down in this Scheme. BIS also maintains a record of such laboratories as are recognized by it for testing of samples of articles or processes in relation to relevant Indian Standards.