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 (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. Conformity of the product to the relevant standard(s) is also established through third party laboratory testing or testing in the manufacturing premises or a combination of both.
There are two options available for obtaining BIS product certification licence under Scheme – I. For details, please see Guidelines for grant of licence
A.BIS accepts application for product certification in online mode only (including all payments). To submit your application, please visit our online portal, www.manakonlinein Before registering in the portal, you are advised to go through applicant user manual, FAQs related to portal at https://www.manakonline.in/MANAK/impLinks
Yes, the technical guidelines are available for all the products covered under Product Certification Scheme as ‘Product Manuals’. Product manuals include sampling guidelines, list of test equipments, Scheme of Inspection and Testing (SIT), description of scope etc. To search the desired Product Manual, please follows the web link: www.bis.gov.in>> Conformity Assessment >> Product Certification>> Product Specific Guidelines >> Product Manuals.
In case product specific guidelines and/or marking fee for your product is not defined, it is possible that you are the first manufacturer to apply for a BIS licence for new product. However, you will still be able to obtain BIS licence as per Scheme I of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulation, 2018. Basic principles and procedure for grant of licence will remain the same in such a case also with specific relaxation as provided in Guidelines for Grant of licence. BIS will interact with you throughout the certification process to define the product specific guidelines and marking fee rate. This will be called ‘All India First Licence’
No, separate application for each product and ISS is required to be submitted even for same factory location.
No, separate application for each factory location is required to be submitted, even if the product and ISS is same.
The test reports which are issued by only BIS or BIS recognized or empanelled laboratory for the product are acceptable for grant of a licence under option-2. To know details of laboratory for testing of a particular product, please visit http://18.104.22.168:8096/bis_access/iswise_v2.html
The test reports of the product shall not generally be more than 90 days old. For complete details please visit www.bis.gov.in>>Conformity assessment >> Product Certification >> Certification process >>Guideline for Grant of Licence.
The application is required to be submitted with an application fee of Rs. 1000. An inspection fee of Rs. 7,000 per man day is required to be paid before preliminary inspection visit by BIS. After evaluation and decision to grant the licence is taken by BIS, the applicant is required to deposit annual licence fee of Rs. 1000 plus the minimum marking fee specified for the product. The marking fee for each product is specified in Annexure I of Scheme I of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018 as amended by BIS (Conformity Assessment) Amendment Regulations, 2020.
Average time taken for grant of licence under option-2 is generally one month and under option-1 four months from the date of receipt of complete application and its recording. It
may vary for reasons like delay in response to queries raised, if any; organizing inspection(s); sample deposition, and fee dues, etc.
Conditions of BIS licence to use or apply a Standard Mark are as given in Regulation 6 of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018
In case of violation of conditions of licence, licence may be cancelled by the Bureau as per provision of Regulation 11 of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018.
BIS certification under Scheme-I may be granted initially upto two years which is valid only for the varieties mentioned in the licence. For extension of validity, application with requisite fee and documents under the existing licence is required to be submitted. Licence may be renewed up to five years from the last date of validity of licence.
Renewal of licence is required to be requested through online portal “manakonline” and is available through dashboard of the licence holder. Renewal application with production details for the relevant period (to calculate the actual marking fee), and the relevant fee is required to be submitted through online for renewal as per the period of renewal opted.
The renewal of licence can be deferred as per provision of Regulation 8 of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018, if the renewal application and fee is not received till the last date of validity of licence or if the licence is under suspension.
After grant of licence to a manufacturer, BIS carries out surprise factory surveillance inspections through visit to the factory by certification officers of BIS or by personnel of the Agents appointed by BIS as per Rule 33 of BIS Rules, 2018. During such visits, it is verified that the manufacturer continues to maintain the manufacturing infrastructure, process controls, quality control and testing capabilities and conformity of the product to the relevant standard(s). Testing of the product samples in factory is also witnessed during such visits.
Sample of ISI marked product is also drawn from the factory for verifying conformity to relevant ISS through third party laboratory testing. BIS also carries out market surveillance through purchase of samples of ISI marked product for verifying conformity of the product to relevant ISS through third party laboratory testing.
BIS licence holder is required to extend co-operation to the certification officers of BIS or personnel of the agents appointed by BIS to carry out surveillance inspection. The licence holder shall also share relevant records and information sought . He would also facilitate testing in the factory and drawl of samples for independent testing in third party lab. The licence holder shall be required to deposit samples to the designated laboratory as per advice of the officer
No, one licence is granted by BIS for one product/one Indian Standard (however, the licence may cover more than one variety/grade/size etc. specified/covered in the standard). The products and its varieties on which Standard Mark can be used is mentioned in the “Scope of licence” granted to you. It cannot be used for other product varieties not covered in the scope. However, you can get the scope of licence changed (inclusion or deletion of varieties) with reference to the standard against which licence has been granted and as per applicable relevant guidelines. For change in the existing scope of product licence (addition/ deletion of varieties), please visit:www.bis.gov.in>>Conformity Assessment >>Product Certification >> Certification process >>Guideline for Change in Scope of Licence.
No, one licence is granted by BIS for one product/one Indian Standard (however, the licence may cover more than one variety/grade/size etc. specified/covered in the standard). The products and its varieties on which Standard Mark can be used is mentioned in the “Scope of licence” granted to you. It cannot be used for other product varieties not covered in the scope. However, you can get the scope of licence changed (inclusion or deletion of varieties) with reference to the standard against which licence has been granted and as per applicable relevant guidelines. For change in the existing scope of product licence (addition/ deletion of varieties), please visit: www.bis.gov.in>>Conformity Assessment >>Product Certification >> Certification process >>Guideline for Change in Scope of Licence.
BIS licence holder is required to inform BIS of its intentions of shifting of the manufacturing unit to a new address with relevant documents for the new premises similar to the documents submitted at the time of application to BIS for grant of licence. The licensee on its own shall suspend the use of the Standard Mark under intimation to the Bureau on relocation of manufacturing unit to new premises. The revocation of suspension may be done by the Bureau after verification of the old premises and verification of production process at new premises as per provision of paragraph 11 (3) & (4) of scheme I of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018.
The licence can be suspended under provisions of paragraph 11 of scheme I and Regulation 10 of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018.
The licence can be cancelled under provisions of Regulation 11 of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018.
The Indian standards are formulated and revised by BIS through consensus in technical committees. BIS licensee can participate in this process by becoming a member of the technical committee and may send comments to the concerned technical department through mail/BIS website.
Generally, products meant for export are exempted from the ambit of Quality Control Orders (QCOs). However, before you decide, it is advised to confirm from the respective QCO which are available at BIS website and at websites of respective ministries/organizations. You may also contact respective ministries on this issue
A: BIS licence is granted to a manufacturer not an importer. If your product is covered under mandatory certification, the manufacturer in foreign country will be required to obtain a licence from BIS under Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS) of BIS
The Quality Control Orders as per which steel products are brought under compulsory BIS certification are issued by Ministries/departments of the Central Government such as Ministry of Steel and DPIIT. Requests for such exemption or technical clarification regarding the applicability of Quality Control Orders on your product may be addressed to the concerned Ministry/Department and not BIS. (Ministry of Steel has constituted a technical committee to deal with such issues where technical clarification can be sought by importers).
Penal provisions for the use of ISI mark without a valid license are as laid down in sub-section (3) of section 29 of BIS Act, 2016.
For a product which has been notified for compulsory certification by the Central Government, penal provisions for manufacturing or selling the product without ISI mark and without a valid licence are as laid down in sub-section (3) of section 29 of BIS Act, 2016.
Provision of Appeal is as given in section 34 of BIS Act, 2016 and as detailed in Rule 37 of BIS Rules, 2018.