BIS Registration and Certification
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in India has two certification schemes for foreign manufacturers: the Indian Standards Institute Certification Scheme (ISI) and the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS). The two schemes cover different products. The BIS registration under CRS covers almost all gadgets and IT products, but also
solar technology, LEDs and control technologies. Due to sometimes large technological differences, test costs vary. However, since BIS certification according to CRS, unlike ISI, does not include a factory inspection, the certification costs are significantly lower.
There are currently around 90 mandatory standards in the CRS scheme of BIS certification, and this number is increasing. In 2020 alone, 20 new standards requiring certification were added, and for the first time, industrial electronics are also covered by BIS under CRS. The best way to find out if your product is subject to certification is to search for it in the “Find Your Product” section. The BIS registration certification process consists of application, testing in India and the application of the BIS standard logo on the product’s label. Testing costs are largely in the high three or low four figures, but can increase another factor for certain products.
BIS Registration and Certification
As described above, registration has four main steps:
- Submit application documents
- Carry out product testing in India
- Obtain certification
- include the BIS Standard logo on the label.
When completing the application documents, note that all information must be in English. Any documents from the manufacturer (e.g. extract from the commercial register) must also be translated into English.
Furthermore, an Authorised Indian Representative (AIR) must also be appointed for some formal steps in the registration process for BIS registration under CRS. However, it is sufficient to mention one in the application form (Construction Data Form – CDF) and of course we can provide one if you do not have a branch in India.
After successful completion of the tests and issuance of the certificate, you will receive the information on how to be marked. This is the BIS standard logo and it is sufficient to include this on the label:
The BIS certificate is always valid for two years and can be renewed relatively easily thereafter. At any time during the certificate’s validity, the authority can carry out random tests on products available on the market to ensure that the product has not been altered (so-called “BIS Surveillance”).
BIS Registration (CRS) Marking Logo
Ans: You can check our list of BIS mandatory products . The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) website also has an overview of products that fall under the compulsory registration scheme in India.
We recommend to check with BIS as Indian standards and regulations often change. We can assist you here.
Ans: YDepending if an audit is necessary for your product certification, the process takes either 2-3 months (without audit for BIS-CRS) or 4-6 months (including audit for BIS-ISI).
Ans: The certificates are valid for 2 years. During these two years BIS can randomly request product testing to be conducted.
Ans: Testing for certification follows a certain IS Standard. Therefore, we recommend checking the appropriate product standard and understand the Indian regulations. We are always happy to help if there are any questions.
Ans: The audit always takes place at the production facility of the product. If production is done at multiple locations, the factory where the last quality ensuring production step takes place needs to be audited.