BIS – Bureau of Indian Standards

Updated on: Jul 21st, 2021 - 8:34:49 AM

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Every customer wishes to get value for the products they purchase. Keeping this in mind, the Government of India has established a body known as the Bureau Of Indian Standards (hereinafter called BIS). BIS lays down standards (Indian Standards) with regard to the quality and safety of the goods. Further, those products which adhere to the standards mentioned by BIS are certified. The BIS reviews the Indian Standards once in 5 years. BIS was formerly called the Indian Standards Institution and is a founder member of the ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation). BIS oversees the following activities :

  • Standards Formulation
  • Product Certification Scheme
  • Compulsory Registration Scheme
  • Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme
  • Hall Marking Scheme
  • Laboratory Services
  • Laboratory Recognition Scheme
  • Sale of Indian Standards
  • Consumer Affairs Activities
  • Promotional Activities
  • Training Services, National & International level
  • Information Services

Unless specifically mentioned, the adoption of Indian Standards is voluntary. However, an Indian Standard shall be binding if it is mentioned in the contract or made mandatory either by law or orders of the Government.

Inspection of goods, article, process, system or service:

  • The Bureau may carry out inspections, with respect to products or services where certification to Indian Standards is mandatory.
  • The inspections may be in India or outside India
  • The quality control system, records may be inspected. Further, the BIS may also test samples.

Who can apply for registration?

  • Manufacturers of notified products located in India or outside India under Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS). However, a –
    • Separate Registration for products manufactured at different locations.
    • Separate Registration for each brand manufactured at the same location is needed

List of products to be compulsorily registered is available at

What are the steps for registration?

steps for registration of BIS

Additional Points to remember

  • Foreign applicants with no liaison office or branch office located in India have to appoint Authorised Indian Representative
  • All applicants located in India, as well as authorised Indian Representatives of applicants located outside India, have to submit an affidavit cum undertaking in the prescribed format.

Documents to be submitted with the Application

Acknowledgement  Copy of the acknowledgement received from the portal screenshot of the online file submission
Address Proof1) Business License or
2) Any other document issued by the Government
 Fees1) Demand Draft along with the photocopy of DD
2) NEFT Details
Signatory for Application If Application is not signed by the CEO, authority letter from CEO (Authorised signatory needs to be an employee)
Form VI Form to be filled online(Signed and sealed)
Brand Name

Registered Brands

Unregistered brands

 Owned by themselves- Registration Certificate  Copy of TM application, if applied for
 Owned by others – Authorisation letter / agreement from the brand owner  If owned by others – Authorisation letter/ agreement from the brand owner
Undertaking Please attach the undertaking
Affidavit Foreign Manufacturer – Nomination Form of the Authorised Representative sealed and signed

Liaison Office/Branch Office of the applicant is in India

Brand owner or registered user of the brand is in India

Other entity is nominated

Proof: Liason/ Branch Office is in India – Certificate from the Registrar of Companies or any statutory document Proof: Document proving the nominee as the Brand Owner or Proprietor or Registered User of the respective Brand/Trademark Declaration: Brand owner does not have a proprietor/registered user of brand in India.
Affidavit cum undertaking as per Format A (On Rs 100/-non-judicial stamp paper and notarized) + authorization Letter- From the authorized employee of the office Proof: To authenticate the identity of the nominee (Certificate issued by Registrar of Companies, etc); Proof: Legal status of the entity) – Document such as Certificate issued by Registrar of Companies, Registered Partnership Deed, etc;
ID Proof of the affidavit signatory Affidavit cum undertaking as per Format B (On Rs 100/-non-judicial stamp paper and notarized) + Authorization Letter – From the Brand Owner/Proprietor/ Registered User of the Brand/Trademark located in India or its CEO/MD/authorized employee. ffidavit cum undertaking as per Format B (on Rs 100/-non-judicial stamp paper and notarized) + Authorization Letter by the CEO/MD/authorized employee of the said entity located in India.
ID Proof of the affidavit signatory ID Proof of the affidavit signatory
Indian manufacturer

  • Affidavit as per Format C

  • Authorization letter from the CEO.if affidavit is signed by authorised signatory who should be an employee of the company

  • ID Proof – Affidavit signatory

Test ReportPlease attach the test report

BIS portal for others

The BIS Portal is not just for manufacturers. An unhappy consumer of a BIS Certified Product can raise a complaint online on the portal. The complaint can be lodged on the following:

  • Quality of BIS certified product.
  • Products under Registration Scheme.
  • Hallmarked products.
  • Services of BIS
  • Activities of BIS such as Standard Formulation, Product and Management Systems Certification, Laboratory testing etc.
  • Unauthorized use of BIS Standard Mark by licensees/applicants/others.
  • Irregularities in operation and misuse of license by BIS licensees.
  • False/misleading advertisements and claims by licensees/applicants/non-licensees.
  • Delays in grant/renewal of licenses and delays in inclusion of additional varieties.
  • Services rendered by BIS officers and employees.

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