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ISI Mark

ISI stands for the Indian Standards Institute, a body set up when India gained Independence to create standards needed for orderly commercial growth and maintaining quality in industrial production. Certification for ISI mark is given by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the National Standards Body of India, involved in the development of technical standards (popularly known as Indian Standards), product quality.


An ISI Mark isn’t mandatory (unless you are making an item that falls on the mandatory list - long list to mention here that includes edible items, cement, certain home appliances, certain car parts, steel products, etc.)there are 16 broad categories, including textiles, packaged water, food, automobile components, plastic products and electronics for which BIS has laid down standards. If anyone wants to add a new category to the current list, they can apply for it. There are 19,000 standards formulated for products across the 16 categories.

The broad areas under certification are:
Textiles
Chemicals and Pesticides
Rubber and Plastic products
 Cement and concrete products
 Building materials
Pumping, irrigation, drainage and sewage equipment
Pipes and fittings for water supply
Basic metals and fabricated metal products
Machinery and equipment
Electrical,electronics and optical equipment
Automotive components
Agriculture, food and tobaccos
Black tea and beverages
Packaged drinking water and Natural mineral water
Leather products
Wood products
Paper and pulp products
Testing instruments

However, even if not mandatory for you, getting an ISI Mark is always a good idea as it exists for almost all kinds of products. Any manufacturer who feels confident enough that his product has the ability to meet the BIS standard can apply for product certification.

Having an ISI Mark distinguishes your products from other non-mark products. Considering how well known the ISI Mark is, a customer is bound to choose your products over the other non-mark products if has the ISI certification.

PROCESS:

Submitting an application at the nearest BIS office. A BIS officer will then evaluate at the factory level, the capability of the manufacturer to produce goods according to the standards laid down for the category. Samples are tested at the factory and outside. If the evaluation is satisfactory and the product passes the tests, a license is granted and the manufacturer can use the coveted ISI mark.

The manufacturer provides test reports to BIS after it gets the product tested in the bureau’s labs and gets the necessary documents certified independently. BIS is supposed to check the veracity of the reports within a month and grant a license for usage of the ISI mark.
While product certification is otherwise voluntary, there is, however, a list of items which for reasons of public health, safety or mass nature of consumption are mandatory certified by BIS. These include gas valves and cylinders and infant food. Manufacturers of such products can’t apply for ISI mark under the voluntary scheme.

Documents and Information required for grant of License Under Product Certification Scheme of BIS

Self Evaluation -cum- Verification Report.
Copy of test report(s), duly authenticated, from independent BIS recognized laboratory indicating conformance of the product to relevant Indian Standard(s). It shall not be more than one month old.
Document authenticating establishment of the firm, such as Registration by Company Registrar or State Authority or Memorandum of Article in case Applicant Firm is a Limited Company or Partnership Deed in case the applicant firm is under Partnership.
Certificate from concerned regulatory agencies like Central Insecticide Board (CIB), Chief Controller of Explosive (CCE) and Drug Controller etc., as applicable.
SSI Certificate in case firm is a small scale unit (if concession in Marking Fee is required).
Drawing of the product (as applicable).
Pay Order/Demand Draft in favour of Bureau of Indian Standards payable at Mumbai for:
Rs. 1000/= + Taxes, as applicable (Application Fee)
Rs. 7000/= + Taxes, as applicable (Preliminary Inspection Charges).

Undertaking and Indemnity Bond on non-judicial stamp paper of the value of Rs. 100/- along with the application with a request for blocking license number. Specimen of the undertaking/bond is enclosed. Furnishing of such undertaking-cum-Indemnity Bond by the Proprietor/Partner of the form is a must for the products under mandatory certification.

Note

Application to be submitted in duplicate duly stamped and signed by proprietor / partner / MD / authorized   signatory of the firm indicating name & designation.
Clearly indicate product variety to be covered (type/grade/declared parameters etc. and related IS).
In case of shifting of manufacturing premises, BIS shall be informed.
Mention complete office and factory address.
Mention complete office and factory address.
Give details of previous application for this product if applied earlier. State whether application was closed / rejected with reason.
Give details of license held earlier if any. State whether license was cancelled / expired with reason.
Give details of any legal case filed by BIS if any. State whether convicted by Court at any time in such cases.
All Visits/Inspections till grant of license are chargeable @ Rs 3000 per day per person (except Preliminary Inspection for which Rs. 4000/= are chargeable).
Testing charges of sample(s) are to be paid at the time of drawl of sample.
Submit undertaking with respect to acceptance of Scheme of Testing and Inspection at the time of Verification Visit.
The application is liable to be rejected, if the information submitted by you along with your application is found to be incorrect.
If the documents are in language other than English / Hindi, a translation in English/ Hindi should be provided.
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