Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
Standardization is sine-qua-non for development of the national economy all over the world. The goals of quality are set by standardization. Generally the activity consists of the process of formulating, issuing and implementing standards. Standards have always been closely connected with exchange of goods and services between suppliers and consumers. Bureau of Indian Standards has provided traceable and tangible benefits to economy in a number of ways - providing safe, reliable, quality goods; minimizing health hazards to consumers; promote exports and imports substitute; control over proliferation of varieties etc.
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the National Standards Body has been successfully promoting and nurturing standards movement within the country since 1947. BIS came into existence on 01 April 1987 through an Act of Parliament dated 26 November 1986. It took over the staff, assets, liabilities and functions of the erstwhile Indian Standards Institution (ISI) with an enlarged scope and enhanced powers for harmonious development of activities of standardization, marking and quality certification of goods and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. Keeping in view, the interest of consumers as well as the industry, BIS is involved in various activities as given below:-
- Standards Formulation
- Certification : Product, Hallmarking and Systems
- Foreign Manufacturers Scheme
- Registration Scheme
- Testing & Calibration Services
- Sale of Indian Standards and other publications
- International Activities
- I-Care Activities (for consumer and industry)
- Promotional Activities
- Training Services
- Information services
- Financial: Resources - Mobilization and utilization
- Trade Facilitation Cell
- Library Services
BIS has its Headquarters at New Delhi and its 05 Regional Offices (ROs) are at Kolkata (Eastern), Chennai (Southern), Mumbai (Western), Chandigarh (Northern) and Delhi (Central). Under the Regional Offices are the Branch Offices (BOs) located at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Lucknow, Nagpur, Parwanoo, Patna, Pune, Rajkot, Raipur, Durgapur, Jamshedpur and Vishakhapatnam, which offer certification services to the industry and serve as effective link between State Governments, industries, technical institutions, consumer organizations etc. of the respective region.
The biggest challenge before BIS, as an apex body of formulating standards, is to be seen as a centre of excellence in bringing about qualitative changes in its functioning and relationship with different stakeholders. BIS with more than 500 qualified technical and scientific personnel and more than 25000 experts voluntarily associated with standardization activity, has made a very significant and valuable contribution to the orderly growth of the country’s economy. BIS has so far formulated over 19000 standards in various technology areas, which help the industry in upgrading the quality of their goods and services.
The changing scenario of globalization has necessitated the formulation and implementation of new standards, interaction with the industrial houses and service operators and generation of awareness amongst the consumers.
As a policy, the standards formulation activity of BIS has been harmonized with the relevant guidelines as laid down by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). BIS, being a signatory to the ‘Code of Good Practice for the preparation, adoption and application of standards’ has also accordingly aligned its standards formulation procedure.
The BIS product Certification Scheme is one of the largest in the world, with over 26500 licensees covering more than 900 products. It is in existence for more than 58 years. It allows the licensees to use the popular ISI mark on their product, which is synonymous with quality products. 90 products are under mandatory certification. BIS also operates Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme under which overseas manufacturers can be granted licence to use the BIS Standard Mark. At present, over 350 licenses have been granted for over 50 Indian Standards in 40 different countries.
An i-Care Programme has been launched at national level for effectively engaging with all stakeholders especially consumers, industry and market. I-Care Programme also aims at enhancing interaction with industries to solve their problem and encourage them to come forward to take licence from BIS.
A Scheme for Recognition of Consumer Organizations has been launched which will work on behalf of BIS for consumer protection/awareness.
A Scheme for Testing of Public Samples has been introduced whereby common consumer can get the ISI Mark product tested by BIS to reconfirm the quality of ISI marked product.
The procedure for Grant of Licence has been made simple and fast and brand wise grant of licence has been introduced.
Certification Schemes based on categorization of products in terms of risk to health; safety; environment; products from small scale to large scale industry; maturity of industry as a whole for the product etc. have been introduced. Registration Scheme for 15 Electronics and IT products as notified by the Department of Electronics and IT has been introduced and over 700 manufacturers have been granted registration in India and abroad.
Tatkal Scheme for fast and easy grant of license from BIS has been introduced for products under mandatory certification.
Categorization of licences into three categories namely, Star license, Normal license and Marginal license has been introduced whereby licensees are rated on the basis of their performance and less number of surveillance inspections is carried out on Star and Normal licenses as compared to marginal licences.
The license fee for small jewellers has been rationalized based on the location of the jeweller and the procedure for grant of licence has been simplified to encourage more jewellers to take licence from BIS.
Contact Details of Trade Facilitation Cell in BIS
Head (International Relations Department)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, info@ bis.org.in
Phone: +91 11 23231082, 23231102; Fax 23239399
Compulsory registration scheme for self-declaration of conformity
Hallmarking scheme for jewellers licence
Management system certification
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