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The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the national Standards Body of India working under the aegis of Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India. It is established by the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986 which came into effect on 23 December 1986.[2] The Minister in charge of the Ministry or Department having administrative control of the BIS is the ex-officio President of the BIS.

Bureau of Indian Standards
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Agency overview
Formed23 December 1986; 32 years ago (1986-12-23)
HeadquartersManak Bhawan
Agency executive
  • Surina Rajan IAS, Director General[1]
Parent agencyMinistry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

The organisation was formerly the Indian Standards Institution (ISI), set up under the Resolution of the then Department of Industries and Supplies No. 1 Std.(4)/45, dated 3 September 1946. The ISI was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

As a corporate body, it has 25 members drawn from Central or State Governments, industry, scientific and research institutions, and consumer organisations. Its headquarters are in New Delhi, with regional offices in Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Delhi and 20 branch offices. It also works as WTO-TBT enquiry point for India.[3]


Regulatory FrameworkEdit

National Building Code of India, 2005Edit

It is a comprehensive building code for regulating the building construction activities across the country which was first published in 1970.[4] Preliminary Draft Amendment No. 1 to NBC 2005 Part 11 "Approach to Sustainability" was put into circulation a preliminary draft amendment and BIS accepted the feedback from people till 15 March 2013.

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Indian Standards Bill, 2015Edit

The Bill was passed on 8 March 2016 by the Rajya Sabha.[5] The new Bill will repeal the existing Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986. The main objectives of the proposed legislation are:

  • To establish the Bureau of Indian standards(BIS) as the National Standards Body of India.
  • The Bureau to perform its functions through a governing council, which will consist of President and other members.
  • To include goods, services and systems, besides articles and processes under the standardization regime.
  • To enable the government to bring under the mandatory certification regime for such articles, processes or service which it considers necessary from the point of view of health, safety, environment, prevention of deceptive practices, consumer security etc. This will help consumers receive ISI certified products and will also help in prevention of import of sub-standard products.
  • To allow multiple types of simplified conformity assessment schemes including self-declaration of conformity (SDOC) against any standard which will give multiple simplified options to manufacturers to adhere to standards and get a certificate of conformity, thus improving the 'ease of doing business'.
  • To enable the Central Government to appoint any authority in addition to the Bureau of Indian Standards, to verify the conformity of products and services to a standard and issue certificate of conformity.
  • To enable the Government to implement mandatory hallmarking of precious metals articles.
  • To strengthen penal provisions for better effective compliance and enable compounding of offences for violations.
  • To provide recall, including product liability of products bearing the Standard Mark, but not conforming to relevant Indian Standards.
  • Repeal of the BIS Act of 1986.
  • The Bureau of Indian Standards Act 2016 received the assent of the President on 21 March 2016[6]


National Institute of Training for Standardization (NITS)Edit

It is a training institute of BIS which is set up in 1995. It is functioning from Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.[7] The primary activities of NITS are:-

  • In-House and Open Training Programme for Industry
  • International Training Programme for Developing Countries (Commonwealth countries)
  • Training Programme to its employees.



To support the activities of product certification, BIS has a chain of 8 laboratories. These laboratories have established testing facilities for products of chemical, food, electrical and mechanical disciplines. Approximately, 25000 samples are being tested in the BIS laboratories every year. In certain cases where it is economically not feasible to develop test facilities in BIS laboratories and also for other reasons like overloading of samples, equipment being out of order, the services of outside approved laboratories are also being availed. Except for the two labs, all the other labs are NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratiories) accredited. It operates a laboratory recognition scheme also.

Small Scale Industry Facilitation CellEdit

SSI Facilitation Cell became operational since 26 May 1997. The aim of the Cell is to assist the small scale entrepreneurs who are backbone of the Indian industry. It has an incentive scheme to promote such units to get certified with ISI Mark.

Grievance CellEdit

If any customer reports about the degraded quality of any certified product at Grievance Cell, BIS HQs, BIS gives redressal to the customer.

Collaboration with international standards bodiesEdit

BIS is a founder member of International Organisation for Standardization (IOS). It represents India in the International Organization for Standardization (IOS), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the World Standards Service Network (WSSN).


Standard formulation and promotionEdit

One of the major functions of the Bureau is the formulation, recognition and promotion of the Indian Standards. As on 01 January 2019, over 20,000 Standards have been formulated by BIS, are in force. These cover important segments of economy, which help the industry in upgrading the quality of their products and services.

BIS has identified 14 sectors which are important to Indian Industry. For formulation of Indian Standard, it has separate Division Council to oversee and supervise the work. The Standards are regularly reviewed and formulated in line with the technological development to maintain harmony with the International Standards.

BIS also defines standards for 'Acche Din' or Good days promised by PM Narendra Modi. BIS evaluates progress towards attaining Acche Din.

Product CertificationEdit

For Indian manufacturersEdit

Product Certifications are to be obtained voluntarily. For, some of the products like Milk powder, Drinking Water, LPG Cylinders, etc., certification is mandatory. Because these products are concerned with health and safety.[8]

For foreign manufacturersEdit

Foreign manufacturers of products who intend to export to India also may obtain a BIS product certification license. For some products various Indian government ministries/departments/agencies makes its compulsory to have BIS certification. Towards this, BIS launched its Product Certification Scheme for overseas manufacturers in the year 2000, which is called Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme. Under the provisions of this scheme, foreign manufacturers can seek certification from BIS for marking their product(s) with BIS Standard Mark. The foreign manufacturer needs to appoint an Authorised Indian Representative who will be an Indian Resident to act as an agent between BIS and the manufacturer.

For Indian importersEdit

Indian importers who intend to get Certification Mark may apply for the license. However, the assessment visit is paid to the original product manufacturer.[9]

Management System CertificationEdit

  • Quality Management System Certification Scheme IS/ISO 9001.
  • Environmental Management System Certification Scheme IS/ISO 14001.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management System Certification Scheme IS 18001.
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Scheme IS 15000.
  • Food Safety Management System Certification IS/ISO 22000.
  • Service Quality Management System Certification Scheme IS 15700.
  • Energy Management System Certification Scheme IS/ISO 50001.
  • Medical Devices Management System Certification Scheme IS/ISO 13485.
  • Social Accountability Management System Certification Scheme IS 16001.
  • Integrated Management System Certification Scheme.
  • Road Traffic Safety Management System Certification Scheme IS/ISO 39001.
  • Ready Mixed Concrete Certification Scheme.
  • Integrated Milk Certification Scheme.
  • Adventure Tourism Safety Management System Certification Scheme IS/ISO 21101.
  • Food Safety Auditing as per Food Safety and Standards (Food Safety Audit) Regulations, 2018


External linksEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Message from Director General". Official website. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  2. ^ "The Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986". Bureau of Indian Standards. 23 December 1986. Archived from the original on 19 October 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  3. ^ BIS Annual Report 2006-07
  4. ^ "National Building Code updated". The Hindu. Thiruvananthapuram, India. 16 September 2006. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Parliament clears Bureau of Indian Standards Bill 2015". Business Standard. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
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  8. ^ "Bureau of Indian Standards". India Portal, National Informatics Centre, Indian Government. Archived from the original on 7 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Quality Management System and Certification". Business Portal of Indian Government, National Informatics Centre. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.