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Background of ISI Mark Registration
There are a lot of products in the market and every day some new ones are being created. This makes it difficult to choose from and determine which ones are worth using and which among them are not. Therefore to give credibility to the authentic products and makes people aware of the harmful ones Bureau of Indian Standard came in to being. This job of this bureau is to test the quality of the product and its effects on the population-based on a prescribed scale and then provide it with a unique identity to make consumers task of selection easy. This mark of certification is known as ISI Mark Registration.
This mark certifies the Indian industrial items. Products carrying this mark imply that it adheres to the Indian Standards as referred to in IS: xxxx. This mark is created by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), a government body responsible for standardizing the products in India.
ISI or Indian Standard Institute has a 7 digit number (CM/L-xxxxxxx) allotted by the Bureau of Indian Standards. CM/L number is compulsory for ISI marks and without it cannot be sold in the Indian market. It is punishable to not have an ISI mark on products in India.
Procedure for procuring ISI Mark Registration:
The certification of products was passed to the Bureau of Indian Standards in 1986. All the manufacturers who aim to sell in India need to register and pass the BIS authentication process. There are two ways to apply for product certification by the manufacturer.
1. Giving the application to the BIS office. On receiving the application the BIS will assign an officer to evaluate the factory to ensure the manufacturer’s capability in producing goods as per the specified standards of the bureau for that category. The samples are collected and tested in the BIS labs. Once the satisfactory results are obtained the manufacturer is provided with the license and ISI number to be used on the product’s packaging.
2. In this method, the product’s test reports are submitted to BIS after getting it tested at the bureau’s lab and independently gets the documents certified. Now the job of BIS is to check the veracity of the report within one month and grant ISI certificate/license if it is found satisfactory
Documents required for ISI Mark Registration:
Like every application format, ISI licensing also requires certain documents that oil the process of registration. These are as follows;
Verification cum self-evaluation report
Certified copy of independent test report obtained from BIS approved labs
In case of partnership, partnership deed document or registration by company registrar
Concerned regulatory agency’s certificate like Chief controller of Explosives (CCE), drug controller, Central Insecticide Board (CIB)
If the firm is small scale then SSI certificate is also to be attached
Indemnity bond or undertaking on Non-judicial Rs 100 stamp paper as well as an application for blocking the number.
There are certain products manufactured in the market that are related to the safety, public health, large consumption by mass and therefore are mandatory for BIS certification. Examples of such products are cylinders, infant foods, gas valves, etc. These products manufacturers cannot apply for voluntary schemes of the ISI mark. Total of 16 categories is created by BIS that includes plastic components, packaged water, textile, food, automobile, electronics, etc. There is a possibility of adding more to it if someone requires so.
These 16 categories cater to approximately 19000, formulated products. They deal with the minute of detail when it comes to standardizing and leaves nothing to substandard. They focus on things like windshield wipers standards, sweets silver foil, and pavements precast concrete slabs, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. What is the Cost of ISI license?
Ans. To apply for the ISI license the manufacturer has to pay an application fee of Rs 1000 and Rs 4000 for the preliminary inspection, in the form of Demand Draft for Bureau of Indian Standards. Depending on the complexity of the product the agent may charge up to Rs15000 as their fee.
Q. What are the mandatory products that need to have ISI mark to be sold in India?
Ans. certain products are obligatory to pass the BIS standard before it could be sold in markets. They are electric appliances, electric motors, kitchen appliances, wires and cables, Portland cement, automotive tires, LPG related items (valves, cylinder, etc) and similar hazardous products.
Q. What are the chances of ISI mark being misused?
Ans. Like everything in the world, ISI mark copycats are also in existence and they provide fake ISI marks for products that were not approved by BIS. There are certain tell points to differentiate between true and fake ISI mark;
Fakes do not have 7- digit (CM/L-xxxxxxx)
The IS number situated at the top of the ISI mark is missing
Also sometimes fakes try to trick you by putting a small ISI mark on say, Grinder box, with the ISI code of the wire then this means that wire is BIS approved but not the grinder. Therefore it is important to check properly the marked ISI mark of the products before its purchase.
Q. Who can utilize the ISI mark?
Ans. All the products that need to be sold in India have to seek approval from the Bureau of Indian Standards before its launch. Once the product is approved it remains validated for 5 years and needs to be renewed before its expiration. There are mandatory products that affect the health and safety of the people like, electric items, LPG products, food items, etc, that need to be approved at all cost by the BIS or else it is punishable by the law. It is also important to be aware of ways of identifying the fake from the real ones.
Q. What is the duration of ISI license approval by the BIS?
Ans. The process of ISI license approval takes approximately 4 months from the day of the application being recorded by BIS and approximately 6 months from the all India First license for products.