Frequently Asked Questions

Licence means a licence granted under Section 13 of BIS Act 2016 to use a specified Standard Mark in relation to any goods or article which conforms to a standard.

You can search for the Indian Standard against a product at the URL:https://www.services.bis.gov.in/php/BIS_2.0/bisconnect/knowyourstandards/indian_standards/isdetails

Products are brought under compulsory certification by the Central Government as per the provision of BIS Act, 2016 or other Acts. Detail of products which are covered under compulsory BIS certification is available at https://www.bis.gov.in/index.php/products-under-compulsory-certification/ If your product is in this list, it is compulsory for you to get a BIS licence for it. .

For obtaining BIS licence, the manufacturer must have requisite manufacturing infrastructure, appropriate process controls, quality control and testing capabilities for the product as per relevant Indian Standard Specification (ISS). The product shall also conform to all requirements laid down in the ISS.

The Bureau grants the licence based on successful assessment of the manufacturing infrastructure, process controls, quality control and testing capabilities of the manufacturer through a visit to its manufacturing premises. Conformity of the product to the relevant standard(s) is also established through third party laboratory testing or testing in the manufacturing premises or a combination of both.

There are two options available for obtaining BIS product certification licence under Scheme – I. For details, please see Guidelines for grant of licence

A.BIS accepts application for product certification in online mode only (including all payments). To submit your application, please visit our online portal, www.manakonlinein Before registering in the portal, you are advised to go through applicant user manual, FAQs related to portal at https://www.manakonline.in/MANAK/impLinks

Yes, the technical guidelines are available for all the products covered under Product Certification Scheme as ‘Product Manuals’. Product manuals include sampling guidelines, list of test equipments, Scheme of Inspection and Testing (SIT), description of scope etc. To search the desired Product Manual, please follows the web link: www.bis.gov.in>> Conformity Assessment >> Product Certification>> Product Specific Guidelines >> Product Manuals.

In case product specific guidelines and/or marking fee for your product is not defined, it is possible that you are the first manufacturer to apply for a BIS licence for new product. However, you will still be able to obtain BIS licence as per Scheme I of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulation, 2018. Basic principles and procedure for grant of licence will remain the same in such a case also with specific relaxation as provided in Guidelines for Grant of licence. BIS will interact with you throughout the certification process to define the product specific guidelines and marking fee rate. This will be called ‘All India First Licence’

No, separate application for each product and ISS is required to be submitted even for same factory location.

No, separate application for each factory location is required to be submitted, even if the product and ISS is same.

The test reports which are issued by only BIS or BIS recognized or empanelled laboratory for the product are acceptable for grant of a licence under option-2. To know details of laboratory for testing of a particular product, please visit

The test reports of the product shall not generally be more than 90 days old. For complete details please visit www.bis.gov.in>>Conformity assessment >> Product Certification >> Certification process >>Guideline for Grant of Licence.

It shall be mandatory for the applicant to deposit the application fee (Rs. 1000/-), fee for the Factory inspection (Rs. 7000/- per man day) and 50% of the minimum marking fee (notified separately for each product) at the time of submission of application. For details on product specific marking fee please visit the URL https://www.bis.gov.in/index.php/product-certification/product-certification-fee/

Process of grant of licence is expected to be completed within 90 days from the date of receipt of the application for Option I and within 30 days from the date of receipt of the application for Option II, provided the documentation, assessment of the unit and conformity of the product is established satisfactorily at the first instance during various stages.

Conditions of BIS licence to use or apply a Standard Mark are as given in Regulation 6 of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018

In case of violation of conditions of licence, licence may be cancelled by the Bureau as per provision of Regulation 11 of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018.

Under the Scheme-I of the BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018, the licence to use Standard Mark shall be granted initially for not less than one year and upto two years. The licence may be renewed for a further period of not less than one year and up to five years

Renewal of licence is required to be requested through online portal “manakonline” and is available through dashboard of the licence holder. Renewal application with production details for the relevant period (to calculate the actual marking fee), and the relevant fee is required to be submitted through online for renewal as per the period of renewal opted.

The renewal of licence can be deferred as per provision of Regulation 8 of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018, if the renewal application and fee is not received till the last date of validity of licence or if the licence is under suspension.

After grant of licence to a manufacturer, BIS carries out surprise factory surveillance inspections through visit to the factory by certification officers of BIS or by personnel of the Agents appointed by BIS as per Rule 33 of BIS Rules, 2018. During such visits, it is verified that the manufacturer continues to maintain the manufacturing infrastructure, process controls, quality control and testing capabilities and conformity of the product to the relevant standard(s). Testing of the product samples in factory is also witnessed during such visits.
Sample of ISI marked product is also drawn from the factory for verifying conformity to relevant ISS through third party laboratory testing. BIS also carries out market surveillance through purchase of samples of ISI marked product for verifying conformity of the product to relevant ISS through third party laboratory testing.

BIS licence holder is required to extend co-operation to the certification officers of BIS or personnel of the agents appointed by BIS to carry out surveillance inspection. The licence holder shall also share relevant records and information sought . He would also facilitate testing in the factory and drawl of samples for independent testing in third party lab. The licence holder shall be required to deposit samples to the designated laboratory as per advice of the officer

Non-cooperation by the manufacturing unit during factory surveillance is a violation of terms & Conditions of BIS license which may lead to suspension and/or cancellation of license as per extant rules and regulations.

No, one licence is granted by BIS for one product/one Indian Standard (however, the licence may cover more than one variety/grade/size etc. specified/covered in the standard). The products and its varieties on which Standard Mark can be used is mentioned in the “Scope of licence” granted to you. It cannot be used for other product varieties not covered in the scope. However, you can get the scope of licence changed (inclusion or deletion of varieties) with reference to the standard against which licence has been granted and as per applicable relevant guidelines.
For change in the existing scope of product licence (addition/ deletion of varieties), please visit: www.bis.gov.in>>Conformity Assessment >>Product Certification >> Certification process >>Guideline for Change in Scope of Licence.

BIS licence holder is required to inform BIS of its intentions of shifting of the manufacturing unit to a new address with relevant documents for the new premises similar to the documents submitted at the time of application to BIS for grant of licence. The licensee on its own shall suspend the use of the Standard Mark under intimation to the Bureau on relocation of manufacturing unit to new premises. The revocation of suspension may be done by the Bureau after verification of the old premises and verification of production process at new premises as per provision of paragraph 11 (3) & (4) of scheme I of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018.

The licence can be suspended under provisions of paragraph 11 of scheme I and Regulation 10 of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018.

The licence can be cancelled under provisions of Regulation 11 of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018.

The Indian standards are formulated and revised by BIS through consensus in technical committees. BIS licensee can participate in this process by becoming a member of the technical committee and may send comments to the concerned technical department through mail/BIS website.

Generally, products meant for export are exempted from the ambit of Quality Control Orders (QCOs). However, before you decide, it is advised to confirm from the respective QCO which are available at BIS website and at websites of respective ministries/organizations. You may also contact respective ministries on this issue

A: BIS licence is granted to a manufacturer not an importer. If your product is covered under mandatory certification, the manufacturer in foreign country will be required to obtain a licence from BIS under Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS) of BIS

To check whether the ISI Mark is genuine or not, you may check the IS No above the ISI mark and the licence number marked on the product or the packaging. Verification of the licence number marked on the product can be checked from following link https://www.bis.gov.in/index.php/product-certification/online-information/

If the licence number is not marked on the product, the marking is not genuine and you may complaint about it to BIS online at https://www.bis.gov.in/index.php/consumer-overview/consumeroverviews/online-complaint-registration/ or write to BIS at BIS Consumer Affairs Department, 9 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110002,India or may visit nearby Branch/Regional Office. To know nearby BIS office, please visit www.bis.gov.in or call at +91 11 23230131, 23233375, 23239402
To know which ISI Mark is genuine, you may visit BIS website or at https://www.bis.gov.in/index.php/consumer-overview/consumer-overviews/enforcement-activities/

The Quality Control Orders as per which steel products are brought under compulsory BIS certification are issued by Ministries/departments of the Central Government such as Ministry of Steel and DPIIT. Requests for such exemption or technical clarification regarding the applicability of Quality Control Orders on your product may be addressed to the concerned Ministry/Department and not BIS. (Ministry of Steel has constituted a technical committee to deal with such issues where technical clarification can be sought by importers).

Penal provisions for the use of ISI mark without a valid license are as laid down in sub-section (3) of section 29 of BIS Act, 2016.

For a product which has been notified for compulsory certification by the Central Government, penal provisions for manufacturing or selling the product without ISI mark and without a valid licence are as laid down in sub-section (3) of section 29 of BIS Act, 2016.

Provision of Appeal is as given in section 34 of BIS Act, 2016 and as detailed in Rule 37 of BIS Rules, 2018.

i) Is each product required to be marked with BIS Standard Mark ?

Each product shall be marked with the Standard Mark, as specified in Annexure-II of Scheme-I of Schedule-II of BIS CA Regulations, 2018. To view the Regulation, please visit BIS website www.bis.gov.in and follow following path: About us>> BIS Act, Rules and Regulations>>The Bureau of Indian Standards (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018

ii) What should be the design of the Standard Mark?

The design of Standard Mark shall be identical to the facsimile given in the licence document issued by BIS Branch Office at the time of grant of licence.

iii) Is decrease or increase in size of Standard Mark permitted?

The photographic enlargement or reduction of the Standard Mark in relative proportions given in Annexure-II of Scheme-I of Schedule-II of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018, is permitted.

iv) What should be the manner of marking the Standard mark?

The Standard Mark shall carry the licence number and reference to the Indian Standard in a visible manner and shall be as specified in the licence document. IS Number (e.g. IS 9436) appears at the top of the Standard Mark and Licence number (e.g. CM/L- XXXXXXXXXX) appears beneath the Standard Mark. In case the licence number cannot be placed beneath the Standard Mark, it shall be suitably placed close to the Standard Mark in a linear manner.

For example, in case of space constraint, the Standard Mark may be in linear manner as follows:-


All the markings shall be legible, indelible, non-removable and durable.

For the above purpose, marking of each detail i.e. IS number, Standard Mark and Licence number on separate spokes of rim is not acceptable”.

V) What are the markings required to be done on product?

In addition to the BIS Standard Mark, the product details as per the requirements given in the respective Indian Standard (i.e. IS 9436 or IS 9438 or IS 16192 (Part 1) or IS 16192 (Part 2) or IS 16192 (Part 3) or the applicable Standards cross-referred therein (i.e IS 10694 (Part 1)), shall be marked on the product in accordance with the respective Indian Standard. This may include Size Designation , Name or Trade-Mark of the Wheel Rim Manufacturer , Date of Manufacturing, Rim Bead Seat Contour Type, if applicable etc.

The marking details shall contain reference to the website of the Bureau (i.e. www.bis.gov.in) so that a consumer may verify the authenticity of the standard marked product. The marking of reference to BIS website can be marked on package.

Vi) What should be the location of marking or can the marking be done on inside?

BIS Standard Mark shall be marked in accordance with the respective Indian Standard. The various situations of marking based on thetypes of the rims are detailed in IS 10694 (Part 1), which is referred in the main product standard i.e. IS 9436 or IS 9438 or IS 16192 (Part 1) or IS 16192 (Part 2) or IS 16192 (Part 3)etc. Accordingly, marking should be done as per Clause 4 of IS 10694 (Part 1): 2009 in various situations covered under the clause.

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