Relaxations For Covid-19

To promote the supply of quality PPEs during the ongoing pandemic, BIS has permitted relaxation in its norms of having in-house testing facilities for the following PPEs


  • i) Filter Half Masks to Protect against particles of Class FFP2 as per IS 9473:2002
  • ii) Surgical Face Masks as per IS 16289:2014
  • iii) Eye Protectors as per IS 5983:1980


This has been done to enable more manufacturers to be brought in the ambit of BIS product certification scheme, which will in turn result in greater quantity of BIS certified PPEs being made available to the users. However, for such manufacturers, testing of samples for conformity to the specified requirements is being done in laboratories of BIS licensees who have in-house testing facilities, or in BIS recognized or empanelled private/government labs.


Those domestic manufacturers who are interested in applying for a BIS licence may register themselves and submit their application online through BIS website ‘’ ( Click here). The process of certification can be seen on BIS website ( Click here). The above mentioned Indian Standards can also be accessed free of cost through BIS website ( Click here).


The detailed guidelines and relevant information can be accessed by clicking on relevant the links as given below


S.No Indian Standard Product Product Specific
Relaxation guidelines
Product Manual
1 IS 9473:2002 Filter Half Masks Click here Click here
2 IS 16289:2014 Surgical Face Masks Click here Click here
3 IS 5983:1980 Eye Protectors Click here Click here


For any additional information, please get in touch with your nearest BIS Branch office ( Click here for contact details of BIS Branch Offices)


Last Updated on August 26, 2020

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