Technical Information Services

The International Relations & Technical Information Services Department of BIS is the nodal department in BIS providing the technical information services to interested parties. The services provided are as given below:

WTO-TBT Enquiry Point

  • In compliance with the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO-TBT Agreement) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Government of India, Ministry of Commerce has designated two WTO-TBT Enquiry Points to answer all reasonable inquiries from other members and interested parties in other countries concerning standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures:

    1. Bureau of Indian Standards – For all queries except those related to the Telecom Sector, and 
    2. Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) – for all queries related to the Telecom Sector

    The Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) of World Trade Organisation (WTO) mandates member countries of the WTO to notify other member countries through the WTO Secretariat, all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade. For India, Ministry of Commerce notifies all such proposed technical regulations, standards & conformity assessment procedures relating to technical regulations through WTO Secretariat, Geneva. Parties in other member countries that wish to make comments on such notifications can obtain copies of the text of the proposed technical regulations from the relevant notifying authorities or WTO-TBT Enquiry Point(s). Other member countries and interested parties in these member countries can also seek response to all reasonable queries related to standards and conformity assessment procedures referred in the existing technical regulations from the WTO TBT Enquiry Point(s). Being one of the WTO-TBT Enquiry Point in India, BIS provides information sought on relevant technical regulations from India to other member countries.

    As an initiative to serve the national stakeholders, BIS as the WTO-TBT Enquiry point provides the interested parties (organizations/individuals) in India an opportunity to review and comment on notifications of other members which can affect their trade interests, by electronically disseminating the TBT Notifications of other countries to the national stakeholders. The information can also be accessed from the WTO-TBT webpage and comments uploaded. Comments on the documents should be made as soon as possible but at least a fortnight before the expiry of the period of comments for these to be communicated to the Ministry of Commerce for suitably taking up with the concerned regulating authority.

    For more details about the WTO-TBT Enquiry Point and to see WTO-TBT Notifications please click here.


Technical Enquiries

Standards, Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment are defined as under:


 A document, established by consensus and approved by a recognized body, that provides, for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context [NOTE – Standards should be based on the consolidated results of science, technology and experience, and aimed at the promotion of optimum community benefits] [ISO/ IEC GUIDE 2:2004]

Technical Regulation:

 Regulation that provides technical requirements, either directly or by referring to or incorporating the content of a standard, technical specification or code of practice [NOTE A technical regulation may be supplemented by technical guidance that outlines some means of compliance with the requirements of the regulation, i.e. deemed-to-satisfy provision] [ISO/ IEC GUIDE 2:2004]

Conformity Assessment:

 Demonstration that specified requirements relating to a product, process, system, person or body are fulfilled [ISO/ IEC 17000:2004]

BIS provides technical information services in the field of standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures to industry, Indian importers, exporters to India and government agencies in response to enquiries received from them. Such enquiries could be on existence and applicability of standards, requirements in standards, technical regulations applicable in the country, conformity assessment procedures in relation to technical regulations, general information on activities of BIS, etc. Enquiries can be made by email at: ird[at]bis[dot]gov[dot]in.

Issue of WMI Code

Globally, automotive manufacturers utilize a numbering system called the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to uniquely identify a vehicle. The VIN comprises of 17 characters that uniquely identifies the vehicle as provided in ISO 3779 and ISO 4030. The first 3 characters of VIN that uniquely identifies the manufacturer of the vehicle is called the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI). The next 6 characters of VIN is known as the Vehicle Descriptor section and the last 8 characters is known as the Vehicle Indicator Sector.

BIS being the National Standards Body of India and the member of the International Organization for Standardization, acts as the WMI coordinator in India and issues the WMI code to vehicle manufactures in India after these are assigned by Society of Automotive Engineers Inc., USA, the international agency responsible for the maintenance of the WMI codes. BIS charges a nominal fee of Rs 5000/- + applicable Taxes for this service.

To apply for a WMI code download the application and checklist below:



To apply for inclusion of new variety of vehicle, new plant or change in plant address or change in name of plant download the application below:


The applications may be forwarded to the following address:

International Relations & Technical Information Services Department

Bureau of Indian Standards

Manak Bhawan, 9 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi 110002.

E-mail: ird[at]bis[dot]org[dot]in


Issuer Identification Number (IIN)

ISO/IEC 7812 specifies a numbering system for the identification of issuers of identification cards used in international interchange. BIS, as the National Standards Body, is responsible for issue of Issuer Identification Numbers (IIN) to various card issuers for operation within the country. For Card Issuers involving international interchange, BIS acts as the sponsoring authority to sponsor the application of Card Issuers to the Registering Authority appointed by ISO. BIS charges a nominal fee of Rs 5000/- + applicable Service Tax for this service.  

For further information and for downloading application please click here (Documents required for getting the IIN number).

The applications may be forwarded to the following address:

International Relations &Technical Information Services Department

Bureau of Indian Standards

Manak Bhawan, 9 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi 110002.

E-mail: ird[at]bis[dot]org[dot]in


Registered Application Provider Identifier (RID)

Registered Application Provider Identifier (RID) is a part of an Application Identifier (AID), which is structured and assigned according to ISO/IEC 7816-5 and consists of two parts:

  • The RID, and
  • Proprietary Application Identifier Extension (PIX) used to identify different applications or products.

In a multi-application environment, an application provider needs to be able to uniquely identify itself and its application in the card and the terminal needs to be able to support the application.

In case application is to be used internationally, one needs to apply for an international RID. Each Application Provider is assigned one unique RID. The Application Provider uses the PIX to identify its different applications or products.

To obtain an international ISO/IEC 7816-5 RID, a completed request for a Registered Application Provider Identifier should be sent to Bureau of Indian Standards along with registration fee. After verifying the request, the same is approved and forwarded to Registration Authority. BIS charges a fee of Rs 5000/- + applicable service tax for this service.

The applications may be forwarded to the following address:

International Relations &Technical Information Services Department

Bureau of Indian Standards

Manak Bhawan, 9 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi 110002.

E-mail: ird[at]bis[dot]org[dot]in

Last Updated on March 2, 2021

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