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    8th January, 2021

What is Bureau of Indian Standards?

  • 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.
  • The organisation was formerly the Indian Standards Institution(ISI). The ISI was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • A new Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) Act 2016, has been brought into force with effect from 2017.
  • The Act establishes the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India.

FSSAI has set certain guidelines for food safety research. The Research and Development division is responsible for research with the following objectives:

  1. Generate new knowledge that would help in continuously updating and upgrading food safety standards which are compatible with international organizations
  2. arry out evidence based studies for improving or building policies.

What are the activities of BSI?

  • One of the major functions of the Bureau is the formulation, recognition and promotion of the Indian Standards.

What is the scheme of Product Certification?

  • For Indian manufacturers
  • 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
  • For foreign manufacturers
  • Foreign manufacturers of products who intend to export to India also may obtain a BIS product certification license.

For Indian importers

  • Indian importers who intend to get Certification Mark may apply for the license.

ISI Mark- The Standard Mark

  • The Standard Mark is compulsory for certain types of electronics and IT goods, whereas the ISI mark is mandatory for product categories such as cement, household electrical products, food products, steel materials, etc.
  • The ISI mark is also used for several voluntary BIS certification product categories.
  • The ISI mark is a standards-compliance mark for industrial products in India since 1955.
  • The mark certifies that a product conforms to an Indian standard developed by the Bureau of Indian Standards, the national standards body of India. 
  • By the mid-80s the country’s socio-economic climate had changed, triggering the need to set up a stronger body, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), which then took over ISI.
  • But the term “ISI mark" continues to be used to mean that a certain product conforms to the quality standards set up by the government.