The Bureau of Indian Standards, referred to as BIS, is the national standards body of India. It was established in 1986 under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act. BIS ensures the quality and safety of goods and services in India. In 2012 Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) was introduced by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), now called the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), along with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Under this scheme, manufacturers must register their products before launching them in the Indian market.
BIS Registration is essential for all electronic products listed in Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS). All manufacturers (whether foreign or Indian) need to apply for this registration to Import the product in India or to make sales in the Indian market. In India, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology needs the obligatory certificate for 77 electronic products such as audio and video, IT equipment, mobile phones, smart card readers, and other similar gadgets. Hence, every foreign manufacturer of these products is required to obtain a BIS license to export products to India. Consequently, if the foreign manufacturer operates in the Indian market without the BIS license, the manufacturer would be penalized under the BIS Act.
The Bureau of Indian Standards released an official notification stating the requirement of compulsory registration for the said product category under scheme II. Any manufacturer around the globe, including India, that wishes to manufacture an inverter or UPS has to get registered with the compulsory registration scheme of BIS. Without a valid BIS license, no manufacturer can sell or trade its equipment in India.
Role of BIS Registration:
- The very first role of the BIS lies in providing national standards that must be contemporary and user-friendly. These national standards must pay due attention to technological developments and focus on the consumers' interests. National trade must be considered equally while the national standards are formulated.
- Secondly, the BIS must ensure that it actively participates when formulating International standards. This should be done to provide backing so that the Indian interests are kept in mind and given due weightage. Moreover, it is done to make sure that the Indian standards are harmonized well under the realm of any scheme.
- Next in line, concerning the objective of the Bureau of Indian Standards, is that the branch offices must be given due regard and be seen as the focal points of the organization.
- BIS also entails the role of improving its brand image, thereby increasing brand value. Necessary measures must have resorted to giving effect to it.
- BIS must ensure that the Web-enabling is done about the Certification Marks Management System.
- Further, the BIS is required to ensure that all its associated laboratories are well taken care of. It can range from the need to upgrade the laboratories to streamlining its functioning.
- It is to be ensured by the BIS that the appropriate work is being done so that productivity is increased.
- The BIS must make efforts in the direction of intensified training. The training is required in various fields with a particular focus on the norms related to standardization and the aspects of the BIS india certification. The field of testing must be given due attention.
- BIS must oversee the implementation of the schemes from time to time.
- It should be noted that with regard to the working of the BIS, IT tools must be introduced to enhance the overall processing.