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Indian Standards Institution (ISI)

Bureau of Indian Standards

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 (IS) developed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the national standards body of India.[1] The ISI mark is by far the most recognised certification mark in the Indian subcontinent. The ISI is an initialism of Indian Standards Institution, the name of the national standards body until 1 January 1987, when it was renamed to the Bureau of Indian Standards. The ISI mark is mandatory for certain products to be sold in India, such as many of the electrical appliances like switches, electric motors, wiring cables, heaters, kitchen appliances, etc., and other products like Portland cement, LPG valves, LPG cylinders, automotive tyres, etc. In the case of most other products, ISI marks are optional.

  • Cement
  • Electrical Wires, Cables, Appliances
  • Multi-Purpose dry batteries
  • Food & Related Products – Milk Powder
  • Plastic Feeding Bottles
  • Oil Pressure Stoves
  • Pneumatic Tyres and Tubes for Automotive Vehicles
  • Gas Cylinder, Valves and Regulation
  • Clinical Thermometers
  • Diagnostic Medical X- Ray Equipment
  • Steel and Steel Products
  • Electrical Transformers
  • Electrical Motors
  • Power Capacitors A.C. motor capacitors
  • Chemicals & Fertilizers
  • Kitchen Appliances Hand-held Blender Domestic Electric Food Mixer
  • Domestic Water Heaters for use with LPG
  • Air Conditioner and its related Parts
  • Plugs and Socket-Outlets
  • Domestic Gas Stoves for use with Liquefied Petroleum Gases
  • Domestic Pressure Cooker
  • Rubber Hose for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Toys
  • Safety Glass Transparent Sheet Glass Float Glass

Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS)

Importers Whole supplier are from Outside India

The Importers, whose supplier or they have their factory location outside India must apply must apply FMCS fo the product in Mandatory List.

They shall:

  • Ensure conformity of their product(s) to applicable Indian Standard Specifications (ISS).
  • have all manufacturing machinery / facilities at their factory premises.
  • have all arrangements / equipment in their factory premises for testing of the product(s) as per applicable ISS.
  • have competent testing personnel in their lab to test the product(s) as per applicable ISS.
  • accept the Scheme of Testing & Inspection (SIT) and Marking Fee.
  • accept the Terms & Conditions of licence.

Note: Separate application is required to be submitted for each product/Indian Standard and for each factory location manufacturing premise(s).


Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS) is a scheme under which BIS licence is granted to a foreign manufacturer in accordance with the BIS Act, 2016 and Bureau on Indian Standards (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018

1. What is the Process of ISI Certification?

Step 1  :  Confirmation of Product Quality as per concerned IS Standard  

  • Identification of ISI Standard Code
  • Collection of the Testing Sample from applicant
  • Testing of sample at our lab
  • Issuing the guideline about Non-Conformity, if any
  • Issue of Test Report for your reference

Step 2  :  Filing of the Application Form

  • Arrange the Internal Test Report of product as per test report given by us for your reference
  • Compiling of all required documents
  • Remit the application fees direct to BIS in USD*
  • Filling-up the Form-V
  • Submission of Application Form with all enclosures
  • Get the confirmation about scrutiny of documents by BIS Office

Step 3  :  Remittance of Audit Fees & Travelling Expenses for Inspection

  • Pay the audit fees for inspection
  • Get the confirmation about BIS Inspection Team
  • Organize the VISA, Ticket, Lodging & Boarding for visiting team
  • Inspection team will visit to Factory for Physical Verification
  • Team will verify the Factory Set-up & Quality Control Process
  • Team will pick the random sample to be tested in BIS Approved Lab

Step 4  :  Organize the Lab Test Report (LTR)

  • Select the BIS recognized lab as per guideline of BIS Office
  • Provide the sample (picked-up by team) of product to get tested
  • Get the test result      

Step 5  :  Closure of Non-Conformity (if any) and Remit the Official Fees

  • Rectify the process of Factory Unit, if inspection team  points out
  • Submit the proof of rectification done by unit to close non-conformity
  • Pay the annual marking fees (annual license fees) to BIS
  • Submit the Bank Guarantee to BIS

Step 6 : Get the ISI Marking /Registration Certificate

Typical process flow for Grant of Licence under FMCS

2. What are the Required Documents for ISI Certificate for Foreign Manufacturer?

Documents Required for ISI (BIS) Certification in India for Foreign Manufacturers are as under:

(Basic details of factory & product category)

  • ISI Application Fee 
  • Copy of Test Report done within a month by internal laboratory

(Indicating conformance of the product to relevant Indian Standard) 

  • Address Proof of the Manufacturing Unit

(Factory License / Tax Registration copy mentioning the scope as manufacturer)

  • Trade Mark Registration 

(TM Registration copy)

  • Certificate from concerned regulatory agencies for manufacturing

(If there is any)

  • Drawing of the product

(As applicable)

  • Present Installed Capacity


  • Raw Material Details

(Name of component used – name of supplier – quality certification of component)

  • Details of Machines

(Name of machine – make – capacity – number/quantity)

  • Layout plan of factory

(Floor & technical)

  • Details of Manufacturing Process

(Process flow chart along with outsourcing details, if any)

  • Nature of packing

(Size/quantity of packaging, storage facility)

  • Details of Test Equipments

(Name of equipment – Size – Quantity – Calibration Status & Date)

  • Details of QC (Quality Control) Staff

(Name of person, qualification, designation, year of experience)

  • Method of disposal of substandard product

(After manufacturing)

  • Organizational Chart of Factory

(Management list with name & designation in chart format)

  • Location Map of Factory 

(With indicating the distance from Airport & City Centre)

  • Authorized Indian Representative / Indian Liaison Partner

(Details of Indian Dealer / Indian Liaison Partner who will represent you in BIS)

3. Costing and Timeline for for getting ISI Certificate for Foreign Manufacturer?


For a customized and attractive quotation, please contact us with your product details

ISI Mark Fee Structure Download here


The average time taken for grant of licence is generally six months from the date of receipt of complete application and its recording. It may vary for reasons like delay in response to queries raised, if any; organizing inspection(s); transportation of samples and remittance of dues, etc.

  • This duration can be reduced if all the required information and documents are submitted promptly by the applicant.
4. What are the Products which require ISI Certification as Mandatory?

BIS licence is compulsory for the products under mandatory certification. For the list of products under mandatory certification Download Complete Products List

5. Validity and Renewal
  • The licence is granted initially for a period of not less than one year and up to two years
  •  The renewal of licence may be considered for a period of not less than one year and up to five years depending upon whether the annual licence fee and advance minimum marking fee has been paid for.
  • check-icons If the renewal application is made after the validity of the licence, the application shall be accompanied by late fee of rupees five thousand.

Renewal request shall contain :

1) Renewal application ( Form XII ) 

3) Production detail (Month wise) including complete consignees address

4) Extended Performance Bank Guarantee (six months more than validity of the licence)

5) Remittance of applicable marking fees

6. Is the payment to be made to BIS in USD or INR?

For SAARC countries, the payment can be made in Indian Rupee (INR). For other countries, the payment should be made in USD only.

7. I am an importer, can I apply for Licence on behalf of Manufacturer?

No, Under FMCS scheme the application shall be made by the foreign manufacturer.

8. Can I submit one application for different products/ISS being manufactured at the same factory location?

No, a separate application for each product/ISS is to be submitted for each factory location.

9. Can I submit one application for one product being manufactured at different locations?

No, separate application for each product/ISS is to be submitted for each factory location.

10. Whether any technical manual is available to help applicant to know details of required infrastructure, Scheme of Inspection and Testing, sampling guideline etc. for BIS Licence ?

A number of Product Manuals and schemes of Inspection and Testing (SIT) are available for various Indian Standards under certification. For details please click here


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