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Indian authority BIS to establish new quality standards for 371 products by March 2021

Thursday, October 22, 2020

In order to restrict imports of inferior and non-essential goods, including those from China, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has submitted a draft for mandatory quality standards for 371 products to the Ministry of Commerce. The BIS plans to make the standards mandatory by March 2021. The 371 products cover several industries, ranging from steel products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electrical appliances to furniture and toys. During a virtual conference, the head of the BIS, Tiwari, said that once the specifications have been defined, these new quality standards will be made binding and their enforcement will also be monitored more strictly than before.



The ministries concerned are currently identifying the most important products from the Ministry of Commerce’s list and handing them over to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for the preparation of the corresponding standards. In selecting the individual products, the ministries’ proposals, the annual import volume and already existing standards were taken into account. The Cabinet Secretary of the Indian Parliament supervises the process, the selection of products and the timely introduction of the standards by March 2021.

Meanwhile, the BIS has announced that it will conduct stricter controls and has stationed personnel at the country’s major ports who will work closely with the customs authorities. BIS officials will be examining random samples of imported goods directly at the port, according to BIS Director Tiwari. To ensure the quality of imported products, the BIS will increasingly carry out unannounced inspections of factories and markets. Specifically, Tiwari said they plan to increase the number of audits from the current 20,000 per year to 100,000. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the national body for industry standards. So far it has introduced 20,866 voluntary and 358 mandatory product standards. Product certification according to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) was introduced in July 2013 and is intended to guarantee quality, safety and reliability to third parties. We would be pleased to assist you with BIS certification and are also available to answer any questions you may have. MPR International GmbH – India Certification offers you a complete package for BIS certification, where you will be optimally supported.

Since 2012, the BIS has been gradually expanding the certification catalog and continuously adding additional goods. BIS certification mandatory for many electronic products for industrial and consumer uses. Factory inspections are also required for some products.

If you are interested in understanding what requirements are needed for your product to be imported into India, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone at +49-69-271 37 69 261. There is no cost or obligation for us to check for you. If a certification need is discovered we can provide a quotation to make sure that all your certification needs are covered.

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Julian Busch

About the author: Julian Busch is the founder and managing director of MPR International GmbH

Publisher: MPR International GmbH

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