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Indian government calls on BIS to set binding quality standards for imports

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Indian government has asked the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to set binding standards in accordance with international norms for the import of goods. The project could have an impact on the import of Chinese goods that are not considered necessary. These include all products that can be produced in India in an identical or equivalent manner. Recently, the Ministry of Finance submitted a list to the BIS of imported goods to which certain quality standards are to be applied in future. A spokesman for the BIS said that the authority is currently reviewing the existing standards and will make changes if necessary.



India imports goods from about 11,500 product groups. The annual leaders are crude oil, gold, electronic goods, fertilizers, machine components, plastic products, steel, toys and pharmaceuticals. The BIS is currently working on technical guidelines for at least half of the products to ensure the quality of imports and domestic products. First of all, this is to be done for 400 products. In India there are about 25,000 quality standards for a wide variety of products and services, but only about 150 of these are mandatory for manufacturers. It is assumed that China will be most affected by the stricter standards, since most of the cheap imports come from there.

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the national body for industry standards under the umbrella of the Ministry of Consumer Protection. The tasks of the BIS are the labelling and certification of products. The BIS has recently revised its website and added information on quality standards as well as international norms. In addition, the Minister of Consumer Protection, Paswan, presented a mobile app of the BIS and two other applications that consumers and industry representatives can use to find out about BIS certifications and standards. Product certification in accordance with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has been in place since July 2013 and is intended to guarantee quality, safety and reliability to third parties. We will 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.

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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