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New requirements for BIS-certification chemicals in India starting in 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021

As of April 11 and November 11, 2021, Acrylonitrile and 29 other chemicals will fall under the mandatory BIS-CRS certification of India. These include, next to Acrylonitrile, Caustic soda, boric acid, acetic acid, aniline, methanol, toluene and acetone.


All affected substances and the relevant standards in each case are listed below:

Product category Indian Standard (IS)
Caustic Soda -Specification IS 252:2013
Boric Acid – Specification IS 10116: 2015
Poly Aluminium Chloride IS 15573
Acetic Acid IS 695
Aniline IS 2833
Methanol IS 517
Specification for Phthalic Anhydride, Technical IS 5158: 1987
Pyridine IS 8058:2018
Gamma Picoline IS 16113:2013
Beta Picoline IS 16112:2013
Morpholine IS 12084: 2018
Sodium Sulphide, Technical IS 297:2001
Potassium Carbonate, Anhydrous IS 7129:1992
Acetone IS 170:2004
Phosphorous Trichloride, pure and Analytical Reagent IS 4581:1978
Phosphorous Pentachloride, Technical IS 11744:1986
Phosphorous Oxychloride, Technical IS 11657:1986
Stabilized Hydrogen Peroxide IS 2080:1980
Precipitated Barium Carbonate, Technical IS 3205:1984
Precipitated Barium for Ceramic and Glass Industry IS 12928:1990
Sodium Formaldehyde Sulphoxylate IS 4505:2015
Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Anhydrous, Technical IS 6100:1984
n- Butyl Acrylate IS 14709:1999
Ether IS 336:1973
Ethylene Glycol IS 5295:1985
Toluene IS 537:2011
Terephthalic Acid IS 15030:2001
Methyl Acrylate IS 14707: 1999
Ethyl Acrylate IS 14708:1999
Vinyl Acetate Monomer IS 12345:1988
Styrene (Vinyl Benzene) IS 4105:2020
Maleic Anhydride, Technical IS 5149:2020
Acrylonitrile IS 12540:1988

The extension of the scope of mandatory certification for chemicals is in line with the so-called “2023 Plan” of the Indian Prime Minister Modi. Based on this plan, the Indian government since 2019 has already been pursuing the goal of ensuring the quality, safety and reliability of the products available on the market through strong expansions of the certification regulations. Therefore, it is expected that more and more products will fall under a mandatory certification in the coming years.

BIS-ISI certification includes testing in India as well as inspections of manufacturing factories. Requirements for in-house testing capabilities are also typically high.

To find out if your products have now been added to the mandatory certification list, please contact us. Since the list is constantly changing and expanding, it is often not clear whether a product falls under the certification obligation or not.

We can assist you and provide reliable information about the regulations for your product.


For more information on how India Certification could affect your business, or for specific information on BIS certification, please visit our website and news section.

We will be happy to assist you with the BIS certification and are available to answer any questions you may have. Please send us an e-mail or call us at +49-69-2713769261.

You can also take a look at our free India Certification brochure, which you can download here as a PDF file.

Julian Busch

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

Publisher: MPR International GmbH

Tel.: +49 69 271 37 69 261

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