Recently, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) published several updates for BIS standards. The updates address the following:
These grants, which are released by BIS when the first BIS registration certificate is released for any standard, indicate that there will be no extension for the implementation date against that standard. It does serve as a wake-up call to the industry to get their BIS registration certificate as soon as possible for compliance with the standards. As for International audits for the mandatory certificate products in similar lines, there has been no official statement released by BIS up to date.
Penalties for cases where the products fail to be certified prior to the deadline under the mandatory scheme are not pre-defined. If any non-compliance act is found by BIS in their raids, the penalties charged from the culprit might likely serve as punishment, which is usually defined on the degree of non-compliance and the volume of products seized.
To date, a total of 39752 BIS registration certificates have been released to Indian manufacturers and for foreign manufacturers, 1018 BIS registration certificates have been released. Another Indian standard, Calcined Alumina - Specification IS 17441 Part 1 Non-Metallurgical Grade, is now available for public comment.
In total, 52 chemicals are currently under BIS mandatory certification scheme.