The BIS certification process has been practiced for more than 30 years in India. However, the standardization of BIS certification was not in place until the implementation of the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) in 2013, forwarded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) (https://www.meity.gov.in/).
Product certification includes two schemes: Scheme 1 – Indian Standards Institution (ISI) and Scheme 2 – Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS).
Scheme 1 which is also known as Indian Standards Institution (ISI) scheme is a Licensing Scheme. In this scheme factory audit is required. Scheme 1 applies to a wide variety of Electronics & IT products notified by MeitY including electrical household products, chemicals, Steel, glass, Cements, etc. It is a quality and safety assurance certification.
Scheme 2 which is also known as Compulsory registration scheme (CRS) is a self-conformity scheme. This means that factory audit is not required and it only applies to electronics and IT products. It is a safety certification for products coming to Indian market. Manufacturers of the products listed on Scheme 2 should apply for registration from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) after getting their product tested from BIS recognized labs. After registration, manufacturers are then allowed to put the Standard Mark on their products. The CRS is operated based on BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018.
Summary of Scheme 1 and 2
|Name||Scheme 1 – ISI||Scheme 2 – CRS|
|Type||licensing Scheme||Conformity Scheme|
|Product||Wide range of products from chemicals to electrical products||Only Electronics and IT Products|
|Factory Audit||Required||Not Required|
|Marking Fee||Applicable||No Fee required|
|Number of products||344 Products||69 Products|
Standard Mark for ISI
Standard Mark for CRS