FOREIGN MANUFACTURERS CERTIFICATION SCHEME (FMCS)
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has been operating a Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS) since the year 2000. Under FMCS, licence is granted to a Foreign Manufacturer for use of Standard Mark on a product that conforms to an Indian Standard. The Scheme is applicable for grant of licence for all products except Electronics and IT goods notified by Deity. The licence is granted by Foreign Manufacturers Certification Department (FMCD) located at BIS Headquarters, New Delhi. The BIS licence is granted for a location where the product is manufactured and tested as per relevant Indian Standard(s) and Standard Mark is applied on the product conforming to such Indian Standard(s)
Who can apply for BIS licence under FMCS?
The manufacturers, which have their company location outside India can apply under FMCS (BIS).
These companies shall:
Note : Separate application is required to be submitted for each product/Indian Standard and for each factory location.
Process for Grant of BIS Licence:
First Stage: BIS will scrutinize the application and queries,if any, will be communicated by email. Once queries are satisfactorily met and application is complete, it will be recorded.
Second Stage: Applicant will be informed to provide schedule and organize visit in consultation with the officer nominated by BIS. Visit will be paid to the factory location to carryout verification of manufacturing & testing infrastructure and drawal of samples for independent testing.
Third Stage: Responsibility for safe deposition of sample(s) and remittance of testing charges shall lie with the applicant firm. Case would be processed for grant of licence after receipt of satisfactory inspection report & independent test report(s) conforming to applicable Indian Standard(s).
Fourth Stage: Applicant would be required to pay licence fee; advance minimum marking fee and any other outstanding dues, before grant of licence. Agreement & Indemnity Bond would be signed and performance bank Guarantee of USD 10000 from any bank, having RBI approved branch in India would be required to be furnished immediately after grant of licence.
Fifth Stage: Licence would be initially granted for 1 year which would be further renewable for 1 or 2 years.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1. Who will be the AIR?
The AIR shall be an Indian resident. He shall declare his consent to be responsible for compliance to the provisions of the BIS Act, Rule Regulations and Terms & Conditions laid down in BIS Licence, Agreement, Undertaking etc. by or on behalf of the foreign manufacturer or a senior person of the branch/office shall be nominated as the AIR. In case, there is no such branch / office established in India or till it is established in India, the foreign manufacturer shall nominate an AIR in the prescribed format.
Q2. Whether the test report as per IEC or any standard other than Indian Standard can be accepted?
No, test report as per relevant Indian Standard can only be accepted.
Q3. What is the timeline for grant of licence?
Average time taken for grant of licence is generally six (6) months from the date of receipt of complete application and its recording. It may vary for reasons like delay in response to queries raised, if any; organizing inspection(s); transportation of samples and remittance of dues, etc.
Q4. Is the payment to be made to BIS in USD or INR?
For SAARC countries, the payment can be made in Indian Rupee (INR). For other countries, the payment should be made in USD only.
Q5. Can I submit one application for different products/ISS being manufactured at the same factory location?
No, separate application for each product/ISS is to be submitted for each factory location.
Q6. Can I submit one application for one product being manufactured at different locations?
No, separate application for each product/ISS is to be submitted for each factory location.
Q7. Has the AIR to be an Indian resident only?
The AIR should be an Indian national & resident of India. However, he can be a foreign national if employed in any office/branch of the manufacturer in India but should be resident of India.
BIS licence is compulsory for the products under mandatory certification as below:
|Sulphate Resisting Portland Cement – IS 12330||Low heat Portland Cement – IS 12600|
|Portland Pozzolana Cement-Part1 Fly-ash based – IS 1489 (Part 1)||Portland Pozzolana Cement-Part 2 Calcined clay based – IS 1489 (Part 2)|
|Ordinary Portland Cement – IS 269||Masonry Cement – IS 3466|
|Portland Slag Cement – IS 455||High Alumina Cement for Structural use – IS 6452|
|Super sulphated cement – IS 6909||Rapid hardening Portland cement – IS 8041|
|White Portland Cement – IS 8042||Hydrophobic Portland Cement – IS 8043|
|Oil well Cement – IS 8229||Residual current operated circuit breakers for house hold and similar uses-Part 1 Circuit
breakers without integral overcurrent protection (RCCBs) – IS 12640 (Part 1)
|Residual current operated circuit breakers for household and similar uses–Part 2 Circuit breakers|
with integral overcurrent protection(RCVOs) – IS 12640 (Part 2)
|AC watt-hour meters, class 0.5, 1 & 2 – IS 13010|
|AC static watt-hour meters, class 1 & 2 – IS 13779||AC static transformer operated watt-hour and VAR-hour meters, class 0.2S & 0.5S – IS 14697|
|Self Ballasted Lamps for General Lighting Services – Part 1 :||Safety Requirements & Part 2 : Performance Requirements – IS 15111 (Part 1 & 2)|
|Safety of household and similar electrical appliances – Electric iron – IS 302 (Part 2/Sec 3)||Safety of household and similar electrical appliances– Electric immersion water-heaters – IS 302
(Part 2/Sec 201)
|Safety of household and similar electrical appliances –Electric stoves – IS 302 (Part 2/Sec 202)||Safety of household and similar electrical appliances-Room heaters – IS 302 (Part 2/Sec 30)|
|Switches for domestic and similar purposes – IS 3854||Tungsten filament general service electric lamps (upto 100 W ) – IS 418|
|PVC insulated cables for working voltages up to and including 1100V – IS 694||Electrical Accessories-Circuit breakers for overcurrent protection for household and similar
installation – IS 8828 *
|Multi-Purpose dry batteries – IS 8144||Follow–up formula –complimentary foods – IS 15757|
|Processed cereal based complementary foods – IS 11536||Milk-powder – IS 1165|
|Condensed milk, partly skimmed and skimmed condensed milk – IS 1166||Sweetened ultra high temperature treated condensed milk – IS 12176|
|Skimmed milk-powder, standard grade – IS 13334 (Part 1)||Skimmed milk-powder, extra grade – IS 13334 (Part 2)|
|Packaged Natural Mineral Water – IS 13428||Infant milk substitutes – IS 14433|
|Partly skimmed milk powder – IS 14542||Packaged Drinking Water (Other than Packaged Natural Mineral Water) – IS 14543|
|Milk-cereal based weaning foods – IS 1656||Hexane, Food grade – IS 3470|
|Plastic Feeding Bottles – IS 14625||Glass Feeding Bottle- IS 5168|
|Oil pressure stove, offset burner type – IS 10109||Multi-burner oil pressure stoves – IS 2787|
|Oil pressure stoves – IS 1342||Automotive vehicles –Tubes for pneumatic tyres – IS 13098|
|Automotive vehicles– Pneumatic tyres for two and three-wheeled motor vehicles – IS 15627||Automotive vehicles-Pneumatic tyres for passenger car vehicles– Diagonal and radial ply – IS
|Automotive vehicles- Pneumatic tyres for commercial vehicles-Diagonal and radial ply – IS|
|Liquefied petroleum gas containers for automotive use - IS 14899|
|Multi function valve assembly for permanently fixed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) containers for|
automotive use – IS 15100
|Welded low carbon steel cylinders exceeding 5 liter Water capacity for low pressure liquefiable
gases Part 4 Cylinders for toxic and corrosive gases – IS 3196 (Part 4)
|Welded low carbon steel gas cylinder exceeding 5 litre water capacity for low pressure|
liquefiable gases Part1 Cylinders for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) – IS 3196 (Part 1)
|Welded low carbon steel gas cylinder exceeding 5-litre water capacity for low pressure
liquefiable gases Part 2 Cylinders for liquefiable gases other than LPG – IS 3196 (Part 2)
|Valve fittings for compressed gas cylinder excluding liquefied petroleum gas cylinders – IS 3224||Yoke Type Valve Connection for Small Medical Gas Cylinders – IS 3745|
|Welded low carbon steel cylinders for low pressure liquefiable gases not exceeding 5 litre water|
capacity – IS 7142
|Refillable Seamless steel gas cylinders Part1 Normalized steel cylinders – IS 7285 (Part 1)|
|Refillable Seamless steel gas cylinders Part 2 Quenched and tempered steel cylinders with|
tensile strength less than 1100 MPa (112 kgf/mm2) – IS 7285 (Part 2)
|Valve fittings for gas cylinder valves for use with breathing apparatus – IS 7302|
|Welded and seamless steel dissolved acetylene gas cylinders – IS 7312||Clinical thermometers :Part 1 Solid stem type – IS 3055 (Part 1)|
|Clinical thermometers :Part 2 Enclosed scale type – IS 3055 (Part 2)||Diagnostic Medical X-Ray Equipment – IS 7620 (Part 1)
Specification for plain Hard-drawn Steel Wire For Prestressed Concrete; Part 1 Cold – Drawn
Stress relieved Wire – IS 1785 (Part-1) : 1983
|Plain Hard-drawn Steel Wire for Pre-stressed Concrete; Part 2 as Drawn Wire – IS 1785 (Part-|
2) : 1983
|Indented Wire for Prestressed Concrete –Specification – IS 6003 : 2010|
|Uncoated Stress Relieved Strand For Pre-stressed Concrete – Specification – IS 6006 : 2014||Fusion Bonded Epoxy Coated Reinforcing Bars – Specification – IS 13620 : 1993|
|Uncoated Stress Relieved Low Relaxation Seven- wire (ply) Strand for Pre-stressed Concrete –|
Specification – IS 14268 : 1995
|Galvanized Steel Sheets (Plain and Corrugated) – Specification – IS 277 : 2018|
|Steel plates for pressure vessels for intermediate and high temperature service including boilers|
– IS 2002 : 2009
|Steel Plates for Pressure Vessels Used at Moderate and Low Temperature –Specification – IS
2041 : 2009
|Carbon steel cast billet ingots, billets, blooms and slabs for re-rolling into steel for general|
structural purposes – Specification – IS 2830 : 2012
|Cold Rolled Non-Oriented Electrical Steel Sheet and Strip – Semi-Processed Type- Specification
– IS 15391 : 2003
|Carbon steel billets, blooms, slabs and bars for forgings – IS 1875 : 1992||Steel Chequered Plates – IS 3502 : 2009|
|Hot rolled medium high tensile structural steel except for bars and rods of diameter or thickness|
less than 6 mm and structural below 50 mm x 50 mm x 6 mm – IS 2062 : 2011
|Mild Steel and Medium Tensile Steel Bars and Hard–Drawn Steel Wire for Concrete
Reinforcement: Part 1 Mild steel and medium tensile steel bars – IS 432 : Part 1 : 1982
|Mild steel and Medium Tensile steel bars and Hard–Drawn Steel Wire for Concrete|
Reinforcement: Part 2 Hard-Drawn Steel Wire – IS 432 : Part 2 : 1982
|Cold reduced carbon steel sheets and strip Part 1 Cold Forming and Drawing Purpose (Sixth
Revision) – IS 513 (Part 1) : 2016
|Cold reduced low carbon steel sheets and strip Part 2 High Tensile and Multi-phase Steel (Sixth|
Revision) – IS 513 (Part 2) : 2016
|Hot Rolled Carbon Steel Sheet, Plate and Strip – IS 1079 : 2017|
|Mild steel for metal arc welding electrodes – IS 2879 : 1998||Cold Rolled Steel Strips (Box Strappings) – IS 5872 : 1990|
|Hot Rolled Steel Sheet, Plate and Strip for Forming and Flanging purposes – IS 5986 : 2017||Hot Rolled Steel Plate (up to 6 mm) Sheet and Strip for the Manufacture of Low Pressure
Liquefiable Gas Cylinders – IS 6240 : 2008
|Hot Rolled bars for production of bright bars and machined parts for engineering applications –|
IS 7283 : 1992
|Mild steel wire rods for general engineering purposes – IS 7887 : 1992|
|Hot Rolled Steel Strip for Welded Tubes and Pipes – IS 10748: 2004||Hot Rolled Carbon Steel Strip For Cold Rolling Purposes – IS 11513 : 2017|
|Hot rolled steel narrow width strip for welded tubes and pipes – IS 15647 : 2006||High carbon steel wire rods- Specification – IS 7904 : 2018|
|Continuously pre-painted galvanized steel sheets and coils – IS 14246 : 2013||Pre–painted aluminium zinc alloy metallic coated steel strip and sheet (plain) – IS 15965 : 2012|
|Mild steel wire for General Engineering purposes – IS 280:2006||Round Steel wire for ropes – IS 1835 : 1976|
|Low Carbon Galvanized steel wires formed wires and Tapes for armouring of Cables – IS 3975:|
|Alloy Steel billets, blooms and slabs for forging for general engineering purposes – IS
|Steel wire for mechanical springs Part-1 cold drawn unalloyed steel wire – IS 4454 (Part 1) :|
|Steel wire for mechanical springs Part-2 oil hardened and tempered steel wire – IS 4454 (Part
|Bead Wires for Tyres – IS 4824:2006||Steels for Cold Heading/Cold extrusion application Part-1 Wrought carbon and low alloy steels –
IS 11169 (Part 1): 1984
|Structural Weather resistant steel – IS 11587:1986||Fire resistant Steel- Specification – IS 15103: 2002|
|High Tensile Strength Flat Rolled Steel Plate (Up to 6 mm), Sheet and Strip for the Manufacture|
of Welded Gas Cylinder – IS 15914:2011
|Hot Dip aluminium- Zinc alloy metallic coated steel strip and sheet (Plain) – IS 15961:2012|
|Structural Steel for Building for Structures with improved seismic Resistance – IS 15962:2012||Stainless Steel wire Rod – IS 6527:1995|
|Stainless Steel Wires – IS 6528:1995||Stainless Steel Bars and Flats – IS 6603:2001|
|Stainless Steel sheets and strips for utensils- Specification – IS 5522:2014||Stainless Steel Plate, Sheet and Strip- Specification – IS 6911:2017|
|Low Nickel Austenitic Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip For Utensils and Kitchen Applications-|
Specification – IS 15997:2012
|Ferrosilicon – Specification – IS 1110 : 1990|
|Specification for Ferronickel – IS 4409 : 1973||Specification for Hot rolled steel strip (bailing) – IS 1029 : 1970|
|Specification for Hot-rolled mild steel sheet and strip in coil form for cold-reduced tinplate and|
cold-reduced black plate – IS 2385 : 1977
|Specification for Structural steel for construction of hulls of ships – IS 3039 : 1988|
|Bright steel bars – v Specification – IS 9550 : 2001||Tool and die steels – Specification – IS 3748 : 1990|
|Steel for hardening and tempering – Specification – IS 5517 : 1993||Specification for High speed tool steels – IS 7291 : 1981|
|Specification for Steel for valves for internal combustion engines – IS 7494 : 1981||Specification for Carbon manganese steel forgings for pressure vessels – IS 12146 : 1987|
|Magnetic materials – specification for individual material – Fe based amorphous strip delivered in the semi-processed state – IS 16585 : 2016||Carbon steel cast billet ingots, billets, blooms and slabs for re-rolling into structural steel
(ordinary quality) – Specification – IS 2831 : 2012
|Centrifugally cast (spun) ductile iron pressure pipes for water, gas and sewage – IS 8329 : 2000||Ductile iron fittings for pressure pipes for water, gas and sewage – IS 9523:2000|
|Steel tubes for structural purposes – IS 1161:2014||Steel Tubes, Tubulars and Other Wrought Steel Fittings – Part 1 : Steel Tubes – IS 1239 (Part
|Steel tubes used for water-wells (upto 200 mm dia) – IS 4270:2001||Out door type Oil immersed Distribution Transformers upto and including 2500 kVA, 33 KV-specification Part 1 Mineral oil immersed – IS 1180 (Part 1)|
|Energy Efficient Induction Motors-Three Phase Squirrel Cage – IS 12615||A.C. motor capacitors – IS 2993|
|Power Capacitors of Self-healing Type for AC Power Systems having Rated Voltage up to 650V|
– IS 13340
|Shunt Power Capacitors of the Non-Self-Healing Type for AC System having a Rated Voltage
up to and Including 1000V Part-1 General Performance, Testing and Rating Safety
Requirements Guide for Installation and Operation – IS 13585 Part 1
|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|
|Hand-held Blender – IS 302 (Part 2/ Section 14)||Domestic Electric Food Mixer (Liquidizers and Grinders) and Centrifugal Juicer – IS 4250|
|Instantaneous Domestic Water Heater for use with Liquefied Petroleum Gas – IS 15558||Room Air Conditioners- Specification Part 1 Unitary Air Conditioners – IS 1391 (Part-1): 2017|
|Room Air Conditioners- Specification Part 2 Split Air Conditioners - IS 1391 (Part -2): 2018||Ducted and Package Air Conditioners – IS 8148:2018|
|Finned type Heat Exchanger for Room Air Conditioner – IS 11329:2018||Automatic Electrical Controls for Household and Similar Use Part 2 Particular Requirements
Section 9 Temperature Sensing Controls – IS/IEC 60730 (Part 2) Section 9: 2011
|Plugs and socket-outlets of Rated Voltage up to and including 250 Volts and Rated current up|
to and including 16 amperes – IS 1293 : 2005
|Alternating Current Direct Connected Static Prepayment Meters for Active Energy (Class 1 and
2) – IS 15884:2010
|Domestic Gas Stoves for use with Liquefied Petroleum Gases - IS 4246: 2002|