The simplified procedure has been introduced with a view to reduce the time taken for grant of licence after submission of application. In this procedure, applicant is required to furnish the test report(s) of the sample(s) [Pl. see Sec 4 below] got tested by them in the specified laboratories (Lab database), along with the application. If the test report(s) and other documents are found satisfactory, a verification visit is carried out by BIS. The licence is granted thereafter, if the verification report is found satisfactory. By this procedure the licence is expected to be granted within 30 days of receipt of application by BIS, provided all required documents are furnished and infrastructure is found satisfactory. This is applicable for products which are not under Mandatory Certification Mandatory Certification list, except where approved by DG (BIS directory).

1 Application

Applicant has to submit application in the prescribed Application Form and a Self Evaluation-cum-Verification Report along with prescribed documents and a copy of test report not older than one month covering all requirements according to the relevant ISS from a  BIS or BIS recognized testing laboratory together with the specified application fee of Rs. 1000/- and verification fee of Rs.7000/-plus applicable taxes for grant of licence under Product Certification Scheme of BIS.

The application form along with prescribed documents and requisite fee is required to be submitted to the Branch Office under whose jurisdiction the manufacturing unit is located. Click here for locating relevant branch office. One application should be submitted for one product and for one manufacturing location.


The application form, documents to be attached with the application form including Self Evaluation-cum-Verification Report and list of BIS recognized labs is available on the BIS website (Lab database), .


The licence is granted to the applicant for varieties of products covered under a given Indian Standard amenable to certification if he has the capability to manufacture and test the product at the specified location. Applicant is also required to agree to operate the prescribed Scheme of Testing and Inspection (STI) and pay the Marking Fee during the course of operation of licence. Marking fee rates and STIs (different for different products) are available on BIS website

The test reports issued by the following laboratories will be accepted for processing the applications (Amendment 89):

Note 1:  Applicant shall invariably declare parameters, wherever applicable, at the time of submission of samples with laboratory for testing. For any clarification in this regard, laboratory or concerned BIS Branch office may be approached.

Note 2: Before submission of the samples for testing in any of the recognized labs, the applicant shall ensure from the laboratory preferably in writing that they have complete testing facility for the specific product and they shall issue complete test report as per relevant Indian Standards in a definite time period.BIS is not responsible in case partial test reports are issued by Labs for samples submitted by applicant. Applicant must ensure its completeness before accepting TRs from Labs. All correspondence shall be with Lab(s) who has/have undertaken the testing.

Note 3: Applicant must also submit proof for testing of long term tests wherever it is applicable for the product.


Note 4: Applicants may also refer product manuals, wherever formulated by BIS.

For products having testing facilities available only in BIS laboratories (and not in any of the labs indicated above) OR where the testing charges of the products in laboratories indicated above are several times higher than those charged by BIS laboratories, BIS laboratories would accept samples of such products from applicants and carryout testing after collecting testing charges fixed by BIS. Applicant however should clearly indicate the related Indian Standard Specification Number, quantity and description etc. of the product which they intend to get tested in their request to BIS lab for testing. Test Report shall be issued to prospective applicant by BIS laboratories and such test reports may contain endorsement on each page as “For BIS Internal Use Only””.

This scheme is applicable only for products which are under voluntary certification (not under Mandatory certification). Nearest BIS office may be contacted to ascertain details for such products.


  2 Recording

On scrutiny at the facilitation counter, if the application is found complete in all respects, it is recorded and assigned an application number. The application is acknowledged and the number is conveyed to the applicant across the counter for future reference. This activity is to be done at Facilitation Counter. A second stage scrutiny (Technical Scrutiny) of application will be undertaken for Technical Evaluation..

3 Processing

3.1 If verification is to be done by BIS Officer

The concerned BO where the application has been submitted further scrutinizes the application, self evaluation-cum-verification report and test report(s) submitted by the Applicant. A factory visit is normally arranged within 15 days of the submission of application to verify capabilities of the organization with respect to Manufacturing and Testing facilities and competence of Quality Assurance Personnel.

During the visit, sample(s) of product from regular production is also tested, sealed for Independent Testing in BIS approved laboratory. After receipt of its Test Report(s), the case will be reviewed. If the sample is found failing, marking shall be stopped immediately.

In case of discrepancies observed during verification visit, all corrective actions shall be required to be completed by the applicant in such a time that process of grant of licence is complete within 30 days. However, extension in time required for compliance, if any, shall be given to applicant in writing and thus, any delay will be in the account of applicant. The total time for processing the application in such cases shall not exceed three months. In such cases if the independent test report from BIS or its recognized laboratories (sample of which was drawn during verification visit) is received in the meantime and found failing, the application may be rejected and applicant advised to furnish freshapplication under the normal procedure after improving the quality of the product.

4 Grant of Licence

Grant of licence shall be considered by the Competent Authority after scrutiny of required documents submitted by the applicant and verification of the same by BIS to its satisfaction as per BIS Act, Rules and Regulations and guidelines formulated for the purpose. The details of such documents are as under:


a)   Application (Form 1) (to be submitted by the applicant)

b)   Self Evaluation Report (Form II) ( to be submitted by the applicant along with application)

c)   Verification of the Self Evaluation Report

   (by BIS-Section B of Form II)

d)  Test report(s) submitted by the applicant meets the criteria of the ISS applied for. Test report(s) submitted shall not be older than one month covering all requirements including long term tests, if any and tests on all raw materials (conformity of which have been specified as mandatory in the relevant Indian Standard).Testing shall be got done according to the relevant ISS from any of the labs indicated above for the particular product. Where applicant is using BIS Standard Marked raw materials, the applicant shall not be required to furnish test report of these raw materials.

For products, where there is no testing facility available in any of the laboratories indicated above,licencecan be granted based testing in the factory for which the applicant should have complete testing facility in-house for all tests as per related Indian Standards.

After processing for grant of licence is complete, the applicant is advised to deposit the advance minimum marking fee ((MF database) as applicable and the annual licence fee through Bank Draft within seven days and thereafter the approval letter of grant of licence is issued>

Process of grant of licence is expected to be completed within 30 days of submission of the application, if all pre-requisites are met by the applicant. At the time of submission of the application, it should be complete in all respects along with Fee, Self Evaluation Report, Valid Test Reports (not more than one month old) and other prescribed documents/ requisite details.

5. Validity

The initial validity period of the licence is one year. Licence can be renewed for further period of one/two years, subject to satisfactory operation of licence as observed during periodic inspections, factory & independent testing of samples drawn from factory and market. The licensee shall apply to BIS on the prescribed Renewal Form along with fees as applicable.

6. Fee

1.    Fees are as prescribed by BIS from time to time Annex 18 to OMPC, Amendment 41.

2.  Concession in minimum marking fee for second or subsequent licences would be applicable as under: 

Minimum Marking Fee (in Rs)

Concession (in Rs)

Upto 29000


29001 to 32000

Minimum Marking fee minus 29000

32001 to 50000


50001 to 100000

5000,  subject to minimum MF of 47000

Above 100000

8000,  subject to minimum MF of 95000

 Note: Licence with highest minimum marking fee shall be treated as the first licence, for the purpose of concession in Minimum Marking Fee.

8. Applicable Govt. taxes

Fees indicate are not inclusive of applicable government taxes, the applicant may be required to pay the same as applicable at the time submission of fees. For further information please contact  Branch office under whose jurisdiction the manufacturer is located. (

(For latest guidelines, applicants are encouraged to view the guidelines given in the link for circulars/orders/forms in website).