Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Act 2016 (Download PDF)


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A new Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Act 2016 has been brought into force with effect from 12th October, 2017. It establishes the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India.

Image of 14 Divisions of BIS

Image of 14 Divisions of BIS

Image of 14 Divisions of BIS

Key Features of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Act 2016

  • Enables provisions for the Government to bring under compulsory certification regime any goods or article of any scheduled industry, process, system or service which it considers necessary in the public interest or for the protection of human, animal or plant health, safety of the environment, or prevention of unfair trade practices, or national security.

  • Includes provisions for making hallmarking of the precious metal articles mandatory.

  • Allows multiple type of simplified conformity assessment schemes including self-declaration of conformity against a standard providing simplified options to manufacturers to adhere to the standards and get certificate of conformity.

  • Enables the Central Government to appoint authority or agency, in addition to the BIS, to verify the conformity of products and services to a standard and issue certificate of conformity.

  • Provides for repair or recall, including product liability of the products bearing Standard Mark but not conforming to the relevant Indian Standard.

Establishment of the BIS

  • The act calls for formation of BIS- Bureau will certify and implement certain standards of quality for goods, articles, processes, etc.

  • Bureau can establish technical committees.

  • For the general superintendence, management and direction of the Bureau- leading Council of BIS would be responsible.

    Certification and Hallmarking

  • Provides provisions for mandatory hallmarking to ensure quality of prized metal like gold, silver, platinum and palladium or their mixtures.

  • Hallmarked valuable metals (articles) are to be sold in certified outlets.

  • Union government is now authorized to report certain goods, processes, and articles for compulsorily standard mark.

Fines and Penalties under New Act

Provides for a compulsory to fine up to five lakh for improper use the Indian standard mark, for example:

  • Improper use of the standard mark by marking and testing centers

  • Manufacturing or selling goods and articles not carrying a standard mark, which have been mandated to do so.

Offences Directed at Companies

  • Persons in charge of company is always deemed guilty of an offence under the new Bill, even if the offence was committed without their permission, knowledge or involvement.

  • The Director General (DG) of the BIS will grant a certificate or license of conformity or compounding of offences.

  • Additionally the Union government has authority to permit an application against the order of DG.

Advantages of New Act

  • Help in ease of doing business

  • Promote “Make in India” campaign

  • Ensure availability of quality products and services to the consumers

- Published/Last Modified on: December 7, 2017


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