ISI is meant for a quality standard set by the Indian government. The socio-economic conditions had changed in the mid-1980, and a stronger body is set as Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The ISI is later taking over by the BIS. However the term “ISI mark” continues to be used for the quality standards. BIS is authorized to use the ISI mark and offers the product certification, which is basically voluntary. If the manufacturer related to any industry is assured that his products have the ability to comply with the BIS standards, then he can apply for the certification.
How to apply for the certification?
Products Falling Under BIS Standards
The BIS standards are applicable for 16 broad categories including textiles, automobile components, electronics, plastic products, packaged food, and water. Anyone can apply for the new category update in the current list. The 16 categories fall under 19,000 standards covering many areas with meticulous detail.
There is a Certification Advisory Committee that includes people from sectors such as manufacturers, government agencies, consumers, industry associations, exists under BIS to advise.