An Overview of ISI Certification

ISI stands for "Indian Standard Institute," and the ISI mark ensures that an electrical product meets the ISI's Indian standards. ISI certification refers to the process of obtaining an ISI Mark. Obtaining ISI Certification is generally a voluntary act. There are, however, some electrical products or items, such as wires, appliances, electric motors, and so on. Before they can be sold in the market, they must bear the ISI mark. This Certificate verifies the safety of an electrical item or appliance.

The BIS Act 1986 was enacted in the mid-1980s after it was determined that it was appropriate to give ISI's operations statutory status. The ISI was renamed the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to facilitate cooperative product standardization and quality certification, with clearly defined procedural safeguards. Any importer or manufacturer who wants to register their products with the BIS ISI Scheme must follow the department's predefined procedures, which include application filing, inspection, product testing, and application examination.

What are the Objectives of an ISI Certification?

The objectives of ISI Certification in India are as follows:

  • Ensuring delivery of high-quality products to customers;
  • Reducing wastage of resources and thereby minimising the production costs;
  • Mitigating product rejections;
  • Enhancing customer satisfaction and increasing the goodwill of the business;
  • Providing better growth prospects to the business;
  • Guaranteeing the quality and safety of products.

What are the Benefits of an ISI Marked Product?
  • An ISI marked product certifies its quality to its customers;
  • An ISI marked product reduces the business’s losses as well as product rejection;
  • An ISI marked product guarantees both better performance and longer shelf-life;
  • If the customer is not satisfied with the product's quality with the ISI mark, then the Company will give the customer a new product in return to it;
  • ISI Mark on the product gives new thrust to standardisation, quality control, reliability, and safety of the product for the customers.

Products Require Mandatory ISI Certification in India

The Indian government is currently implementing numerous changes in the manufacturing and trading sectors. These changes include the Bureau of Indian Standards specifying higher standards that must be met by every manufacturer who wants to sell their product or items on the market. ISI certification is required for the following products:

  • Household Electrical Appliances;
  • Food Related Items;
  • Cement;
  • Medical Equipment;
  • Oil Pressure Stoves and Cylinders;
  • Automobile Components;
  • Electrical Transformers;
  • Steel Products;
  • Milk Powder;
  • Kitchen Appliance;
  • Iron;

Documents required for obtaining ISI Certification
  • The registered address of the manufacturing unit;
  • A copy of the Certification of Registration;
  • A copy of the test report by a BIS authorised internal laboratory;
  • Details of all the equipment used for testing;
  • Packaging details like the size of the product, storage facility, quantity, etc.;
  • Flow chart followed in the manufacturing process;
  • Proof of Indian Residency;
  • A copy of the Trademark Registration (if available);
  • The disposing technique of the inferior product;
  • All the details regarding the quality control staff like Name, Experience, Designation, and Qualification;
  • Layout Plan of the Factory;
  • Particulars about the raw material being used;
  • All the details regarding machinery installed;
  • A copy of the Certificate from the Regulatory Authority;
  • Product drawing;
  • A copy of the Company’s bank statement;
  • Utility bills like electricity bills, water tax receipts;
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