September 9, 2016

BIS Registration




            General requirements for grant of BIS Licence, please see BIS website


1.         List of Test Equipment, Glass wares & Chemicals                       –           See Annex A

2.         Details of samples of the product/containers to be drawn during   –           See Annex B 

            BIS visits.

3.         Acceptance of Marking Fee                                                       –           See Annex C

4.         Acceptance of Scheme of Testing and Inspection (STI)               –           See Annex D

5.         Guidelines for assessment of Hygienic conditions with                 –           See Annex E

            Explanatory notes for guidance

6.         Undertaking for getting the samples tested as per STI frequency from BIS approved/NABL accredited outside lab.

7.         Consent letter from concerned outside lab for testing of sample (Ref. Sl.No.6)

8.         Copy of the appointment letter, qualification certificates for Chemist and Microbiologist.

9.         Detailed Manufacturing process indicating treatment for disinfection along with Process Flow Chart.  Clause 3.2 of IS 14543:2004 specifies various processes for manufacturing Packaged    Drinking Water for guidance only.

10.        Copies of Medical Examination Reports of the employees engaged in washing/filling of the  product for any communicable/skin diseases and fitness to work in a food industry.

11.        Details about the arrangements of pest control treatment such as an agreement/contract with the agency.  Also details of Cleaning in Place (CIP)

12.        Declaration of Shelf-lice of the product separately for each type of container (e.g. 1 litre, 2 litre, 20 litre etc).

13.        Undertaking regarding Clause 6 (Packing) of IS 14543:2004 and Clause 7.2 of IS 14543:2004 (Labelling Prohibitions).

14.        IS 14543 & all applicable cross-referred Indian Standards.

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
23-September-2010 13:48 IST
BIS Certification Mandatory for Packaged Drinking Water

No person is authorised to manufacture, sell or exhibit for sale, packaged drinking water and packaged mineral water except under Bureau of Indian Standards Certification Mark.

As per the Quality Control Order issued under Prevention of Food Adulteration (PFA) Rules, 1955, Bureau of Indian Standards has formulated the following Indian Standards which provide quality norms for packaged water:

i) IS 14543:2004 Packaged drinking water (other than natural mineral water) (First Revision)
ii) IS 13428: 2005 Packaged natural mineral water (Second Revision)

There are 18 BIS licensees engaged in production of Packaged Natural Mineral Water, 2354 licensees producing Packaged Drinking Water through Reverse Osmosis, and 633 licensees bottling Packaged Drinking Water drawing water from natural resources.

Implementation of the PFA Act and Rules framed under the Act is the responsibility of State Governments and Union Territory Administrations. BIS also undertakes periodic surveillance inspection and testing of samples from the market for maintaining the quality of the products of its licensees as per the prescribed Indian Standards.



The procedure for grant of BIS Certification Marks Licence begins with the filing of application in the prescribed Application form (FORM I) by the manufacturer desirous of obtaining the licence. A licence is granted for varieties of products covered under a given Indian Standard. The form along with application fee of Rs 1000 is required to be submitted to the Branch Office under whose jurisdiction the manufacturing unit is located.
The additional documents that are required to be submitted with the application, shall be as per the :checklist
2.1 On scrutiny of the application and enclosed documents 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. A second stage scrutiny (Technical Scrutiny) of application will be undertaken thereafter.
3.1 Preliminary inspection of the unit is carried out on a mutually agreed date, within 15 days of recording of application. During this inspection the firm’s manufacturing capability and controls, quality control techniques, testing facilities available and the technical skills of the personnel are evaluated. Samples of products are tested and also drawn for testing in labs specified for the product.
3.2 The fee for Preliminary visits is charged as per the rates decided by BIS from time to time. Presently, the fee for preliminary visit is Rs. 7000/- plus applicable taxes, per man-day. Testing charges for the sample drawn during Preliminary visit for independent testing are required to be paid by the applicant.
3.3 During the preliminary inspection, the Scheme of Testing and Inspection, Marking Fee for the product are discussed with the applicant’s management.
 4. GRANT OF LICENCE – Licence to use the Standard Mark on a product is granted only after BIS has ensured the capability of the manufacturer to manufacture the product in conformity to the relevant Indian Standard, on a continuous basis. This is ensured through preliminary factory evaluation to ascertain the capability of the manufacturer to produce goods according to the relevant Indian Standard especially with respect to raw materials, process of manufacture, manufacturing capability and quality control facilities including testing equipment and supervisory staff. Samples are tested in the factory. Simultaneously, samples are also drawn for testing in the independent laboratories for assessing conformity to the relevant standard. The manufacturer is required to agree to operate a well defined Scheme of Testing and Inspection (STI) as approved by BIS from time to time, which inter alia prescribes the specific tests and the frequency for conducting them. The manufacturer also has to agree to pay a marking fee fixed by BIS for the product. Licence is granted only after the manufacturer agrees to these conditions and if the factory inspection and test reports are found to be satisfactory.
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 renewal application fee of Rs. 1000/-, annual licence fee of Rs. 1000/- and marking fee, as applicable.
6. FEE
1. Fees are as prescribed by BIS from time to time. The fees prescribed at present are
Application Stage

Application Fee (Non-refundable) Rs. 1000/-
Special Inspection charges, per man-day Rs. 7000/-
Testing charges As applicable
During Operation of Licence

Annual Licence Fee Rs. 1000/-
Renewal Application Fee Rs. 1000/-
Marking Fee As applicable for the product
Special Inspection Charges, per man-day Rs. 7000/-
Processing charges for inclusion of additional varieties (per endorsement) Rs. 5000/-
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 37000 No Concession
37001 to 50000 Rs. 4000/- subject to a Minimum Marking Fee of Rs. 37,000/- for MSME and Rs. 46,000/- for LS
50001 to 100000 Rs. 7000/-, subject to a Minimum Marking Fee of Rs. 46,000/-
Above 100001 Rs. 10,000/-,  subject to Minimum Marking Fee of Rs. 93,000/-

(* In case of multiple licences, the one with maximum marking fee shall be treated as first licence and concession will be applicable to other licences.)

7. 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.
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