BIS certificate for cables - a competitive edge over competitors. 

From using PVC-insulated (heavy duty) electrical cables to flexible cables for the miner’s cap-lamps, all the cables need to be BIS certified to ensure conformance with compliance requirements. 

As per the order of the Central Government after the consultation with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) exercise the powers conferred by sub-section (1) and (2) of Section 16 read with Sub-section (3) of section 25 of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016 (11 of 2016), and issued to order to make BIS certificate for cables a compulsory requirement.

This decision has been taken to favor the public interest

Although, it is true that a BIS certificate is not only proof of safety but it is proven to be an asset of several brands, considering that it provides several benefits to a manufacturer or importer, for more detailed information, let’s move to the next section-

What Are the Benefits of Obtaining a BIS Certificate?

As we have talked about it earlier, a BIS certificate offers numerous benefits to manufacturers/ distributors/ sellers of the product, which further helps in building trustworthiness and reliability, thus retaining the customers. 

Why, don’t we look at other benefits of the same -

BIS Certificate For Cables

  • A BIS certificate acts as a shield against penalties and fines which could be imposed for not certifying a product.
  • A BIS certificate serves as evidence that a product has been tested and certified as per prescribed standards.
  • A certified product provides a sense of security and safety to the consumers, thus ensuring easy acceptance.
  • It provides a competitive advantage over competitors.
  • Easy market acceptance as a product is tested and certified.
  • Confirm the unmatched quality standards.
  • Provides easy market access. 

Since you are aware of the possible benefits you can avail of from getting a BIS certificate for cables, let’s move to which BIS certificate is applicable on cables.

Which BIS Certification is Applicable on Cables?

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) includes three different certification schemes, namely -

BIS Certificate For Cables

  • Indian Standards Institute (ISI)
  • Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS)
  • Compulsory Certification Scheme (CRS)

Let’s understand each scheme in detail -

Indian Standards Institute (ISI) is the certificate scheme under BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) which confirms that a product withstands the BIS standards which ensures safety.

Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS) as per the BIS Act, 2016 and Bureau of Indian Standards (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018, BIS has the authority to provide a license to the foreign manufacturer to sell products in the Indian market.

Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) under the Scheme II of Schedule II of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018. Further, under this, a number of guidelines have also been formed.

Though all these certification schemes are not applicable to cables, only ISI and FMCS are two certification schemes application on the same. Thus, to build credibility and trustworthiness, you need to obtain ISI and FMCS BIS certification for cables. 

If you are wondering, out of ISI and FMCS, which one you are required to obtain, then we would like to draw your attention to the following -

Now since both the certification scheme includes the same products, we would like to clarify that the products under the purview of ISI and FMCS are the same, the major difference lies in their certification process. The process of ISI certification is quite easy if compared to the process of FMCS because its certification process includes comprehensive activities such as traveling to the client’s destination country, delivering products to India, and more.

For a better understanding of the BIS certification process for cables, let’s move to the next section -

How to Get a BIS Certification For Cables | ISI and FMCS Certification Process

ISI Certification Process

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  • The application form needs to be filled out.
  • Further,  a factory inspection will be conducted for the assessment of manufacturing infrastructure, production process, quality control, and testing capabilities.
  • During an inspection, a product sample will be drawn for testing in a third-party laboratory.
  • To review, the test report of the product sample will be used.
  • Finally, you can obtain the certificate, if your product complies with the laid standards.

FMCS Certification Process

BIS Certificate For Cables

  • The application form will be duly filled out and accompanied by the required documents.
  • Along with form submission, a requisite fee will be paid, then a factory inspection will be conducted to verify the manufacturing and testing infrastructure.
  • During factory inspection, the sample of a product will be drawn for independent testing.
  • Once the inspection and independent test report verify that the product is complying with the BIS standards, the registration process will move forward.
  • Before the grant of a license, the applicant has to pay the license fee and advance minimum marking fee.
  • After making payments, the Agreement, and Indemnity Bond will be signed and a $10,000 (USD) Performance Bank Guarantee must be furnished instantly after a grant of license.
  • The FMCS certificate will be issued if a product complies with the BIS standards.

With the process of BIS certification for cables, it is clearly established that ISI and FMCS are different. Moreover, it is to be noted that ISI certification is an online process, while FMCS is an offline process, which further increases the complexities. 

However, JR Compliance - a leading compliance service provider makes it seamless through our expertise and professional approach. For more information regarding how we will make the procedure of BIS certification for cables easy, let’s move to the next section -

How Will We Help the BIS Certification Process?

  • We will educate you concerning every aspect of the ISI or FMCS BIS certificate.
  • We will check whether a product falls under the purview of BIS or not, including whether a product complies with the BIS standards or not, then, after mutual understanding, the project will move forward. 
  • Obtaining an ISI and FMCS certification is no easy task, however, there is no better place to obtain it than JR Compliance because we will analyze the product requirements to give clear guidelines.
  • JR Compliance has experienced BIS consultants, who can assist you in the documentation, evaluation, and examination.
  • We are equipped with the necessary resources to conduct a virtual pre-audit to confirm whether your manufacturing unit and production process are complying with BIS requirements or not. 
  • JR Compliance will schedule a meeting with the BIS officer for a factory audit.
  • If you lack an in-house testing facility, we will help you in setting up one.
  • We will coordinate with a BIS-accredited laboratory for product testing.
  • As a leading compliance service provider, JR Compliance will assist you in the customs clearance of the sample products.
  • You can expect reliable and punctual service delivery as we will also visit the BIS office on your behalf if required.
  • We invest our sustained efforts to meet the startled queries or demands of BIS.
  • In case of any concern, we assure to provide the finest solution.


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