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What is BIS Standard?

What is BIS Standard

What is BIS Standard?

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the National Standards Body of India is working under the aegis of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India. It is established by the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986 which came into effect on 23 December 1986. The Minister in charge of the Ministry or Department having administrative control of the BIS is the ex-officio President of the BIS.

FSSAI has set certain guidelines for food safety research. The Research and Development division is responsible for research with the following objectives:

Generate new knowledge that would help in continually updating and upgrading food safety standards which are compatible with international organizations
Carry out evidence-based studies for improving or building policies.
The organization was formerly the Indian Standards Institution (ISI), set up under the Resolution of the Department of Industries and Supplies No. 1 Std. (4) /45, dated 3 September 1946. The ISI was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

A new Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Act 2016 which was notified on 22 March 2016, has been brought into force with effect from 12 October 2017. The Act establishes the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India.

As a corporate body, it has 25 members drawn from Central or State Governments, industry, scientific and research institutions, and consumer organizations. Its headquarters are in New Delhi, with regional offices in Eastern Region at Kolkata, South Region at Chennai, Western Region at Mumbai, Northern Region at Chandigarh, and Central Region at Delhi and 20 branch offices. It also works as WTO-TBT inquiry point for India.


BIS Laboratories

To support the activities of product certification, BIS has a chain of 8 laboratories. These laboratories have established testing facilities for products of chemical, food, electrical and mechanical disciplines.

Approximately, 25000 samples are being tested in the BIS laboratories every year. In certain cases where it is economically not feasible to develop, test facilities in BIS laboratories and also for other reasons like overloading of samples, equipment being out of order, the services of outside approved laboratories are also being availed. Except for the two labs, all the other labs are NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) accredited. It operates a laboratory recognition scheme also.

Standard formulation and promotion in BIS

One of the major functions of the Bureau is the formulation, recognition, and promotion of the Indian Standards. As of 1 January 2019, over 20,000 Standards have been formulated by BIS, are in force. These cover important segments of the economy, which help the industry in upgrading the quality of its products and services.

BIS has identified 15 sectors that are important to the Indian Industry. For the formulation of Indian Standard, it has separate Division Council to oversee and supervise the work. The Standards are regularly reviewed and formulated in line with the technological development to maintain harmony with the International Standards.

BIS standards For foreign manufacturers

Foreign manufacturers of products who intend to export to India also may obtain a BIS product certification license. For some products, various Indian government ministries/departments/agencies makes it compulsory to have BIS certification.

Towards this, BIS launched its Product Certification Scheme for overseas manufacturers in the year 2000, which is called Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme. Under the provisions of this scheme, foreign manufacturers can seek certification from BIS for marking their product(s) with BIS Standard Mark.

The foreign manufacturer needs to appoint an Authorized Indian Representative who will be an Indian Resident to act as an agent between BIS and the manufacturer. Depending on the product, the manufacturer has to imprint one of two possible marks on the product label.

The Standard Mark or the ISI Mark. The Standard Mark is compulsory for certain types of electronics and IT goods, whereas the ISI mark is mandatory for product categories such as cement, household electrical products, food products, steel materials, etc. The ISI mark is also used for several voluntary BIS certification product categories.


what is BIS standard-BIS president

BIS President

Hon’ble Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India

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BIS Vice President

Shri Danve Raosaheb Dadarao
Hon'ble Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India

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BIS Director General

Pramod Kumar Tiwari
Director General

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BIS Location-HeadQuarter

9 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110002,India
Tel : +91 11 23230131, 23233375, 23239402 (10 lines)
Fax : +91 11 23234062, 23239399, 23239382 After office hours : +91 11 23215936
Email : info[at]bis[dot]gov[dot]in Website:

BIS standards for the Portland Cement

  • For Ordinary Portland Cement 43 grade, the IS code is IS 8112

The cement bags carrying IS 8112 mark were presumed to be having 43-grade cement.

  • For Ordinary Portland Cement 53 grade cement, the IS code used to be IS 12269.

All cement bags having 53-grade cement carried IS 12269 mark.

  • For White Portland Cement, the IS Code is IS 8042 (1989)
  • For Portland pozzolana cement, Part 1, the IS code is IS 1489-1
  • For Portland Pozzolona cement – CALCINED CLAY BASED
    the IS code is IS 1489 (PART 2) : 2015
  1. Download PDF file: IS 8112 (1989): Specification for 43 grade ordinary
    Portland cement [CED 2: Cement and Concrete]
  2. Download PDF file: IS 12269-2013 Specification for 53 grade ordinary
  3. Download PDF file: IS 8042 (1989): White Portland Cement
  4. Download PDF file: IS 1489-Part 2: 2015
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ISI Mark

The ISI mark is a standards-compliant mark for industrial products in India since 1955. The mark certifies that a product conforms to an Indian standard (IS) developed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the national standards body of India. The ISI mark is by far the most recognized certification marks in the Indian subcontinent.

The ISI is an initialism of Indian Standards Institution, the name of the national standards body until 1 January 1987, when it was renamed to the Bureau of Indian Standards. The ISI mark is mandatory for certain products to be sold in India, such as many of the electrical appliances like switches, electric motors, wiring cables, heaters, kitchen appliances, etc., and other products like Portland cement, LPG valves, LPG cylinders, automotive tires, etc. In the case of most other products, ISI marks are optional.


It is very common in India to find products with fake ISI marks. That is, industrial traders, cheat customers by affixing ISI marks on the product without actually getting certified. Fake ISI marks usually do not carry

(i) The mandatory 7-digit license number (of the format CM/L-xxxxxxx, where x signifies a digit from the license number) required by BIS; and
(ii) The IS number on top of the ISI mark which signifies the Indian standard a particular product is in compliance with.
For example, if a kitchen grinder’s box has a small ISI mark on it with the ISI code of the appliance’s wire, one can conclude that the wire is BIS-certified but the appliance itself is not a BIS-certified product. Counterfeiting ISI marks is a punishable offense by the law, but enforcement is uncommon.


What is BIS standard

The mark certifies that a product conforms to an Indian standard (IS) developed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)

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ISI Mark on Cement Bag/ BIS Standard

Datis Export Group supplies BIS Standard Portland Cement

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Datis Export Group supplies Portland Cement (Grey Portland Cement, and White Portland Cement) based on BIS Standard so we can export Grey Cement and White Cement to India.

For Russia and CIS countries, we supply the Portland Cement, based on GOST M500 standards.


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