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ISI refers to Indian Standards Institute. ISI is a certification for industrial items in India. A body set up when India gained freedom to create standards needed for orderly profitable growth and maintaining quality in industries production. By the mid-80s, the country’s socio-economic weather had changed and enhance the needed to set up a stronger body. The BIS, which then took terminated as ISI is a short form of Indian Standards Institute, the previous name of the Bureau of Indian Standards. It has 7-digit license number which is required by Bureau of Indian Standard. On a product, it is an assurance of conformity to the stipulations.
The conformity is ensured by regular surveillance of the licensee’s performance by surprise checks and testing of samples, drawn both from the market and factory. The ISI mark is mandatory for certifying items to be sold in India. In the same way, electrical appliances like wiring cables, electric motors, kitchen appliances, switches, heaters and so on, and others items like LPG cylinder, valves and for most other products, it is voluntary to put an ISI mark.
There are 19000 standards formulated for products across the 16 categories. It covers so many localities with such scrupulous details that there actually shouldn’t be an inferior product. On the oter hand, the product certification is intentional. There is a list of items which for reasons of public health, safety or mass nature of feeding are mandatory certified by BIS. It includes gas valves, cylinders and infant foods. Production of such products can’t apply for ISI under the voluntary scheme.
Basically, this certification programme is voluntary. If any producer who feels confident enough that his/her product has the liability to meet the BIS standard can apply for product certification in following ways: