DEBASMITA BHATTACHARYA :The Bureau of Indian standards or BIS is the national regulatory body for quality control under ministry of consumer affair, food and public distribution, government of India. It is set and came into effect on 23rd December, 1986 under the bureau of Indian standard act 1986. The organization was previously known as Indian standard Institution (ISI) . Its headquarters are in New Delhi, along with regional offices in Kolkata Chennai, Mumbai, Chandigarh, and Delhi and 20 branch offices .
Th organisations under BIS includes National institute of training for standardization (1995)- a training institute functioning for Noida and Uttar Pradesh which executes in-house and open training programme for industry, training programme for its employee and international training programme for developing countries. Next it includes Laboratories – there are 8 laboratories under BIS for testing products of chemical , food, electrical and mechanical disciplines. Small scale industry felicitation cell assists small scale entrepreneurs who are backbone of Indian industry and promote such units to be certified with ISI mark. Moreover, if any customer reports against any certified product at Grievance cell of BIS , it gives redressal to the customer .
BIS plays a major role in formulation, recognition and promotion of the Indian standard of economy. Products like milk powder, cylinder drinking water certification is mandatory under BIS. Foreign manufactures of products which are intend to export to India need the certification licence approved by BIS. Indian importers also need to be certified by BIS. Moreover , environmental management system, occupational health and safety management system, energy management system, road traffic safety management system and food safety management system need the certification of BIS.