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If you are looking for a way to find out whether the product you are about to purchase or have already purchased is genuine, has passed all the safety standards and quality checks or not? Then you have come to the right place. There’s a BIS and ISI mark on the product to certify that, and today I’m here to guide you, how to check BIS, ISI mark, and also how to verify if it is genuine or not? So, let’s get started.

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How to Check the BIS or ISI mark on any Product?

Before checking the authenticity of the BIS or ISI mark, let’s get to know what they are:

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) – BIS is a body in India for the quality standards of products, it falls under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, and Food and Public Distribution.  A BIS hallmarking is for consumer products like electronic gadgets, jewelry like Gold, silver, etc. It signifies that the said product has gone through various quality tests and rigorous testing, and the purity of materials in the case of jewelry.

Indian Standards Institution (ISI) – BIS was also called ISI previously, it is a standards-compliance mark for industrial products in India since 1955. It is mandatory for 90 types of products, while advisory for others.

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Where to find the BIS or ISI Mark for any product?

Usually, the BIS or ISI mark can be found on the packaging of the product, if not then it can be found somewhere printed on the product (which is very rare). Regarding online shopping, currently, there’s no way to check these marks, as shopping portals do not list these details on their page, but well-known platforms like Flipkart and Amazon do mandate sellers to fill in info about BIS for required products in order to sell goods online.

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Steps to Cross Check the authenticity of BIS or ISI mark

  • Go to bis.gov.in
  • Click on Conformity Assessment > Online Information > Product Certification Scheme > Search a license. Or you can directly click this link
  • Fill in the CM/L number (license number) or registration number of the mark (depending on the product)
  • This will display all the details about the product, including:
    • Name and Address of the manufacturer
    • Standard number
    • Validity Date
    • Active Status
    • Brand Name
    • Product type

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Cross Check the authenticity of BIS or ISI mark Via BIS Care App

There’s also an app to check the authenticity of BIS or ISI mark via the official app, which is an easy and handy way. Like opening up a browser, and navigating to the page can be a cumbersome process for some, in that case, you can quickly check the validity within seconds by following these steps.

  • Download BIS Care App
  • Click on Verify R-No under CRS in case of BIS marked products
  • Enter the registration number, mentioned under the BIS mark on the product
  • In the case of ISI marked products, click on Licence Details
  • Enter the CM/L (Commodity License) number, mentioned on the product
  • There’s an option to raise a complaint if anything is wrong about that mark, or if it is fake.

How to Find if the mark is Geniune?

Licenses to use the BIS Standard Mark, on a large number of products are granted to manufacturers under the Conformity Assessment Scheme/Hallmarking Scheme operated under the provisions of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016. The Standard Mark for every product is unique and is notified in the Gazette of India. A License number is also mentioned along with the standard mark. This helps in identifying the unit which has manufactured the product/marked the product at a specific location.

If the mark or any other detail is found to be fake, or you find someone misusing the mark, then you can report it to the authorities:

  • Dy Director General (Policy Research & Training)
    Bureau of Indian Standards
    Manak Bhawan,
    9, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg,
    New Delhi-110002
    ddgprt@bis.gov.in
  • Head (Complaints Management and Enforcement Department)
    Bureau of Indian Standards
    Room No. 560, Mankalaya,
    9, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg,
    New Delhi-110002.
    Tel: +91-11-23235069
    Email: headtnmd@bis.gov.in
    Complaint on Web at http://bis.gov.in/
  • email on: complaints@bis.gov.in
  • BIS Care App
  • Contact the local brand office

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Penalty for Misuse of BIS or ISI mark

  • If any person is found contravening the provisions of sub-section (6) or (8) of section 14 or section 15 of BIS Act, 2016:
    • Imprisonment up to 1 year
    • Fine of 1 lakh to a maximum of 5 times the value of the product
    • If the value of the product cannot be determined, then the fine will be equal to the total turnover of the previous annual year
  • If any person is found contravening the provisions of section 17 of BIS Act, 2016:
    • Imprisonment up to 2 years
    • Fine of 2 lakhs for first contravention, fine of 5 lakhs for second and subsequent contraventions, to a maximum of 10 times the value of the product
    • If the value of the product cannot be determined, then the fine will be equal to the total turnover of the previous annual year

This is how you can check whether a product you have purchased or going to purchase, is genuine or not, whether it comes with a quality test checkup, and is it to buy and use that product or not. If you have any doubts left, let me know in the comments down below, I will try to answer them to the best of my knowledge.

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