BIS guideline supports industry in understanding technical regulations


The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has published a guide on Quality Control Regulations (QCO) in India. The document helps companies to better understand and implement QCOs in India. The term quality control regulations corresponds to technical regulations.

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In recent years, the Indian government has issued an increasing number of technical regulations in the form of so-called Quality Control Orders (QCOs). These affect products from various industries such as steel, chemicals, toys, textiles and electronics.


Manufacturers must demonstrate the conformity of their products with the relevant Indian standards

To comply with these QCOs, manufacturers must oftentimes obtain a licence from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) that demonstrates the conformity of their products to the relevant Indian standards. Upon obtaining the BIS licence, manufacturers can use the Standard Mark on their products.


QCOs apply to domestically produced and imported products

Since QCOs apply to both domestically produced and imported products, companies exporting goods to India need to be aware of these requirements. Recently, BIS released a guidance document to help companies understand and implement QCOs. The document gives a comprehensive overview of the purpose and legal basis of QCOs, their content as well as the role of BIS in the implementation of QCOs. The document also provides information on how to check for exemptions and seek clarifications on QCOs.


Please download the Guidance Document on Quality Control Orders for detailed information.  

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