The Economy of India-the fastest developing economy on the globe with the capabilities that help it matches up with the biggest international economies of the world. Globalization has opened the world economy for trade like manufacturing, services, selling products in different countries, import-export etc. Over the last few decades, many foreign companies have set up different industries like manufacturing in India as a result of globalization. The manufacturing sector has the ability to expand its market base beyond the country borders, contribute to the foreign exchange reserves of the economy and boost the economic development of the country. It is considered as the “engine of growth”. India has become the most attractive destination for import, investment in the manufacturing sector. Many top brands have decided to invest in India, like Amazon has planned to start electronic manufacturing in India, Samsung Display Noida, which has invested a huge amount in starting its manufacturing etc. In order to boost the growth of the manufacturing sector, the Government of India has offered special incentives.
If we talk about the import, India is one of the biggest hubs for international manufacturer who can export their product to India.
In India, lots of foreign companies are operating, but every country has set different rules and standards for manufacturing. You cannot launch your product directly into the market without product conformity compliances, testing and marking. For this, you have to follow some procedures, and this is where Foreign Manufacturer Certification Scheme takes place for product certification by the Bureau of Indian Standards under ISI mark Scheme.
FOREIGN MANUFACTURERS CERTIFICATION SCHEME (FMCS)
Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS) is a Scheme operated by the Bureau of Indian Standards under Scheme-I of Schedule-II for foreign manufacturers, and this scheme enables the overseas applicants/manufacturers to use the standard mark, which is also called ISI Mark, to sell their products in India. The foreign manufacturers Certification Department (FMCD) is the only eligible authority that can grant the license for foreign manufacturers. The major motive of BIS for granting a Licence to Foreign manufactures is that the public gets good quality, safe, reliable and risk-free products.
BIS Certificate in India from the FMCD department is meant for the manufacturing units located overseas, and which will undergo for factory audit to determine whether the manufacturer is complying with all the necessary requirements illustrated by BIS. It is also mandatory for foreign applicants to nominate Authorized Indian Representative (AIR).To understand all these steps, let’s explore the parameters in detail.
BIS STANDARD MARK/ISI MARK
BIS Standard Mark or ISI Mark consists of License number as ‘CM/L-XXXXXXXXXX’ at the bottom of ISI Mark and Indian standard number at the top of above ISI Mark. This mark shall be rewarded by the Bureau of Indian Standards after the successful grant of the BIS Certificate.
Foreign manufacturers who want to export their product to India, first need to get a License from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and following requirements shall be fulfilled by the applicant.
The manufacturing unit should be located outside of India.
Ensure conformity of their product(s) to applicable Indian Standards Specification (ISS).
At the factory premises, all manufacturing machinery and testing facilities should be available.
Product testing equipment and quality control personnel should be available in-house laboratory to test the product as per applicable ISS.
The manufacturer should accept the Scheme of Inspection & Testing(SIT) and the annual marking fee.
The company/manufacturer (FMCS) should accept the terms and conditions of the License.
MANDATORY DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR FMCS ISI MARK CERTIFICATION
The documentation part under the FMCS scheme of BIS is quite simple as very recently BIS Online application system has been introduced to collect and maintain the records. Following are the essential documents, must be available with the applicant before initiating the project:
Factory/company registration documents
Flow chart of manufacturing process
Manufacturing capabilities in-house and also outsourcing agreement of manufacturing operation, if applicable.
Adequate facilities for testing
Quality Control Parameters and their records
Accept Scheme of Testing& Inspection and Annual Marking fee, laboratory product testing report and other information as per BIS norm and so on. The list of documents is quite tedious and can be obtained from BIS.