BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards), the National Standards Body has been successfully promoting and nurturing standards movement within the country since 1947. BIS came into existence on 01 April 1987 through an Act of Parliament dated 26 November 1986. It took over the staff, assets, liabilities and functions of the erstwhile Indian Standards Institution (ISI) with an enlarged scope and enhanced powers for harmonious development of activities of standardization, marking and quality certification of goods and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
BIS has its Headquarters at New Delhi and its 05 Regional Offices (ROs) are at Kolkata (Eastern), Chennai (Southern), Mumbai (Western), Chandigarh (Northern) and Delhi (Central). Under the Regional Offices are the Branch Offices (BOs) located at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Lucknow, Nagpur, Parwanoo, Patna, Pune, Rajkot, Raipur, Durgapur, Jamshedpur and Vishakhapatnam, which offer certification services to the industry and serve as effective link between State Governments, industries, technical institutions, consumer organizations etc. of the respective region.
The biggest challenge before BIS, as an apex body of formulating standards, is to be seen as a centre of excellence in bringing about qualitative changes in its functioning and relationship with different stakeholders. BIS with more than 500 qualified technical and scientific personnel and more than 25000 experts voluntarily associated with standardization activity, has made a very significant and valuable contribution to the orderly growth of the country’s economy. BIS has so far formulated over 19000 standards in various technology areas, which help the industry in upgrading the quality of their goods and services.
For better control on standards formulation process and for the overall management of technical committee work, a Standards Management Board at the apex level is proposed to be constituted to oversee the activity.
A Roadmap has been prepared for Harmonization of Indian Standards with Agmark.
A system of concurrent running of two Indian Standards at a time has been introduced.
Multiple Grades are being specified in Indian Standards to give better choice to consumers and also provide an opportunity to manufacturers to scale up quality and enhance exports.