Alerts & Updates 28th Mar 2023

BIS Update: Enforcement of mandatory certification for Safety Glass


Sanjay Notani Partner | Mumbai
Naghm Ghei Principal Associate | Delhi NCR
Mitul Kaushal Consultant | Delhi NCR

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  • Dear Reader,

    We are writing to you with an important update regarding mandatory registration requirements applicable to imports of Safety Glass into India.

    Background On March 27, 2023, the Government of India notified a Quality Control Order for Safety Glass with some amendments. The relevant order is available here. The order came into effect from March 27, itself.
    Products concerned
    The Quality Control Order concerns the following products:

    Safety Glass (Architectural, Building and General uses)
    Safety Glass (For Road Transport)

    However, this Quality Control Order has two special provisions for Safety Glass used in vehicles:

    1) “Provided also that nothing in this Order shall apply to import of safety glass by a vehicle manufacturer for manufacturing up to ten thousand vehicles manufactured in India per financial year.”

    2) “Provided also that nothing in this Order shall apply to import of up to 5,000 number of safety glass per financial year for the purpose of repairs or after sales service of vehicles.”

    For an updated list of chemical products under mandatory BIS certification, please click here.

    For an updated list of steel & iron products under mandatory BIS certification, please click here.

    Next Steps

    As per the notifications, producers of these chemicals will now have additional time to secure BIS certification before these Orders come into force. Once these Orders come into force, both domestic and foreign manufacturers of these products will only be able to export/sell in India with a valid BIS license in place.

    To obtain such license, both foreign producers and domestic manufacturers of these products would need to submit an application to the BIS seeking certification. Furthermore, the process of certification will also require physical testing and inspection of the relevant chemicals at the factory premises as well as parallel testing by a BIS authorised laboratory in India to verify the same. BIS certification is a time-consuming process and therefore it is recommended that interested producers make applications for certification at the earliest in cases wherein Quality Control Orders have been issued and are pending enforcement.

    For any queries or comments on this update, please feel free to contact us at

Disclaimer: The information contained in this document is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal opinion or advice. This document is not intended to address the circumstances of any individual or corporate body. Readers should not act on the information provided herein without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the facts and circumstances of a situation. There can be no assurance that the judicial/quasi-judicial authorities may not take a position contrary to the views mentioned herein.