Alerts & Updates 19th Mar 2024

BIS Update: Extension of Mandatory Certification for certain Chemical Products

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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 certification requirements applicable to imports of certain chemical products into India.

    Background The Government of India has on March 18, 2024, extended the date of enforcement of the existing Quality Control Order for Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Copolymers, Acrylonitrile, Styrene, and Maleic Anhydride. Producers of this product will now have additional time to obtain BIS certification for their products. The relevant order is available here.
    Products concerned The date of entry into force of existing Quality Control Orders for the following chemicals have been extended:

    Product Date of Entry into force
    Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Copolymers October 3, 2024
    Acrylonitrile October 24, 2024
    Styrene (Vinyl Benzene) October 24, 2024
    Maleic Anhydride October 24, 2024

     For a master list of all 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 insights@elp-in.com and for further details on BIS certification please contact tradewatch@elp-in.com

Disclaimer: The information provided in this update is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal opinion or advice. Readers are requested to seek formal legal advice prior to acting upon any of the information provided herein. This update is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or corporate body. There can be no assurance that the judicial/quasi-judicial authorities may not take a position contrary to the views mentioned herein.