Alerts & Updates 29th Apr 2024

BIS Update: Mandatory Certification for Certain Copper Products


Sanjay Notani Partner | Mumbai
Naghm Ghei Principal Associate | Delhi NCR
Sarthak Yadav Associate | Mumbai

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  • Dear Reader,

    We are writing to you with an important update regarding mandatory certification requirements applicable to the manufacture and imports of certain copper products in India.

    Background On April 25, 2024, the Government of India has notified a new Quality Control Order (QCO) for certain copper products. As per the QCO, compliance with certain Indian Standards, as listed in the QCO would be a pre-requisite for the sale of the covered products in India and the products must be certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (“BIS”).

    The relevant order is available here.

    Products concerned
    The QCO would apply to products covered by the following Indian Standards:

    Indian Standard Title  
    IS 12444:2020 Copper Wire Rods for Electrical Applications
    IS 613:2000 Copper Rods and Bars for Electrical Purposes
    IS 1897:2008 Copper strip for electrical purposes
    IS 4171:1983 Copper rods and bars for general engineering purposes
    IS 1545: 1994 Solid drawn copper and copper alloy tubes for condensers and heat exchangers
    IS 2501: 1995 Solid drawn copper tubes for general engineering purposes
    IS 14810:2000 Copper Tubes for plumbing – Specification
    IS 10773:1995 Wrought Copper Tubes for Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Purposes
    IS 4412:1981 Copper wires for general engineering purposes

     For a master list of all products under mandatory BIS certification, please click here.

    Timelines for Implementation The QCO would come into force in a staggered manner for different types of enterprises:

    • For small enterprises: January 19, 2025.
    • For micro enterprises: April 19, 2025.

    For all enterprises other than micro and small enterprises: October 19, 2024.

    Next Steps Once the QCO comes into force, both domestic and foreign manufacturers of the covered copper products will only be able sell these products in India after obtaining certification from the BIS.

    To obtain this certification, both foreign producers and domestic manufacturers of these copper products would need to submit a formal application to the BIS. Furthermore, the process of certification will also require physical testing and inspection of the relevant product at the factory premises as well as parallel testing by a BIS authorized 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 order to obtain certification by the date when the QCO comes into force.

    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.