Alerts & Updates 9th Feb 2024

BIS Update: Mandatory Certification Requirements for Steel and Steel Products


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

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  • We are writing to you with an important update regarding mandatory registration requirements applicable to imports of steel and steel products into India.

    Background The Government of India has on 5th February 5, 2024, notified the Steel and Steel Products (Quality Control) Order, 2024. This order expands the scope of the existing Steel and Steel Products (Quality Control) Order, 2020 by adding additional products. The relevant link is available here.
    Products concerned The additional products included in the order are:

    Product Standard Date of Entry into force
    Galvanized Structural Steel – Specification IS 16732:2019 August 5, 2024
    Heat-Treated Steels Alloy and

    Free-Cutting Steels — Ball and

    Roller Bearing Steels.

    IS 17111: 2019

    (ISO 683- 17:


    May 5, 2024
    Hot-dip Zinc Coating on Structural

    Steel Bars for Concrete

    Reinforcement – Specification.

    IS 12594:1988 August 5, 2024
    Ferrochromium – Specification IS 1170:1992 August 5, 2024
    Ferromanganese – Specification IS 1171:2011 August 5, 2024
    Silicomanganese – Specification IS 1470:2013 August 5, 2024

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

    Next Steps As per the notifications, producers of these products will now have 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 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 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 and for further details on BIS certification please contact

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.