Alerts & Updates 25th Jul 2023

BIS Update : Nuts, Bolts and Fasteners

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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 registration requirements applicable to manufacture and import of Nuts, Bolts and Fasteners into India.

    Background The Government of India has on July 21, 2023, issued a new Quality Control Order (QCO) for Nuts, Bolts and Fasteners. Producers of this product will now have to obtain BIS certification for their products. The relevant order for Nuts, Bolts and Fasteners is available here.
    Products concerned
    The QCO covers the following products:

    Indian Standard (IS) Product
    1363 (Part 1):2019 Hexagon Head Bolts, Screws and Nuts of product Grade C Hexagon Head Bolts (Size Range M 5 to M 64)
    1363 (Part 2): 2018 Hexagon Head Screw (Size ranges from M 5 to M 64)
    1363 (Part 3): 2018 Hexagon Head Bolts, Screws and Nuts of product Grade C – Hexagon Nuts (Size Range M5 to M64)
    1364 (Part 1):2018 Hexagon Head Bolts, Screws and Nuts of product Grades A and B – Hexagon Head Bolts (Size Range M 1.6 To M 64)
    1364 (Part 2) :2018 Hexagon Head Bolts, Screws and Nuts of Product Grades A and B – Hexagon Head Screws (Size Range M 1.6 to M 64)
    4621:1975 Indicating Bolts for use in public baths and lavatories
    5187:1972 Flush Bolts
    10238:2001 Fasteners – Threaded Steel Fastener – Step Bolts for Steel Structures
    12427:2001 Fasteners – Threaded Steel Fasteners – Hexagon Head Transmission Tower Bolts
    3757:1985 High Strength Structural Bolts
    204 (Part 2): 1992 Tower Bolts- Non-ferrous metals
    204 (Part 1):1991 Tower Bolts- Ferrous metals
    Standard not provided Stainless Steel Sliding Door Bolts (Aldrops) for use With Padlocks
    2681:1993 Non-ferrous metal sliding door bolts (aldrops) for use with padlocks
    281:2009 Mild steel sliding door bolts for use with padlocks
    7534:1985 Sliding locking bolts for use with padlocks
    1284:1975 Wrought Aluminium Alloy Bolt and Screw Stock for General Engineering purposes
    15833:2009 Stainless steel Tower Bolts
    6623:2004 High Strength Structural Nuts

    It shall come into force with effect from six months from the date of publication of notification i.e., January 21, 2024.

    However, this QCOs has some special provisions:

    • For Micro and Small Enterprises as defined under the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006 (27 of 2006), the orders shall come into force with effect from 9 months and 12 months respectively.
    • Nothing in the order(s) shall apply to goods or articles manufactured domestically by an enterprise, registered under “Udyam Portal” of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India wherein the investment in plant and machinery or equipment at original cost does not exceed twenty-five lakh rupees and the turnover does not exceed two crore rupees for the previous financial year as certified by a Chartered Accountant. MSMEs fulfilling these criteria shall be exempted from the implementation of this order.
    • Nothing in this Order shall apply to goods or articles imported as a part of any finished good or sub-assembly or component.
    • Nothing in this Order shall apply to goods or articles imported by domestic manufacturer for manufacturing products for export.

    For an updated 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 products 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 insights@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.