AIS (Automotive Indian Standard) certification was first launched in 1989 with the publication of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR). The aim was to improve the safety of traffic and means of transport. Currently, you can do the certification with one of several accredited semi-government agencies, but the government’s plan is to give more and more certifications to government agencies like the BIS.
The most important facts about AIS certification
- Control Plan (COP Plan)
- English translation of the manufacturer’s extract from the commercial register
- Flowchart of the production steps
- Quality manual (table of contents and headings translated into English)
- Existing ISO certificates
- Drawing of the product to be certified
- List of raw materials used
- Test reports of the five most important raw materials (from the supplier)
- In-house test reports of the product to be certified
- List of machines used
- List of test equipment used
- Calibration reports of the test equipment used
- Test plan/frequency
- Job description of the test personnel
- Training plan for the test personnel
- Customer feedback / complaint form
- Standard Updating Procedure
- Procedural instruction for non-conforming parts
- Description of testing requirements
- Temperature and humidity verification laboratory
- some AIS forms
What is the AIS certification for?
AIS certification includes both mandatory and voluntary standards. Under “Find Your Product” you can search for both types of standards or products, but the following overview already shows you the products that are compulsory:
- Brake hoses
- Lights, bulbs and replaceable LEDs
- Rear view mirror
- Speed limiter
- Seat belts
- Warning triangles
- Door locks and hinges
- Number plates
- Windscreen wiper blades
- Lead batteries
- (Safety glass is now certified by BIS)
- (Wheels are now certified by BIS)\
Thus, products listed above cannot be exported to India without AIS certification and would be rejected by customs. Since the certification takes several months, manufacturers of these products should therefore start the process early.
Please note that the central authority BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) is expected to include more and more products in its own catalogue in the future, because the Indian government wants to standardise the entire certification market and manage it in a more centralised way. For this reason, glass and wheels certified with AIS until 2019 will be subject to mandatory BIS certification from 2020. Until now, existing AIS certificates could unfortunately not be converted into BIS certificates, but a renewed initial BIS certification must be undergone.
Every year on 1.4. or 1.10. news about standards or products are published so that manufacturers are not surprised by new certification obligations at irregular dates. In most cases there is a transition period for preparation before a new standard comes into force.
In addition to the mandatory AIS certified products listed above, OEMs can of course also require voluntary AIS certification for other products from their suppliers. Since this certification is independent of Indian customs, you as a manufacturer can fully comply with the OEM’s specifications here.
How does the AIS certification process work?
As described above, certification has 5 essential steps:
- Submit application documents
- Await audit date
- Carry out product testing either on site and/or in India
- Receive certification
As in the BIS certification according to ISI, a relatively large number of documents are required. However, the focus in AIS certification is much more on the technical characteristics of the product and production. Nevertheless, some formal letters are also required.
A major advantage of AIS certification over BIS certification (ISI) is that factory inspections can also take place remotely, i.e. by video rather than in person on site. This can significantly speed up the duration of the certification.
Once the tests have been successfully completed and the certificate issued, you will receive the information on how to mark. With some exceptions (e.g. door locks and windscreen wipers), all products must be marked with either the TAC or the ISI logo (as is also the case with BIS certification according to ISI) in order to be accepted by customs.