India: Mandatory certification for various chemicals postponed

On 28 June 2022, we have already reported on the list of required-to-certify chemicals. In 2021, the Indian government began subjecting various chemicals to a BIS certification issued by the Bureau of Indian Standards. Originally, these chemicals were to be subject to mandatory certification at different but closely spaced points in time in 2022 and 2023 in order to be imported.

However, as is so often the case in India, the expectation failed to meet the plans of the Bureau and the industry, which was (fortunately) forced to exert pressure on the government. For nine of the more than 60 chemicals at the time, this means that mandatory certification has now been postponed until 2024.

The following table contains the nine products with the relevant IS standards and the date from which these products may only be imported into India with BIS certification following the updates:

Chemicals, polymers & fatty acids
S. No.Indian StandardTitleValid from (QCO)
1IS 7328:2020Polyethylene material for moulding and extrusion5 January 2024
2IS 5149:2020Maleic anhydride24 April 2024
3IS 13601:1993Ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers3 April 2024
4IS 10931 : 1984Lauric acid24 April 2024
5IS 12029 : 1986Sour oil24 April 2024
6IS 12067: 1987Palm fatty acids24 April 2024
7IS 12068: 1987Rice bran fatty acids24 April 2024
8IS 12069: 1987Coconut fatty acids24 April 2024
9IS 12068 :1987Hydrogenated rice bran fatty acids24 April 2024

The BIS certification according to the FMCS scheme includes an inspection of the production plant, product tests in India and a corresponding marking of the products after successful certification. Further information on the details of BIS certification can be found here.

If you have any questions about these or other points or would like a copy of a standard, please contact us at any time. Our long-standing contacts with all relevant Indian authorities allow us to respond quickly and we are happy to support you in any certification project.

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