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ISI / BIS Certification for Ferrochromium

BIS Certificate for Ferrochromium
ISI / BIS Certification is mandatory for


IS Standard : IS 1170:1992

Ferrochromium, commonly referred to as ferrochrome, is an alloy composed primarily of iron and chromium, with varying amounts of other elements such as carbon and silicon. It is a crucial raw material in the production of stainless steel and special alloy steels due to its ability to impart corrosion resistance, hardness, and high-temperature strength to the final product. Ferrochrome is typically produced through smelting chromite ore in electric arc furnaces or submerged arc furnaces, where the chromium and iron oxides are reduced to elemental form by carbon or silicon. The resulting alloy is then used as an additive in steelmaking processes to achieve specific alloying requirements, particularly in the production of stainless steels for various applications ranging from kitchen utensils to industrial machinery. The availability and cost of ferrochrome play significant roles in determining the competitiveness and pricing of stainless steel in the global market, making it a critical component in the steel industry.

IS 1170:1992 is a pivotal standard for Ferrochromium, playing a vital role in ensuring the quality, safety, and reliability of this crucial alloy in various industrial applications. This standard provides comprehensive guidelines and specifications for manufacturers, covering essential aspects such as chemical composition, physical properties, and manufacturing processes. By setting clear parameters for factors like chromium content, carbon content, and impurity levels, IS 1170:1992 ensures that Ferrochromium meets stringent standards for consistency and suitability in metallurgical processes. Compliance with this standard fosters confidence among consumers and enhances the efficiency and reliability of Ferrochromium in diverse industrial applications, including stainless steel production, alloy manufacturing, and refractory materials. Adherence to IS 1170:1992 promotes regulatory compliance and contributes to the overall competitiveness of the Ferrochromium industry by ensuring standardized production practices and facilitating market acceptance of Ferrochromium products.

Note: Obtaining the ISI/BIS Certification is a mandatory requirement for manufacturers of Ferrochromium – Specification to sell their products in the Indian market.

Manufacturers are required to obtain ISI/BIS certification for their Ferrochromium – Specification in order to legally market and sell these products within India. This certification serves as a crucial validation of compliance with specific quality and safety standards established by the BIS for ferrochromium, ensuring its suitability for various industrial applications. Without the ISI/BIS certification, manufacturers face potential legal consequences and barriers to accessing the Indian market. Obtaining this certification is a legal necessity and a critical step for manufacturers to demonstrate the adherence, reliability, and quality of their ferrochromium products. This certification process highlights the importance of ensuring the integrity and performance of ferrochromium, instilling confidence among stakeholders in the metallurgical industry regarding the suitability and compliance of these products with Indian standards for industrial use.


About ISI / BIS Certification

Indian Standards Institute, or ISI was renamed the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in 1987. The official mark that the Bureau of Indian Standards provides for manufacturers of various goods is the ISI Mark. It is used to indicate compliance with Indian standards (IS) set by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and has been used as a conformity marking for industrial products. Manufacturers received permission from BIS to use the ISI Mark on items that comply with relevant Indian requirements through the product certification program. 

Only manufacturers (domestic or foreign) who produce the finished product will be awarded ISI Certification. This will not be given to any product importers, traders, dealers, or distributors.


Documents Required for ISI / BIS Certification

The following documentation is required to get an ISI certification:

  • Main Application Form V
  • Address Proof of Manufacturing Unit
  • Details of Manufacturing Process
  • Test Report of products

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Process of ISI / BIS Certification

There are two approaches for Indian manufacturers to become certified with the ISI Mark:

  • Regular Procedure
  • Simplified Procedure 


Regular Procedure

With the possible exception of cases deemed "All India first," which might take up to 180 days, the licensing procedure is expected to be finished in 120 days. This timeline starts on the day the application is received, assuming that at different points in time the documentation, unit assessment, and product conformance are all deemed acceptable.

Step 1: Manufacturing Unit Customization in Compliance with Applicable Indian Standards

  • Identifying the applicable Indian Standard
  • Establishing in-house testing facilities as per the Standard's requirements

Step 2: Submission of the Application Form

  • Preparing an Internal Test Report for the product by the relevant Indian Standard
  • Compiling all necessary documents
  • Completing the Online Application Form
  • Online payment of application fees directly to BIS
  • Submitting hard copies of the Application Form with all enclosures to the relevant Branch Office (BO) of BIS

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Simplified Procedure

This is a much faster process than the standard procedure. After a factory inspection is deemed satisfactory and the initial evaluation establishes that the sample complies with the applicable Indian Standard(s), the license application process is expected to be finished in 30 days.

Step 1: Adapting the Manufacturing Unit to Comply with the Relevant Indian Standard

  • Identifying the applicable Indian Standard
  • Establishing in-house testing facilities to meet the Standard's requirements

Step 2: Sample Testing

  • Obtaining the necessary certificate for raw materials (Material Test Certificate - MTC)
  • Conducting product sample testing at a BIS-recognized testing laboratory

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ISI Mark Certification Process for Foreign Manufacturers

The process of obtaining ISI Mark Certification for Foreign Manufacturers typically includes the following steps:

Step 1: Application

  • Compile all the required documents.
  • Submit the documents along with the Application Fee.
  • An Application Number will be allotted.
  • Scrutiny of the Application will be conducted within a specified time frame.​

Step 2: Query Raised (If Any)

  • If any documents are missing or there is non-compliance, you will be informed.
  • You need to submit a reply within the given timeframe.

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