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ISI / BIS Certification for Toluene

BIS Certification for Toluene IS 537 - By Brand Liaison
ISI / BIS Certification is mandatory for


IS Standard : IS 537:2011

Toluene, chemically formula C7H8, is a colorless, aromatic liquid hydrocarbon that is also referred to as methylbenzene. It mixes well with a wide range of organic solvents, although its solubility in water is restricted. Toluene floats on the water's top because it is less thick than water. It is often employed in a variety of industrial processes, including as the creation of chemicals, paints, coatings, and fuels, as a solvent and additive. Crude oil is the source of toluene, a useful feedstock for the petrochemical sector. It is frequently used in applications including paint thinners, nail polish removers, and as an industrial solvent in the production of plastics, rubber, and adhesives because of its outstanding solvent characteristics and low boiling point. 

The wide range of sectors that use toluene, such as petrochemicals, automotive, construction, and healthcare, fuel demand for the substance. It is an essential part of the chemical industry due to its significance in a number of industrial processes and its part in the creation of valuable compounds. The value of the worldwide toluene market was estimated at USD 23.5 billion in 2022, and it is projected to rise at a substantial compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.9% from 2023 to 2032, reaching USD 41.1 billion.

Under IS standard IS 537:2011, all toluene is now part of the mandatory ISI Certification Scheme.

The requirements and procedures for sampling and testing to guarantee toluene quality are described in this standard. To reduce possible risks, its usage and handling must adhere to safety and legal requirements. 

Without the ISI Mark, this product cannot be marketed, imported, or exported into the Indian consumer market.


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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Why choose Brand Liaison?

Brand Liaison provides helpful support for achieving ISI Mark Certification. Among our offerings are:

  •  Expert guidance
  •  Streamline process
  • Comprehensive support
  • Cost-effective solutions
  • Time efficient

Please click here to get in contact with our team of specialists for a deeper explanation of the paperwork and steps needed to get ISI Mark Certification.

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