The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the National Standards Body of India which is working under the aegis of the Ministries of human affairs, food, and public distribution, the Government of India. It was established by the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986 which came into effect on 23 December 1986. The Minister who is in the charge of the Ministry or Department having the administrative control of the BIS is the ex-officio President of the BIS. BIS and FSSAI are complementary to each other.
The organization was formerly known as the Indian Standards Institution (ISI) which was set up under the Resolution of the Department of Industries and the Supplies No. 1 Std. (4)/45, dated 3 September 1946. The Indian Standards Institution was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
As a corporate body, BIS has 25 members which are drawn from Central or the State Governments, the industry, scientific and the research institutions, and the consumer organizations. Its headquarters are in New Delhi, with regional offices located in Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Chandigarh, and Delhi also and 20 branch offices also. It also works as an inquiry point for India. BIS and FSSAI role in its functioning.
The BIS has a lot of significance pertaining to FSSAI as BIS is the one which has provided the rights of safety and standards to the FSSAI License. BIS performs a lot of tasks and it helps the other departments also to work properly without facing any troubles. It performs various activities such as the collective development of standardization, marking and quality certification to basically provide a thrust standardization and also to evolve a national strategy to attain recognition to the standards and integrating them with growth and the development of production and exports. There are certain powers and functions of the BIS.
The bureau exercises some of the special powers and performs many such duties that may be assigned to the department by or under the act and, in particular, such special powers including-
- Establish, publish and promote in such manner as it may be prescribed the Indian Standard, in relation to any article or any of the process. BIS and FSSAI role in its functioning.
- Attain recognition as an Indian Standard, in such a manner to that the standard established by any of the other Institution in India or elsewhere, in relation to any article or process.
- Basically, specify a Standard Mark to be called as Bureau of Indian standards certification mark which must be of a particular design and should contain the particulars which may be prescribed to represent a particular Indian Standard.
- Grant, renew, suspend or cancel a license with the use of the Standard Mark.
- Levy the fees for granting or renewal of any license;
- Make inspections and take samples of any material or substance as may be necessary.
- Seek the recognition of the Bureau and of the Indian Standards outside India on such terms and conditions as it may be mutually agreed upon by the Bureau with any corresponding organization in any country.
The BIS is important for the FSSAI Registration as it helps it to do all the safety work. BIS is a very important department in every department because it makes sure every standard is followed perfectly without any problem.