Guide to India’s Foreign Manufacturer Certification Scheme

India is solidifying its role as a major production and assembly hub, with increased imports of raw materials to meet global demand. However, this surge has led to a rise in substandard commodity dumping. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) ensures imported goods meet quality standards through the Foreign Manufacturer Certification Scheme (FMCS). Since 2000, FMCS requires foreign manufacturers to obtain certification under the ISI mark, involving rigorous factory audits and compliance checks. Fees for certification include application, special visit, and testing charges. The scheme mandates an Authorized Indian Representative (AIR) for foreign applicants, ensuring adherence to BIS norms. The process takes six to nine months, ensuring quality and compliance for over 200 product categories.