ISI mark

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ISI Mark
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Expansion Indian standard ins(Bureau of Indian Standards since Jan 1 1987)
Certifying agency Bureau of Indian Standards
Effective region India
Effective since 1955
Product category Industrial products

ISI mark is a certification mark for industrial products in India. The mark certifies that a product confirms to the Indian Standard(IS), mentioned as CM/L-xxxxxxx on top of the mark, developed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the national standards body of India.[1] The ISI mark is by far the most recognized certification mark in the Indian subcontinent. The name ISI is an abbreviation of Indian Standards Institute, the former name of the Bureau of Indian Standards. The ISI mark is mandatory for certain products to be sold in India, like many of the electrical appliances[2] like switches, electric motors, wiring cables, heaters, kitchen appliances etc., and other products like Portland cement, LPG valves, LPG cylinders, automotive tires[3] etc. In the case of most other products it is voluntary to put an ISI mark.[4]

Wrong use of ISI mark[edit]

It is very common in India to find products with fake ISI marks, that is, affixing ISI marks on the product without actually getting certified.[5] Fake ISI marks usually do not carry (i) the mandatory 7-digit license number(written as CM/L-xxxxxxx) required by BIS; and (ii) IS number on top of the ISI mark which signifies the number of the Indian Standard for the particular product.[6] This is a punishable offense by the law, but the practice is uncommon.[7] some of the products use fake isi mark for eg: if the mixer grinder box has a isi mark in small it is written there fitted with isi code wire . So it means the wire has an isi mark but the mixer grinder is not a isi product .

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