Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) is a national body which was established under the bureau of Indian standards act, 1986 to formulate Indian standards in order to protect the health, safety and quality standard of the product. Bureau of Indian standards operates a product certification scheme in order to protect the interest and safety of the customer. As per this scheme, license is provided only to those manufacturers by Bureau of Indian standards that produce goods in accordance with the Indian standards. There are 80 BIS laboratories all over India to test the product as per product certification scheme.
This scheme is regulated under the provisions of BIS act and rules. The scheme is developed in order to test the sample of the product in the laboratory and to assign a standard mark on the product. There are certain conditions under this scheme which are required to be fulfilled in order to get recognition under BIS.
Objective of Laboratory recognition scheme
The main objective of laboratory recognition scheme is to have a sufficient number of laboratories in India and abroad to accomplish the requirement of product certification scheme. The sample of the product is tested in these laboratories and report has been displayed for the same.
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Requirement of Laboratory Recognition Scheme
The most important requirement of LRS is that the laboratory that is looking for recognition should be accredited to IS/ISO/IEC 17025 or ISO/IEC 17025 in the following fields of testing -
Management of Laboratory recognition scheme
Management of LRS means how to manage the laboratory or what facilities are needed in the laboratory to test the product. They are as follows –
A Qualified, regular and experienced personnel is required on full time basis in order to manage a lab. All the test facilities should be available under the law as per relevant Indian standards.
All the equipment’s should be available in the laboratory in order to test the product and it should be strictly followed as per the guidelines of the Indian standards.
A laboratory should have adequate water supply and electricity facility available where the product is tested.
It must be an independent lab having no linkage with any organization or its subsidiary.
All the samples and receipts must be tested in a single premise. It should have a proper infrastructure facility to store samples before & after testing it in the same premise.
Lab should give declaration regarding applicable statutory clearances.
The fees prescribed by bureau of Indian standards must be borne by the laboratory.
As per entitlement of the auditors, travelling and stay expenses of the auditors should also be borne by the auditee laboratory.
Laboratory advisory committee (LAC)
Laboratory advisory committee of bureau of Indian standards is one of the six advisory committees of bureau of Indian standards. It gives advises to BIS on policy matters related to -
- Establishing, operating & expanding of laboratories
- Testing activities in order to support R&D program of the bureau
- Participation in national & international accreditation system in order to test the product as well as for calibration.
- Other related laboratory matters.
The testing charges declared by the laboratory will be valid for 3 years and should be in accordance with the relevant Indian standards. In case of any revision in Indian standards, testing charges will be considered for modification only after getting the approval from competent authority.
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