Full Form of BIS:
Bureau of Indian Standards
BIS Full Form is Bureau of Indian Standards. BIS refers to the National standards body functioning in India under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India. The BIS was founded vide the Bureau of Indian Standards Act 1986 which was enforced on December 23, 1986. The Minister-in-charge of the Department or Ministry is the ex-officio President of the body and he/she, in this capacity, exercises administrative control over the body.
The BIS was formerly known as the Indian Standards Institution (abbreviated as ISI), which was set up vide the Resolution passed by the former Department of Industries and Supplies in the year 1946. The ISI was also a registered society under the Societies Registration Act 1860. The organizational structure of the BIS comprises 25 members from State or Central governments, research institutions, industry, and various consumer organizations. The headquarters of the BIS are located in New Delhi, with regional offices situated in Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh, and Mumbai. It has20 branch offices. The role of BIS is that of a WTO-TBT enquiry point.
In order to support activities pertaining to product certification, the BIS operates 8 laboratories. These laboratories have testing facilities for products of food, chemical, mechanical and electrical disciplines. Every year, 25k samples undergo testing in these laboratories. Barring two laboratories, all the other laboratories are National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (abbreviated as NABL) accredited. The BIS also has a functional laboratory recognition scheme as well. The product Certifications scheme that the BIS operate is voluntary.