Laboratory Recognition Scheme
BIS operates Laboratory Recognition Scheme which is governed by the provisions under Section 13 (4) of the BIS Act 2016 and Section 32 (2), (3) & (4) of the BIS Rules, 2018. These statutory provisions confer upon BIS, powers to recognize any laboratory in India or outside India for carrying out testing of samples in relation to conformity assessment and such other functions as the Bureau may assign to it. The Rules also provide for issuance of guidelines for suspension or withdrawal, revocation or renewal of recognized laboratories. BIS also maintains record of such laboratories as are recognized by it for testing of samples of articles or processes in relation to relevant Indian Standards. The delegation of powers for carrying out the activities for the operation of the scheme shall be as given in
It is neither physically possible nor economically viable for BIS laboratories to develop testing facilities for each and every product covered under BIS Product Certification Scheme.
Accordingly, this Laboratory Recognition Scheme (LRS) has been formulated with the objective of having a sufficient number of outside laboratories in India and abroad, in addition to BIS labs to cater to the needs of Product Certification Scheme.
Changes in management/structure of laboratory:
During the operation of recognition, a number of special situations arise on account of changes in
the management/structure of the lab. The situations may be of the following type:
a) Change in address of the laboratory premises;
b) Change in the name of laboratory without change of ownership and management;
c) Change in the ownership of the laboratory, with or without change in the name;
d) Division of the laboratory into two or more units with one of them retaining the original name;
e) Division of the laboratory into two or more units none retaining the original name;
f) Merging of two or more laboratories into one entity with change in name or retaining one of the original names.
1. This scheme lays down the criteria, terms and conditions of recognition, renewal, suspension, de-recognition, appeal, complaint handling mechanism, administrative instructions for testing & issuing test reports and charges relating to recognition of outside labs.
2. The recognition shall in no way be a guarantee from BIS concerning utilization of lab for testing of samples drawn under BIS Product Certification Scheme.