Ministry of Steel urges manufacturers for aquiring licenses under the BIS Act, 2016

Jun 05, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


The Ministry of Steel on May 24, 2019, has issued a Circular urging the manufacturers for acquiring licenses under the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Act, 2016. The Government has implemented the Quality Control Order in the public interest or for the protection of human, animal or plant health, safety of the environment, or prevention of unfair trade practices, or national security. As per law no person shall manufacture, import, distribute, sell, hire, lease, store or exhibit for sale any such notified steel products without a Standard Mark, except under a valid licence granted by BIS, unless such steel products conform to the relevant Indian Standard. While license is mandatory for the notified items under the QCO, getting a license is only voluntary for the items that are not yet notified. Many of the domestic as well as foreign suppliers have been granted the BIS licenses for steel grades covered in the notified Indian Standards. 

The Ministry of Steel appeals to the Indian Steel manufacturers to participate in the Government endeavour and strive for acquiring the BIS licenses for their grades of steel. This will help in creating a quality regime in the Indian steel industry. This will also help the manufacturers to be 'future ready' when their product is notified to be covered under the Quality Control Order in the near future.


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