FMCS for Automobile Accessories | Fees, Process & Documents Required

Updated on February 14, 2024 12:17:57 PM

FMCS's full form is the Foreign Manufacturer’s Certification Scheme. FMCS for automobile accessories states that International Manufacturers who sell automobile accessories require FMCS certification to freely trade within the borders of India. FMCS is a scheme under the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) which is responsible for ensuring the compliance of product standards to Indian Standards.

BIS FMCS Sample

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Eligibility Criteria of BIS FMCS for Automobile Accessories

  • Applicants must make sure their factories are located outside the borders of India.
  • Foreign Manufacturers make sure that their products conform with the BIS standards i.e. quality, safety, reliability, and performance.
  • A manufacturer who deals with automobile accessories is obligated to pay i.e. registration fee, audit fee, license fee, advance minimum marking fee, performance bank guarantee, etc.
  • Manufacturers should test the automobile accessories before applying for an FMCS license.
  • Authorization of an Indian Representative abbreviated as AIR must be selected to deal with the matters related to the process on behalf of the firm.
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Few Automobile Accessories covered under BIS FMCS

  • Bumper Guards
  • Headlight Covers
  • Mudflaps
  • Roof Racks
  • Side Steps
  • Tailgate Guards
  • Windshield Covers
  • Fuel Tanks
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Mirrors
  • Seat Belts
  • Tyres
  • Batteries
  • Brakes
  • Catalytic Converters
  • Electrical Wiring Harnesses
  • Exhaust Systems
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Process of BIS FMCS for Automobile Accessories

Preparation: The first and foremost step of the manufacturer is to accept all the terms and conditions of the BIS to obtain the FMCS license. Along with that, the manufacturer must collect all the documents needed in the process, i.e. business license, trademark certificate, manufacturing equipment raw materials details, etc.

Application Form: The manufacturer can apply for an FMCS license online on the BIS portal or the manufacturer can provide the hard copy of the documents offline at the FMCD department in Delhi. Manufacturers must submit all the documents and fill in the correct and complete details. Also to progress further, the manufacturer has to pay a registration fee to apply for an FMCS license.

Issue Raised (if any): BIS FMCS authorities send an email to the applicant organization if they find any missing or incorrect information in the application form. If the authorities find no issues with the application form, the application is considered for further formalities.

Nomination of AIR: Authorization of Indian Representative is the full form of AIR. AIR is an Indian resident who deals with matters related to the firm with the BIS authorities. An AIR must have knowledge related to FMCS, government rules and regulations manufacturing firms, and automobile accessories.

Factory Audit: The manufacturer pays for the inspection fee after which the BIS authorities visit the factory premises to understand the conformity of standards in depth. The authorities examine the factory location, manufacturing equipment, raw materials used for production, testing facilities available at the site, production process, and various other factors.

Inspection: The International manufacturers willing to trade in India manufacture batteries at factories located outside India. The manufacturer has to pay the required fee for the inspection after which BIS FMCS authorities visit the factory to examine the manufacturing process, quality control procedures, machinery, raw materials used, etc.

Product Sample: The authorities collect the sample of the automobile accessories to ensure quality, safety, reliability, and performance. In other words, it is collected and sent to the BIS and NABL-certified laboratories to make sure no unscrupulous accessories are available in the market.

Laboratory Results: If the laboratory reports are negative it suggests that the standards of the automobile accessories are not compliant with the standards of the BIS standards. Thus, the process stops here. If the laboratory reports are positive, it suggests that the standards of the automobile accessories are compliant with the standards of the BIS. Thus, the license is granted.

Issuance of Certification: The manufacturer has to pay for the license fee and other miscellaneous fees after which the license is issued to the manufacturing firm.

Indemnity Bond and PBG: The manufacturer has to sign an indemnity bond with the BIS authorities. Along with that, the manufacturer has to pay USD 10,000 as Performance Bank Guarantee.

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Documents Required for BIS FMCS for Automobile Accessories

  • BIS FMCS enhances the quality of automobile accessories.
  • It ensures that the manufacturers who sell automobile accessories must meet the relevant Indian Standards.
  • The manufacturer can use the ISI mark on the product which helps in reaching a wider audience.
  • The BIS FMCS certification helps in distinguishing the firm from its competitors. Thus, the firm has made a brand identity in the market.
  • BIS FMCS is a tool that helps in gaining the confidence of the customers towards a product.
  • It is beneficial as it helps build a positive reputation for the organization in the Indian Market.
  • BIS FMCS helps in converting the public into the buyers which boosts the revenue of the organization.
  • It resolves any legal issues that could arise if a firm did not obtain BIS FMCS certification before selling their product within the Indian Market.
  • The certification helps the manufacturers to freely trade automobile accessories within the border of India.
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Benefits of BIS FMCS for Automobile Accessories

  • BIS FMCS enhances the quality of automobile accessories.
  • It ensures that the manufacturers who sell automobile accessories must meet the relevant Indian Standards.
  • The manufacturer can use the ISI mark on the product which helps in reaching a wider audience.
  • The BIS FMCS certification helps in distinguishing the firm from its competitors. Thus, the firm has made a brand identity in the market.
  • BIS FMCS is a tool that helps in gaining the confidence of the customers towards a product.
  • It is beneficial as it helps build a positive reputation for the organization in the Indian Market.
  • BIS FMCS helps in converting the public into the buyers which boosts the revenue of the organization.
  • It resolves any legal issues that could arise if a firm did not obtain BIS FMCS certification before selling their product within the Indian Market.
  • The certification helps the manufacturers to freely trade automobile accessories within the border of India.
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Validity of BIS FMCS for Automobile Accessories

Applicants whose standards are compliant with BIS standards i.e. quality, safety, reliability, and performance. Initially, the BIS FMCS certification license is valid for 2 years. Subsequently, the manufacturer has to pay for the renewal of the license fee. Successful payment of renewal of license leads to the issuance of renewed certificate. The renewed certificate is valid for a minimum of 1 year to a maximum of 5 years. If the certification is renewed after the expiry date of the initial certification, the manufacturer has to pay a late fee of Rs 5,000 to the BIS authorities as a compulsion.

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Fee Structure of BIS FMCS

Particulars Fees
✅ Lab Test ₹25,000 + GST
✅Application Fee ₹53,000 + GST
✅Professional Fee ₹10,000 + GST
✅Validity of FMCS Registration 2 years
✅Renewal Fee Same as application fee, additional our professional fee for renewal is ₹ 7,500/- Only

Note : It typically takes 2-3 months to obtain FMCS Certification from the BIS licensing authority.

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Conclusion

BIS FMCS assures the public about the safety, quality, performance, and reliability of automobile accessories. BIS FMCS authorities thoroughly test the products to ensure the conformity of the standards. This certification assists in preventing any unscrupulous trade or issues with the product. It helps the manufacturer gain recognition, boost revenue, enhance product quality, etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is FMCS?

FMCS is a scheme under BIS that provides licenses to foreign manufacturers without having to establish their factories within India.

Is BIS mandatory for automotive tires?

Yes, it is mandatory for automotive tires.

How much is the late fee for the renewal of the license?

You will have to pay Rs 5,000 as a late fee if you apply for renewal after the expiry date.

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