BIS FMCS Registration for Domestic Water Heaters for use with LPG

Updated on September 16, 2023 05:13:51 PM

FMCS stands for Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) runs a program called the Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme (FMCS) that enables international manufacturers to sell their goods in India without establishing a manufacturing unit in India.

FMCS for Domestic Water Heaters for use with LPG is essential for the manufacturers. It ensures the safety, quality, reliability, and performance standards of the water heaters.

IS 15558:2005 specifies instantaneous domestic water heaters for use with LPG. The standard describes the relevant test techniques for determining the major constructional and performance parameters of an instantaneous household water heater.

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Eligibility Criteria of BIS FMCS for Domestic Water Heaters for use with LPG

  1. Factory Units of FMCS applicants must be located outside India.
  2. Foreign manufacturers must accept all the Terms and Conditions set by BIS.
  3. A manufacturer who sells water heaters has to pay registration fees, audit fees, license fees, advance minimum marking fees, performance bank guarantees, etc. to the BIS FMCS authorities.
  4. FMCS applicants must thoroughly test the water heaters before applying for an FMCS license.
  5. An authorized Indian Representative(AIR) is to be nominated by the manufacturer to act on behalf of the firm in front of the FMCS authorities.
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Requirements of Water Heater for BIS FMCS

  • If water does not flow or stops flowing while the water heater is in use, it must consist of a feature that switches off the gas supply.
  • The building materials for the water heater need to be durable and resistant to deterioration over time.
  • The major body of the burner, which contains the mixer head, mixing tube, and burner head, must be made of a robust and long-lasting material.
  • It is forbidden to use metals that have melting points below 510 degrees Celsius.
  • Copper and copper alloy parts must pass the mercurous nitrate test when examined using the technique specified in IS 2305.
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Necessary Tests to be carried out on Water Heaters

  • Mercurous Nitrate Test
  • Immersion Test
  • Water Soundness
  • Gas Soundness
  • Combustion Test
  • Ignition and Flame Test
  • FlashBack
  • Hot Water Output Test
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Process of BIS FMCS for Domestic Water Heaters for use with LPG

Preparation: All of the BIS FMCS's terms and conditions must be accepted by manufacturers as a condition of doing business within India. Along with this, the manufacturer must collect all necessary paperwork, including records of the production process, a list of the machinery used, a business license, laboratory results, a list of the raw materials, etc.

Registration Form: The manufacturer must register themselves and pay the registration cost to receive an FMCS license after gathering the necessary documentation. The firm can apply offline at the FMCD department in Delhi and online at the BIS website by submitting the necessary documentation. He or she must fill out the application form with truthful and precise information.

Issue Raised (if any): Authorities only evaluate applications that are complete, correct, and devoid of mistakes. If the authorities find any issues, they send the organization an email informing them of the problems with the application form.

Nomination of AIR: The term "AIR" refers to the authorized Indian Representative. An AIR is chosen by the organization to represent itself to the BIS authorities. An AIR is required to be a resident of India and knowledgeable about government rules and regulations, FMCS, and water heaters.

Factory Audit: The cost of the audit must be covered by the manufacturer. To assess the complete production process, BIS representatives visit the production plant. It involves the effectiveness of its machinery, how strictly quality control standards are followed, the manufacturing process, the raw materials employed, etc.

Product Sample: BIS representatives collect a sample of the devices to assess the heaters' performance, dependability, quality, and safety standards. The sample is assessed at both the internal and BIS-approved laboratories to gain a better understanding of compliance.

Laboratory Results: The license-issuing process is stopped if the laboratory results are unfavorable and reveal that the heaters do not adhere to BIS criteria. The procedure for issuing an FMCS license, however, proceeds if the test is successful and demonstrates that the heaters meet BIS requirements.

Issuance of Certification: Both the advance minimum marking cost and the FMCS license charge must be covered by the manufacturer. If the costs are paid and the previous instructions are fulfilled, the organization will be granted an FMCS license.

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 Domestic Water Heaters for use with LPG

  • Business License
  • Copy of relevant Indian Standards
  • Declaration of Conformity
  • Factory location
  • Factory Design
  • Trademark Registration Proof
  • List Of Raw Materials
  • List Of Machinery Installed
  • Flowchart of Production Process
  • Details of Authorized Indian Representative
  • Authorization Letter signed by the Owner of the firm
  • Test Reports
  • Invoice concerning sales
  • Packaging Details
  • Outsourcing Details
  • Technical Information about the products
  • User Manual
  • Schematic Diagram
  • Critical Components List
  • Valid Calibration Certificate
  • Information of Quality Control Staff
  • Insurance Policy
  • Existing ISO Certificates
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Benefits of BIS FMCS for Domestic Water Heaters for use with LPG

  • BIS FMCS helps in improving the quality standards of water heaters.
  • The manufacturer can meet the necessary Indian Standards.
  • It helps to enhance consumer safety by preventing any potential accidents in the future.
  • It enables manufacturers to utilize the ISI mark for their products.
  • This license helps in attracting a wider and diverse range of consumers to the organization.
  • It provides authenticity to the water heaters thus it helps in distinguishing the firm from its competitors in the market.
  • Customers are given guarantees by BIS FMCS regarding the product's dependability, safety, and quality features.
  • Delivering high-quality goods helps the business establish a favorable reputation.
  • It increases the organization's revenue by turning the general public into customers.
  • It helps to avoid potential legal issues that could arise from selling uncertified products.
  • It is beneficial for the manufacturer as it helps in freely trading within the market.
  • The certification ensures longer durability of the heater, thus it is also lighter in the consumer’s pocket.
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Validity of BIS FMCS for Domestic Water Heaters for use with LPG

To avoid mishaps like fires and explosions, water heaters are meticulously tested. Initial certification of the FMCS license is good for two years. After that, the manufacturer is required to pay a renewal fee to keep their FMCS license active. After the license renewal cost has been successfully paid, a renewed certificate is delivered. A renewed certificate's validity duration ranges from one year to five years. If the certification is maintained after the initial certification's expiration date, the BIS representatives will charge the manufacturer a late fee of Rs 5,000.

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Fee For BIS FMCS Registration

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

The FMCS is a crucial program that guarantees LPG-compatible Domestic water heaters adhere to the necessary safety requirements. The BIS helps to guarantee that only trustworthy and safe water heaters are marketed in the nation by requiring international manufacturers to receive FMCS certification.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the BIS standard IS 15558?

The standard specifies the requirements of construction and efficiency of the domestic water heater for use with LPG.

How long does the certification process typically take?

It can take up to several weeks to a few months.

Can I export my water heater within India without the FMCS certification?

The International manufacturers must obtain FMCS certification, without the certification, the manufacturer isn’t allowed to trade within India.

Do I need to undergo product testing for FMCS certification?

Yes, the manufacturer must test their products to understand its compliance with BIS standards.

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