Different certification marks in India and their meaning


Certification marks on a commercial product are usually called as a mark of validity or an assurance of the fact that the manufacturer has tested the product and that it meets the given quality standard.Most products you buy in the market come with a certification mark which guarantees the quality of the packaged product.

What is a certification mark?

Certification marks on a commercial product are usually called as a mark of validity or an assurance of the fact that the manufacturer has tested the product and it has ensured that it meets the given quality standard.

It also helps to specify the location of the origin, materials of construction, mode of production, characteristics of the good etc. Some of these marks are mandatory while some are advisory. A certification mark certifies the nature or origin of the goods or the services to which it has been applied.

Who sets these marks?

A special body which is called as Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), which comes under the aegis of the International Organization for Standardization(ISO standards), govern all the industrial standardization and the industrial product certifications in India.

It is thus a national standards organization of India.

1. ISI Mark

This mark is the most recognized mark for the standard industrial products in India. The mark certifies that the product conforms to the Standards which is laid by the BIS, mentioned as IS: xxx on top of the product.

It is however mandatory for a number of products that are sold in India, especially electronic goods. But in cases of other manufactured products, it is voluntary. It has been effective since 1955.


This mark is issued by Directorate of Marketing and Inspection of the Government of India and applies to agricultural products. The AGMARK is legally enforced in India by the Agricultural Produce (Grading and Marking) Act of 1937 (and amended in 1986). The Agmark certification is employed through fully state-owned AGMARK laboratories located across the nation which act as testing and certifying centers. In addition to the Central AGMARK Laboratory (CAL) in Nagpur, there are Regional AGMARK Laboratories (RALs) in 11 nodal cities (Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Kanpur, Kochi, Guntur, Amritsar, Jaipur, Rajkot, Bhopal).

Each of the regional laboratories is equipped with and specializes in the testing of products of regional significance. Hence the product range that could be tested varies across the centres.

  1. FPO Mark

The FPO mark is a certification mark mandatory on all processed fruit products sold in India such as packaged fruit beverages, fruit-jams, crushes and squashes, pickles, dehydrated fruit products, and fruit extracts, following the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006.

The FPO mark guarantees that the product was manufactured in a hygienic ‘food-safe’ environment, thus ensuring that the product is fit for consumption.

  1. BIS Hallmark

With India being the second biggest market for gold and its jewellery, so it is very important that the gold which is bought by the consumers must have a verified mark on them. The BIS Hallmark is a hallmarking system for the sale of precious metal like gold and silver jewellery in India which certify the purity of the metal.

It verifies that the jewellery conforms to the standards which are set by the Bureau of Indian Standards.

  1. The Non-Polluting Vehicle Mark

The Non-Polluting Vehicle mark is a mandatory certification mark required on all new motor vehicles sold in India.

The mark certifies that the motor vehicle conforms to the relevant version of the Bharat Stage emission standards.

But then the validity of this mark is only valid for six months and after that, a fresh check is needed.

  1. Indian Organic certification

India Organic is a certification mark for organically farmed food products manufactured in India. The certification mark certifies that an organic food product conforms to the National Standards for Organic Products established in 2000.

Those standards ensures that the product or the raw materials used in the product were grown through organic farming, without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or induced hormones.

The certification is issued by testing centres accredited by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) under the National Program for Organic Production of the Government of India.

These are some major certifications in India.