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Certification Marks issued for different products in India

Hemant Singh

Government of India has created some standards for almost every product to protect the economic interests of all citizens. These standards are like "AGMARK" for agricultural products, ISI mark for electric products, BIS mark for gold ornaments and “FPO mark" for all the "processed fruit products". This article will explain some of the most essential certification marks to protect the consumer rights.
1. BIS Hallmark:
Who issues it: Bureau of Indian Standards
For which products: Gold and silver jewellery
Applicable since: It is applicable for gold since April, 2000 and for silver since 2005.
To judge the purity of the gold ornaments, these numbers are written on the jewelry;
I. For 23 carat gold, you can find 958 number stamped on jewelry.
II.For 22 carats 916  
III. For 21 carats 875
IV. For 18 carats 750
V.  For 17 carats 708
VI. For 14 carats 585
VII. For 9 carats  375

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Note: There is no point is given to 24 carat gold because 24 carat is called liquid gold.
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Who Issues: Directorate of Marketing and Inspection of the Government of India
Which products: Agricultural Products
Applicable Since: 1937 (amended in 1986)

Other Facts
AGMARK is a certification mark employed on agricultural products in India, assuring that they conform to a set of standards.
The AGMARK is legally enforced in India by the Agricultural Produce (Grading and Marking) Act of 1937 (and amended in 1986). The present AGMARK standards cover quality guidelines for 213 different commodities spanning a variety of Pulses, Cereals, Essential Oils, Vegetable Oils, Fruits & Vegetables, and semi-processed products like Vermicelli. Apart from "Central AGMARK Lab, Nagpur" in India, there are also state-owned AGMARK laboratories in 11 nodal cities of the country.
3. ISI Mark:
Who issues: Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
Which products: Industrial products
Effective since: 1955

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Other Facts:
ISI Mark is a certification mark for industrial products in India. The mark certifies that a product confirms to the Indian Standards, mentioned as IS: XXXX on the top of the mark. So if you want to purchase an electronic item/industrial items from the market then make sure that it has ISI mark on it.
4. FPO Mark:
Who issues: Ministry of Food Processing
For which products: processed fruit products
Effective since: 1955

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Other facts:
This mark is a certification mark mandatory for all the "processed fruit products" in India. This mark is applicable on food such as packaged fruit beverages, fruit-jams crushes and squashes, pickles, dehydrated fruits, products and fruits extracts, following the food safety and standard act of 2006.
FPO mark proves that this product has been manufactured in a clean 'food safe' environment and is not harmful for people's health.
5. Non Polluting Vehicle Mark:
It 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 Bharat Stage Emission Standards. The validity of this certificate is limited for one year only.

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6. India Organic:
For which products: Organically farmed food products
Effective since: 2000

Other facts: This certificate is required for farmed products produced in India. The certificate mark certifies that an organic food product conforms to the national standard for organic products established in 2000.
7. Ecomark or Eco mark:
Who issues: Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS)
For which products: Eco friendly products
Effective since: 1991

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Other facts: This mark is issued by the BIS to products conforming to a set of standards aimed at the least impact on the eco system.
So from the above name of certificates, you must have come to know that how much our government is alert for the rights of the consumers.  We hope that after reading this article; students and general people must be more agile regarding their rights.

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