All About ISI

ISI for mineral water plantIf you decide to sell Packaged Drinking Water [Mineral Water] in Bottles, Jars, Pouches; then it is mandatory to get ISI License issued by the BIS.

The standard for Packaged Drinking Water is : IS 14543

There are many procedures to be observed under the BIS. Whereas , you can refer the following Frequently Asked Questions:

(The Content has been taken from Site India Water portal & the Queries question answers have been supplied by Suresh Allu of Avirodha Consulting Services.)

Q :- Is Bottled Water market in India is regulated?

A :- Yes, it is compulsory for all the manufacturers who intend to set up the processing unit, to obtain the ISI mark from Bureau of India Standards.

Q :- Can one apply for the ISI mark and commence the production?

A :- No. Unless the inspection is done by the staff, tests carried out in an independent lab and official confirmation and license number is obtained, unit can’t commence commercial production.

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Q :- Is in-house lab compulsory?

A :- Yes, such Lab should be equipped to carry out all physical, chemical and micro biological tests prescribed as per IS : 3025, and has to be conducted by expert chemist / micro biologist.

Q :- What are the categories of bottled water in India ?

A :- Only Two. Packaged Natural Mineral Water governed under IS: 13428 and Packaged Drinking Water governed under. IS: 14543

Q :- What is the basic difference between Natural Mineral Water and Packaged Drinking Water?

A :- If the water is drawn from natural source, confirms to composition listed under IS: 13428, and is bottled WITHOUT ALTERING the composition, falls under Natural Mineral Water. In packaged drinking water, any of the processes of filtration / disinfection listed under IS: 14543 can be utilized, altering the composition of subject water & finally, bottling it. After employing processes listed under IS: 14543, my water composition confirms to Natural Mineral Water specifications. Which category my water would fall in? IS: 14543

Q:- What is STOP MARKING?

A :- Bureau of Indian standards, during their routine / sudden inspection of the unit, may find irregularities in connection with composition, hygienic conditions, filling procedures etc. It may issue an order revoking the license temporarily, signifying stopping the production and usage of ISI mark on the product. The license is restored after satisfactory compliance of conditions.

Q :- What are the pre requisites of putting an ISI complying unit?

A :- The standards published for bottled water [both categories] clearly mention the filtration processes, hygienic conditions, lighting, labeling regulation etc. It also list the relevant testing standards [IS 3025] required for methods of testing.

Q :- What is BIS, ISI and PFA?

A :- BIS: Bureau of Indian standards is a premier organization engaged in setting standards for various products and services. ISI: Indian Standard Institution is the former name of BIS but till date ISI is the MARK given by this organization. PFA: Governed under Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954, this agency safeguards the interests of the consumers through constant check on the food and beverage sector.

Q :- Can one mention composition of water if the brand falls under the category of IS: 14543?

A :- No. Since it involves altering the composition of source water and it is at times, difficult to maintain the same, furnishing of such composition is not allowed.

Q :- Are there any standard volumes of water prescribed?

A :- Yes. As per notification issued by the ministry of consumer affairs on Feb28, 2001, amending Standards of weights and Measures [Packaged Commodities] Rules 1977, it is mandatory now for bottled water to be sold only in prescribed standard. These are 100 ml / 150 ml / 200 ml / 250 ml / 300 ml / 330ml [ only in cans ], 500ml / 750 ml / 1 liter / 1.5 liter / 2,3,4,5 liters and thereafter , in multiples of 5 liters.

Q :- What is CGWA?

A :- Under Ministry of Water Resources, Central Ground Water Authority [CGWA] regulates the use of ground water. Under power conferred to them under section 5 of Environment [protection] Act, 1986, CGWA has directed all processing units of bottled water to get their bore well registered with them. The same has to be applied under prescribed Performa.

Q :- Which central agency’s certification is necessary for commencing fruit juice / soft drink?

A :- It is mandatory to obtain FPO mark, under FRUIT PRODUCTS ORDER 1955, and comes under ministry of food processing industry. Now the FPO has gone & a new mark has come called : F.S.S.A.I.

Q :- Is it necessary to obtain BIS or FPO for manufacturing aerated water?

A :- No, currently these certificates are not applicable.

Q :- Is it permissible to run a soft drink unit and bottled water unit from same premises ?

A :- No. Since ingredients to be utilized in soft drink [sugar and flavor] are likely to contaminate surrounding and equipment, it is neither advisable nor permissible to operate the same units at one place.

Q :- What action is likely if product – bottled water or soft drink fails the permitted parameters?

A :- The action under PFA Act 1954 may be invoked and may result in stop marking for bottled water, invariably leading to temporary closure of unit. Soft drink unit may also fact closure owing to such slip-up.

[The Content has been taken from Site India Water portal & the Queries question answers have been supplied by Suresh Allu of Avirodha Consulting Services.] Here are their contact details :-

Suresh Allu. [Hyderabad]
+91 94911 03999.
www.avirodha.org

226 comments on “All About ISI

  1. for ISI or BIS is it compulsory to have a 2000 LPH instead of 1000 LPH.
    Because i belong to a small city and according to our area requirement 1000 LPH is enough.
    I am planning for 200 ml bottle, 1 liter bottle, 20 liter jar and glass.

    Thanks

  2. Dear sir,
    I have contacted a packaged drinking water manufacturer for the production of my company branded bottled water. He says I have to pay the licence fees for ISI mark. Is this correct because I dont own the manufacturing plant. I am outsourcing the work. So even for outsourcing work do we have to pay licence fees?

    1. Dear Siva,

      This is called as third party manufacturing. If the manufacturer has an existing ISI license on his name, he should not charge you for that. But there is a Tri Party agreement required to be done for this.

      In case , the mfr does not have ISI , this can be a serious issue.Read some posts here

  3. Sir

    I want to start a water Treatment plan so how is it different from the Mineral Water Plant.
    Please send the adequate information about the tests to my mail.

    Thank You

    1. Greetings & happy new year.

      If you have decided to go for a Mineral Water Plant, just inform us your Plant Capacity, Product Mix etc. & also handover your Water Report to us , so we shall tell you the estimated cost of setting up a plant. You can also take help from our services mentioned on the Consultancy Services Page

      Other option is to learn to do all of the same on your own. In such a case, you may just follow our methods, we train you on how to get your own plant on your own. You can just buy the Home Study Course; more in particular the Certificate Version. We are coming with a huge update , which will be free for the existing customers.

      Third option is to attend an info session at Pune, where we explain you all aspects Before Starting. You need to secure your seat in advance as we just take 25 seats.The next session is on 28th January 2016. We hold just 1 session per month.

  4. Hi sir,

    I would like to start RO water plant to sell 20 Liters of water for 5 rupees.
    Please tell me, what are the certificate s I should have to do this kind of business.

    My email I’d: dnesh.sada@gmail.com


    Thanks & Regards
    DINESH

    1. Dear Dines,

      Greetings & happy new year.

      I will suggest you to kindly get your concepts & costing clear about the subject please.If you have decided to go for a Mineral Water Plant, just inform us your Plant Capacity, Product Mix etc. & also handover your Water Report to us , so we shall tell you the estimated cost of setting up a plant. You can also take help from our services mentioned on the Consultancy Services Page

      Other option is to learn to do all of the same on your own. In such a case, you may just follow our methods, we train you on how to get your own plant on your own. You can just buy the Home Study Course; more in particular the Certificate Version. We are coming with a huge update , which will be free for the existing customers.

      Third option is to attend an info session at Pune, where we explain you all aspects Before Starting. You need to secure your seat in advance as we just take 25 seats.The next session is on 28th January 2016. We hold just 1 session per month.

      1. Dear Kailash,

        Greetings & happy new year.

        If you have decided to go for a Mineral Water Plant, please handover your Water Report to us , so we shall tell you the estimated cost of setting up a plant. You can also take help from our services mentioned on the Consultancy Services Page

        Other option is to learn to do all of the same on your own. In such a case, you may just follow our methods, we train you on how to get your own plant on your own. You can just buy the Home Study Course; more in particular the Certificate Version. We are coming with a huge update , which will be free for the existing customers.

        Third option is to attend an info session at Pune, where we explain you all aspects Before Starting. You need to secure your seat in advance as we just take 25 seats.The next session is on 28th January 2016. We hold just 1 session per month.

  5. I will start mineral water plant in Aundipatti (tk) Theni DT ..but PCB says not allowed borewell water ..so any idea for get raw water ?

  6. dear sir,
    I have planed to do mineral water plant , i dont have any idea about this, i have two bore well with sweet water , please tel me basic knowledge what i need to do and how ,and approximate cost of the unit

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