For many years, Underwriters Laboratories and the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) have collaborated on standardization efforts to advance safety in India. On April 12, 2021, both organizations formalized their longtime partnership by signing a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines specific goals and initiatives to drive their work forward.

The MOU virtual signing ceremony was attended by Underwriters Laboratories President and CEO Terry Brady as well as members of the UL Standards, Education and Outreach, and Battery Safety teams. Joe Bhatia, president and CEO of American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and Aileen Nandi, minister counselor for commercial affairs representing the U.S. Commercial Service, also witnessed the ceremony and offered words of encouragement and praise for the relationship.

Examples of recent collaborative efforts between UL Standards and BIS include co-hosting a roundtable workshop in December 2020 with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) on standards and other considerations for building safe electrical energy storage systems. Underwriters Laboratories has also contributed to the development of Indian National Standards such as IS 17387 General Safety and Performance Requirements of Battery Management Systems, as well as IS 17092, Electrical Energy Storage Systems: Safety Requirements, which is based on UL 9540, ANSI/CAN/UL Standard for Energy Storage Systems and Equipment.

The MOU benefits both Underwriters Laboratories and BIS by promoting mutual communication, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and stakeholder participation in support of their shared goal of elevating the standardization system in India. The agreement also helps to reinforce harmonization efforts, allowing for the adoption and use of UL Standards in India where deemed appropriate by BIS.