India’s Department of Electronics and IT ( DeitY) has extended the deadline for compulsory registration of 15 electronic goods to July 3, 2013 so that these products meet specified safety standards. The 15 products include video games, laptop/notebook/tablet, Plasma/LCD/LED televisions, Microwave Ovens, Printers and Scanners, Telephone Answering Machines, Electronic Musical Systems, among others.
Note that this is a registration, and not a certification, and also that products manufactured or imported before the notified deadline of July 3, 2013 shall not be considered under this order.
Apart from that, request for registration to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) with complete test reports for BIS recognized labs before July 3, 2013 will be allowed an extension of time until October 3, 2013 for full compliance with the order. Manufacturers who have submitted their products to the BIS recognize labs before July 3, 2013 but have not received test results will be levied a fee on per month basis until they submit a request request for registration for complete BIS reports. It also notes that the monthly fee levied will be three times of the original charges if manufacturers do not submit products to BIS recognized labs before July 3, 2013.
Manufacturers will be charged a fee by the BIS to test these products. For example:
– Electronic games (video) would be charged Rs 50,000
– Laptop/notebook/tablets would be charged Rs 1,00,000
– Plasma/LCD/LED TV for 32″ and above would be charged Rs 50,000
For series products, that is products from same family but varying in sizes or rating or construction, manufacturers will be charge 1.5 times of the rates.
The Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012 (pdf), states that:
– No person shall by himself or through any person on his behalf manufacture or store for sale, import, sell or distribute specified electronic goods which do not conform to the specified standard and do not bear the words “Self declaration – Conforming to IS on such Goods after obtaining Registration from the BIS. Substandard or defective Goods which do not conform to the specified standard will be deformed beyond use by the manufacturer and disposed off as scrap. However, the order does not apply to electronic goods meant for export.
– Electronic goods having different sizes, ratings, varieties etc, such goods shall be grouped and may be granted series approval for a Series of Products based on testing of representative models. DeitY will approve such series of products and that this will obviate the need for every single model of the same series to be registered.
– DeitY and the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) will randomly select samples of registered electronic goods to ascertain whether these goods conform to the Specified Standard. The electronic goods have to be tested by a BIS approved testing laboratories. STQC has already initiated steps to get approval of its laboratories by BIS.