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Five Products Removed from the TEC Certification List

The Telecommunications Engineering Centre (TEC) has removed five products from the list for mandatory TEC certification. These are products that would otherwise require both BIS registration and TEC certification.

At the beginning of the year TEC had just announced that mandatory certification will be extended for various products. Among them were products that were already subject to BIS registration, which led to some confusion among manufacturers. The additional certification with TEC not only means additional costs for the manufacturers, but also potentially delays the market launch of new products.
Now the Department of Telecom (DoT) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) have reacted. In comparing the regulations, the two authorities have found that the requirements for BIS registration and TEC certification are very similar for the products in question. Therefore, they decided to waive the TEC certification in these cases. However, the products must still be BIS certified.
The innovation is intended to facilitate certification for new products and thus market access for companies in India. It is also intended to avoid import problems.
Once the official notification is issued by the ministry, the following products will no longer be required to TEC certification, but must still be BIS certified:

The change shows once again that the Indian regulatory landscape is constantly evolving. It is not always a question of extending the certification requirement. The ministries also review existing regulations and take suggestions from the business community into account.
If you are interested in understanding what requirements are needed for your product to be imported into India, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone (Europe: +49-69-271 37 69 261, US: +1 773 654-2673). There is no cost or obligation for us to check for you. If a certification need is discovered we can provide a quotation to make sure that all your certification needs are covered.
For more information about TEC certification and BIS certification, please refer to our free brochures “TEC Certification Made Easy” and “BIS Certification Made Easy“.

BIS recommends manufacturers of soy products to certify and use ISI mark

As the health consciousness of the Indian population increases, so does the acceptance of soy products. Therefore, the governmental organization Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) recommends manufacturers of soy products to undergo BIS quality certification and to mark their products with the ISI mark. The ISI mark has existed in India since 1955 and ensures compliance with Indian Standards (IS), which are developed by BIS, the national standards body.

A recent webinar conducted by BIS provided information on the introduction of quality standards for soy products. BIS said the use of soy is particularly popular in textured soy protein, soy milk, tofu and soy yogurt. To ensure the quality and safety of these soy products, physical, chemical and microbiological parameters and corresponding test methods have been standardized by BIS. BIS said the introduction of certification of soy products under the IS guidelines will help these foods integrate into Indian diets. Improved quality and product safety allow manufacturers to charge higher prices, but at the same time, customers receive safe food, BIS said. Specifically, BIS introduced a total of seven new standards for soy products: Full-fat soy flour, soy milk, soy beans, soy butter and soy amrakhand (yogurt preparation with mango). In addition, BIS is working to establish standards for other soy products.

Regarding the BIS certification, depending on the product, a distinction is made between BIS-ISI or BIS-CRS certification. Since the product list is constantly being expanded, we will be pleased to help you with an initial assessment.

If you are interested in understanding what requirements are needed for your product to be imported into India, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone (Europe: +49-69-271 37 69 261, US: +1 773 654-2673). There is no cost or obligation for us to check for you. If a certification need is discovered we can provide a quotation to make sure that all your certification needs are covered.
If you have any questions you can also use our chat-window in the bottom right. (Please check your browser settings if you can’t see the window)
For more information about BIS certification, please refer to our free brochure “BIS Certification Made Easy“.

Introduction to “Technical Certifications in China, India, Korea”

In June and July 2022, the Hanover Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) will offer a series of online seminars created and conducted by us, MPR International.
The seminars are aimed at quality management representatives of industrial companies as well as project engineers or project managers responsible for certifications of products for China, India or Korea.

The free introductory event on 18.05.2022, 9:15-10:00 a.m. provides an overview of the certification landscape of the respective countries, which will be covered comprehensively and in depth in the individual seminars and is intended to give an insight into what you can expect in the individual seminars.
Registration is required for the introductory event.
The in-depth seminars will focus on the following countries and industries:

At MPR International, we have been assisting hundreds of companies worldwide with certifications for the Chinese, Korean and Indian markets since 2005.
If you would like to receive more information about any of the certifications in advance, please visit our website or contact us by email or at +49692713769261.

Updates on Indian Standards for Tires

The Indian standards for car tires have been revised and updated in April 2022 by the Bureau of Indian Standards(BIS) technical committee.
Since 2009 car tires have been covered by mandatory BIS-ISI certification in India. Until now, the standards IS 15633:2005 applied to passenger car tires, IS 15636:2016 to commercial vehicle tires and IS 15627 to tires for two- and three-wheelers, rickshaws and similar vehicles and small vehicles.

All three have now been updated and renamed IS 15633:2022, IS 15636:2022 and IS 15627:2022.
The new versions include the following changes:

IS 15633: 2022Pneumatic Tyres for Passenger Car Vehicles — Diagonal and Radial Ply — Specification
– 3.3.4 The definition of reinforced tires has been reformulated: – 3.17. the designation tire size was extended – 3.20. another definition was added – the design methods were specified more precisely. – tire width limits were specified. – Marking requirements have been specified – 6.3. there are new requirements for testing tires with other nominal values than those listed in Annex C of the standard – the material is now also decisive for the classification of the tire type. – the requirement of two-year quality control checks in production has been deleted without replacement. – the rules of marking with the standard logo of BIS have a different legal basis (no real change). – – Annex C 4.1.1 Test method for reinforced pneumatic tires has been changed to Annex B – Annex F 4.4.1 Procedure for bead acceptance test has now become Annex E 4.4
IS 15636:2022Automotive Vehicles — Pneumatic Tyres for Commercial Vehicles — Diagonal and Radial Ply — Specification
– 3.26. A load capacity index may be specified. – 5.1.j) Changes in markings – the rules of marking with the standard BIS logo have a different legal basis (no real change).
IS 15627:2022Automotive Vehicles — Pneumatic Tyres for Two and Three -Wheeled Motor Vehicles, Quadricycles and E-Rickshaw / E-Carts — Specification
– rickshaws and other small vehicles were added, as well as optional markings. – the material must be specified – the allowed width of tires was changed

For more information on how BIS-ISI certification could impact your product or specific information about BIS certification, please visit our website and news section.
We will be happy to assist you with BIS certification and are also available to answer any questions you may have. Please write us an Email or call us at +49-69-2713769150 (EU) or +1-773-654-2673 (US).
You can also check out our free India Certification Brochure, which you can download as a PDF file here.

Volkswagen India plans to double sales in 2022

German automaker Volkswagen plans to more than double its sales in India this year. This is said to be based on high demand for the Taigun and Tiguan SUVs, as well as the soon-to-be-launched Virtus midsize sedan. Over the past two years, Volkswagen India has posted growth of nearly 30 percent despite the Covid 19 pandemic and several lockdowns, according to Ashish Gupta, brand director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars India. “With an all-new product portfolio, we can more than double our sales,” Gupta said. Volkswagen plans to sell more than 60,000 new cars in India this year, according to a report in the Economic Times of India. In comparison, the automaker sold about 26,000 units last year. Cars and their components must be certified in India according to AIS guidelines.

Volkswagen, which is currently transitioning its production to meet the needs of the local market, expects to launch the Virtus sedan around the end of May 2022. The model will appear under the new “Euro 1 Billion India 2.0” strategy of the group’s local subsidiary, Volkswagen India. The Virtus will compete in the market with vehicles such as the Honda City, Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna. While most Indian automakers are focusing on new SUVs, Gupta said Volkswagen also wants to offer customers alternative options. “Sedans have a 12 to 14 percent market share of new passenger cars, which translates to 400,000 units sold annually,” Gupta said. The market segment in which the Virtus is positioned grew 28 percent last year. As a result, Gupta believes there continues to be strong customer interest in this segment, especially for a sedan from a European brand like VW.

Currently, about 100,000 midsize sedans are sold annually in India. Volkswagen expects growth in the segment to reach 50 percent this year. After the launch of the Virtus, Volkswagen is targeting a market share of between 12 and 15 percent for midsize sedans. On a closing note, Gupta had to admit that the global shortage of semiconductors also affected business and operations at Volkswagen India.

AIS stands for Automotive Industry Standards, the technical automotive standards for India, while TAC stands for Type Approval Certificate. This kind of automotive product certifiation is conducted by authorities like the International Center for Automotive Technology (iCAT).

Depending on the product category, there are different certification steps. We will be happy to advise you on certification in India like AIS and are always available to answer your questions.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details and consultation. You can contact us via e-mail, or call us (UK: +44 2071931135, Rest of Europe: +49 69 2713769261, US: +1 773 654-2673).
If you have any questions you can also use our chat-window in the bottom right. (Please check your browser settings if you can’t see the window)
You can also check out our free AIS-Brochure, which can be downloaded right here as a PDF file.