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BIS – Cast Iron Products included by new Extension Order

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has issued an extension order for cast iron products, formally known as the Cast Iron Products (Quality Control) Order, 2024, as detailed in the Gazette Notification dated June 13, 2024. This order mandates that cast iron products conform to the established Indian Standards, including IS 1726:1991 for manhole covers, IS 1729:2002 for drainage pipes and fittings, IS 1879:2010 for malleable pipe fittings, IS 13349:1992 for sluice gates, IS 210:2009 for grey iron castings, and IS 1537:1976 for vertically cast pressure pipes. These product categories generally require BIS certification in order to be approved for import and sale in India.

The implementation dates for adherence to these standards are segmented based on the size of the enterprises. For small enterprises, the compliance deadline is December 1, 2024. Micro enterprises have until March 1, 2025, while general enterprises (other than micro and small) must comply by September 1, 2024. This regulation stipulates that the specified cast iron products must meet the standards under Scheme-1 of Schedule-II of the BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018. Adhering to these standards is vital to maintain the products’ quality and integrity within the industry.

Non-compliance with the provisions outlined in this order will result in penalties as specified under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016. This measure emphasizes the Ministry’s dedication to strict compliance and product standardization, promoting safety, and ensuring industry-wide quality assurance. The extension underscores the Ministry’s commitment to effective regulation of cast iron products, fostering a safer and higher-quality industry standard.

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.

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Extension Order for Steel Wires or Strands, Nylon or Wire Ropes, and Wire Mesh

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has released a new notification pertaining to products classified under Steel Wires or Strands, Nylon or Wire Ropes, and Wire Mesh. As per the Indian IS norms, BIS certification is mandatory for these products to be exported and distributed in India. The notification, titled the Steel Wires or Strands, Nylon or Wire Ropes, and Wire Mesh (Quality Control) Order, 2024, stipulates that the following Indian Standards must be adhered to for these products.

ProductsStandard
Steel Wire Ropes for General Engineering Purposes IS 2266: 2019
Steel Wire Suspension Ropes for Lifts, Elevators, and HoistsIS 2365: 2018
Stranded Steel Wire Ropes for Winding and Man-riding Haulages in Mines IS 1855: 2022
Steel Wire Rope for Haulage IS 1856: 2005
Hot Dip Galvanized Stay Strand IS 2141: 2000
Wire Ropes Used in Oil Wells and Oil Well Drilling IS 4521: 2001
Braided Nylon Ropes for Mountaineering Purposes IS 6590: 1972
Galvanized Steel Barbed Wire for Fencing IS 278: 2009
Galvanized Steel Wire or Galvanized Steel Wire with Polymer Coating IS 16014: 2018

Previously, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry had issued the Steel Wires or Strands, Nylon or Wire Ropes, and Wire Mesh (Quality Control) Order, 2023, on November 21, 2023. This order was set to take effect six months after its publication, on May 21, 2024. However, a new Quality Control Order (QCO) was published on July 3, 2024, extending the enforcement dates for different categories of enterprises:

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Key Updates in the 2024 MTCTE Procedures for Telecommunication Equipment Certification

The Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) of India has issued a new version of the procedures for mandatory testing and certification of telecommunication equipment. This updated document, known as “Procedure for Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (MTCTE)” version 3.0, was released in April 2024 and replaces the previous TEC 93009:2021 guidelines. Telecommunications products generally require TEC certification in order to be approved for import and sale in India.

A summary of some of the most notable changes in the document “Procedure for Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (MTCTE)” version 3.0:

  1. Acceptance of BIS Certifications: Valid certificates or test reports issued by BIS or BIS-recognized labs against safety requirements are now accepted under MTCTE.
  2. Certificate Validity Extension: The validity of the regular MTCTE certificate has been extended from 5 years to 10 years.
  3. Revised labelling requirements
  4. Updated Definitions
  5. Source Approval Certificates: Acceptance of Source Approval Certificates (SAC) under MTCTE is now formalized.
  6. End of Life/End of Sale Clarifications: Clarifications regarding end-of-life and end-of-sale for whole unit warranty replacement products are provided.
  7. Test Reports from CABs: Acceptance of test reports from Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) designated for Generic Requirements (GR) and Interface Requirements (IR) for the parameters of Essential Requirements (ER) under MTCTE.
  8. Witness Testing Requirements: The mandate for NABL accreditation for witness testing by RTEC has been removed.
  9. Provisional Certificates: Issuance of provisional certificates has been removed from the procedures.

These changes aim to streamline the certification process, extend the validity period of certificates, reduce costs for government institutions, and update various procedural and technical requirements.

The TEC certification has been mandatory since April 2019. Every year the Telecommunication Engineering Center (TEC) expands the certification catalog and adds more telecom products. See the list of TEC standards here.

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DPIIT Mandates ISI Mark on Precision Roller and Bush Chains

Late 2023, the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) issued an important order requiring the ISI Mark on Precision Roller and Bush Chains, along with attachments and associated chain sprockets. This mandate will take full effect on March 25, 2024.

For Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs), the implementation dates are staggered:

Small Enterprises: June 25, 2024

Micro Enterprises: September 25, 2024

This move highlights DPIIT’s dedication to enhancing industry standards and ensuring a more secure and reliable market.

The BIS Certification in India aims to ensure the quality, safety, and reliability of products available to consumers. It provides a third-party guarantee of product conformity to established standards, thereby fostering consumer trust and market competitiveness.

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.

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New Procedures for Telecom Equipment Testing and Certification in India

India’s Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) has launched an updated set of guidelines for the mandatory testing and certification of telecommunication equipment (MTCTE). The new “Procedure for Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (MTCTE)” version 3.0, issued in April 2024, replaces the previous TEC 93009:2021 document. Telecommunications products generally require TEC certification in order to be approved for import and sale in India.

Key changes include:

• Extended Validity: MTCTE certificates are now valid for 10 years, up from 5 years.

• Revised Equipment Lists: Annex A contains the updated equipment lists.

• Quicker Approvals: The test report upload process under SCS has been streamlined.

• Expanded Acceptance: BIS certificates, SACs, and specific test reports are now recognized.

• Less Stringent Requirements: NABL witness testing by RTEC is no longer mandatory.

• Additional Clarifications: Information on end-of-life, part codes, split units, and ITSAR certification has been updated.

The TEC certification has been mandatory since April 2019. Every year the Telecommunication Engineering Center (TEC) expands the certification catalog and adds more telecom products. See the list of TEC standards here.

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Amendment to the Quality Control Order for Aluminium and Aluminium Alloy Products

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has issued the “Aluminium and Aluminium Alloy Products (Quality Control) Amendment Order, 2024,” which will take effect on September 26, 2024. This amendment requires aluminium and aluminium alloy products within its scope to meet Indian Standard specifications and carry the ISI Mark. This is obtainable through licensing from the Bureau of Indian Standards under Scheme-1 of Schedule-II of the Bureau of Indian Standards (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018.

As with other products which fall under one of the various Indian certification schemes, the main objective is to maintain quality standards for products being sold and used on the Indian market.

Small enterprises are exempt from these requirements until December 26, 2024, and micro enterprises until March 26, 2025, as per the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006.

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.

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ISI Mark made compulsory for various Steel Products

End of 2023, the DPIIT issued a Quality Control Order (QCO) for miscellaneous steel products, which took effect on March 2024 and makes BIS ISI Mark mandatory for several products, including steel pipe flanges, steel cylinders for pipes with mortar lining and coating, stainless steel tubes for food and beverages, and high-strength stainless steel bars and wires for concrete reinforcement.

Implementation dates for Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) are set as follows: small enterprises by 25 June 2024 and micro enterprises by 25 September 2024.

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.

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FAQ Update and Extension Notice for Implementation of Footwear Products

The Bureau of Indian Standards has published an updated version of the FAQ on the Quality Control Order (QCO) for Footwear products for 2024. Many footwear products usually require BIS certification to be approved for import and use in India.

The FAQ contains a number of detailed clarifications on several questions, for example:

Feel free to contact us for information on the FAQ.

Furthermore, the Regulatory Authority of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has announced a new effective date for the QCO 2024 for Footwear made from Leather and other Materials. The order will now be enforced starting August 1, 2024.

An overview of the relevant footwear products and their corresponding Indian Standards:

Goods or articlesIndian Standard
Leather safety boots and shoesIS 1989(Part-1): 1986
Leather safety boots and shoesIS 1989(Part-2): 1986
Canvas Shoes Rubber SoleIS 3735: 1996
Canvas Boots Rubber SoleIS 3736: 1995
Safety Boots for MinersIS 3976: 2018
Leather safety footwear having direct moulded rubber soleIS 11226: 1993
Leather safety and protective footwear with direct moulded Polymeric soleIS 14544: 2022
Sports FootwearIS 15844(Part-1): 2023
Sports FootwearIS 15844(Part-2): 2023
Sports FootwearIS 15844(Part 3): 2024
High ankle tactical boots with PU - Rubber soleIS 17012: 2018
Anti-riot shoesIS 17037: 2018
Shoes for Services and for General PurposeIS 17043 (Part-1): 2024
Shoes for Services and for General PurposeIS 17043 (Part-2): 2024

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Extension of Product Coverage in Phases 3 and 4

Since April 1, 2024, TEC certification has become mandatory for a list of telecommunications and wireless products that fall under Phase 3 and Phase 4. This is an extension of the original deadline of January 1, 2024, in order to provide further relieve to stakeholders. Telecom equipment generally requires TEC certification to be approved for import and distribution in India.

Overview of product falling under Phase-3 and Phase-4

Phase-3Phase-4
Base Station for Cellular NetworkSIM
Repeater for Cellular NetworkHF Radio
Smart Electricity MeterMobile Radio Trunking System
VHF UHF Radio System Equipment
PTP PMP Microwave Fixed Radio System
LAN Switch
Router
IP Security Equipment
Satellite Communication Equipment

Additionally, the period for accepting ILAC test reports from non-border sharing countries for certain technical parameters of 8 specific products (see table below) had been prolonged by three months, from December 31, 2023, to March 31, 2024.

Overview of Phase-3 and Phase-4 products, with deadline 31st March 2024:

Phase-3Phase-4
Base Station for Cellular NetworkSIM
Repeater for Cellular NetworkHF Radio
Compact Cellular NetworkVHF UHF Radio System Equipment
Radio Broadcast Receiver RBR
Satellite Communication Equipment

It’s also noted that the validity of these ILAC test reports will last up to two years from their submission date.

The TEC certification has been mandatory since April 2019. Every year the Telecommunication Engineering Center (TEC) expands the certification catalog and adds more telecom products. See the list of TEC standards here.

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).

For more information about TEC certification, please refer to our free brochure “TEC Certification Made Easy“.

Designated Products reclassified into GCS and SCS Categories

The Telecommunications Engineering Centre (TEC) has updated its categorization for certain telecom products under the Mandatory Testing & Certification of Telecom Equipment (MTCTE) framework to streamline business processes. Effective January 1, 2024, various notified products will now be classified under either the Generalized Certificate Scheme (GCS) or the Simplified Certification Scheme (SCS). The newly defined GCS categories include a range of equipment such as cellular network base stations, including those for 5G, various radio systems (HF, VHF/UHF, mobile radio trunking), and satellite communication equipment among others. Telecommunication products usually require TEC certification to be approved for import and sale on the Indian market.

Additionally, 49 other product categories have been shifted to the SCS category. For applications processed under MTCTE, only administrative fees will apply regardless of whether the product falls under GCS or SCS. The procedures and additional terms for submitting applications remain the same.

The TEC certification has been mandatory since April 2019. Every year the Telecommunication Engineering Center (TEC) expands the certification catalog and adds more telecom products. See the list of TEC standards here.

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).

For more information about TEC certification, please refer to our free brochure “TEC Certification Made Easy“.