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Announcement on Change of Marking for BIS-CRS Certification

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), which provides the regulatory framework for BIS-certification, has decided to change the CRS standard marking. This is to be unified with the already existing and well-known ISI standard marking. The information such as registration number, IS/IEC standard and the BIS website will remain unchanged. This is only an aesthetic change that does not require factory audits, testing or registration. The aim of this change is to increase consumer adoption and awareness of ISI labelling. Costs and efforts will be reduced by using a single mark.

The tentative timeline for the introduction of this change has not yet been set, but it is expected to come into force within the next 12 months. As soon as new information is available on this topic, it will be published in the news section on our website.

BIS certification is divided into two approval processes, BIS-ISI certification and BIS-CRS certification, and is mandatory for many product groups. For both certifications, the marking requirements must be met to ensure the conformity of the products in the Indian market.

Since 2012, the BIS has been gradually expanding the certification catalog and continuously adding additional goods. BIS certification mandatory for many electronic products for industrial and consumer uses. Factory inspections are also required for some products.

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

Mandatory certification for certain power supplies in India

By the end of 2016, the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had already published the corresponding order. The certification applies to power supplies for servers and storage devices and must comply with the BIS standard. The manufacturer of the power supplies is responsible for certification. This means that even if one buys power supplies and installs them in one of his devices, they must have a separate certification. The certification process includes submitting the BIS application documents and submitting a test report of the respective power supply unit.

Here is an overview of the most important key points: The manufacturer must have a branch or an authorized representative in India. The equipment must be tested in India and the results must be available within 90 days of submission of the application documents. The manufacturer has 7 business days to clarify any discrepancies with the BIS, otherwise certification will be refused. If the certification is successful, a BIS R-number will be issued which is valid for two years. India Certification can provide this complete service for you. Our experience and contacts to test laboratories and the BIS shorten the duration and enable a smooth certification process.

For any questions regarding the BIS certification, please contact us.

Here you can find more information about the BIS certification, AIS/TAC certification, WPC certification and TEC certification.

You can also download our brochures about the compulsory certifications here.

Changes in India for market surveillance of registered products

It has recently been announced that the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), responsible for monitoring the BIS standards, has introduced a new procedure for market surveillance of registered products. The new procedure applies to all products listed by BIS on three different lists since August 2017. Instead of the Ministry, the STPI (Software Technology Parks of India) now administrates the monitoring process.

This includes the procurement, storage and delivery of test samples as well as the collection of fees. The new process also requires the fees to be paid in advance to the STPI in order to finance its monitoring activities. The proposed changes require manufacturers to submit a list to the STPI of all products previously registered with BIS with the corresponding sales price for each product. Once the STPI has reviewed each applicant’s product list, a certain amount must be transferred to the STPI. The amount consists of the sales price, testing fees, transport and packaging, and storage.

The fees will be comparable to the previous costs for BIS monitoring. The key difference is that the fees will now have to be paid in advance. Once the amount has been determined by the STPI, it can either be transferred directly by the manufacturer or by an authorised Indian representative to the Authority’s account.

We recommend that manufacturers begin compiling the necessary documentation to prepare for submission to STPI in a timely manner. Since the documentation requirements vary depending on the target group of registered products, please contact us for more information on creating the required documentation for your product type.

Here you can find more information about the BIS certification, AIS/TAC certification, WPC certification and TEC certification.

You can also download our brochures about the compulsory certifications here.