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Indian Authorities (Central Licensing Agency / SLA)

3. May 2023

What authorities are there in India?

Most of the authorities responsible for certification in India were originally departments within the ministries, but as they grew, they were eventually outsourced. Most of the spin-offs happened in the last 10 years and most certifications have been and still are regulated.

This overview shows which authorities are responsible for the individual certifications:

CertificationResponsible authority
AISMinistry of Road Transport and Highways > responsible for standardsImplementing authorities:o Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI)o Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA)o International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT).
BISMinistry of Consumer Protection, Food & Public Distributiono BIS – Bureau of Indian Standards (formerly „Indian Standards Institution“ (ISI))o FMCS (Foreign Manufacturer Certification Service) > BIS-ISI-Certificationo CRS für Compulsory Registration Scheme > BIS-CRS-Certification
WPCMinistry of Communications and Information Technologyo WPC (Wireless Planning & Coordination)o Licensing and Regulation (LR)o New Technology Group (NTG)o Standing Advisory Committee on Radio Frequency Allocation (SACFA)o And others
TECMinistry of Communications and Information Technology, Mandatory Testing Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (MTCTE) 2017
PESOPetroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), since 2010. Formerly Department of Explosives, part of Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industryo Chief Inspector of Explosives (CCoE ) at the topo Over 30 regionally responsible offices in India
CDSCOThe Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) or Central Licensing Authority (CLA) classifies products into one of four levelso CLA is responsible for levels C and Do State Licensing Authority (SLA) for levels A and B
GARCGlobal Automotive Research Centreo established test center founded by the Ministry of Heavy Industrieso GARC has the accreditation for all approvals of vehicles and their components under the Central Motor Vehicle Rules CMVR
CIRTCentral Institute of Road Transporto Institute for improvement of the efficiency and productivity of the transport sectoro provides technical training, consultancy and testing services of automotive components as part of the BIS certification processo consulting and research work in the areas of transportation policy, planning, and management, and others

In addition to these authorities, there are many others responsible for ever smaller niches. Although in theory the individual authorities are responsible for publishing their standards, in most cases this work is done by the more central BIS.

For this reason, and in order to bring more structure to standardization, the Indian government is planning to place more and more competencies with the BIS (see However, it is not yet clear when this will happen, as time frames in India are often not final and important decisions are often delayed.

Related Topics:

  • iCAT (international Centre for Automotive Technology)

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Robert Goral

Robert Goral