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Implementation Period of IS 1293: 2019 Plugs and Socket-Outlets for Domestic Use Extended Until October 2023

9. February 2023

On October 23, 2022, Central Mark Apartment announced that the last date for implementation of IS 1293:2019 for plugs and socket-outlets for domestic use has been extended one year to October 23, 2023. This category of products requires BIS certification to be approved for import, trade and use in India.

The updated IS standard is based on the international standard IEC 60884-1 (2013) “Plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes – Part 1: General requirements”, but is different in scope with some points:

a) The nominal values of the accessories are only covered up to and including 16A and 250V
b) Combi socket are covered.
c) Testing condition in the environment.
d) Schedule for routine, acceptance and type tests are included.
e) Nominal voltage is covered up to and including 250V;

In the updated version IS 1293: 2019, some changes have been made to the technical requirements, among others:

  • 10A is no longer a preferred nominal power.
  • Plugs and sockets with a pitch of 16.5mm for 2.5A sockets are no longer accepted.
  • The 5-pole version has been deleted.
  • There are additional gauges requirements.
  • Oval shaped socket outlet designs are no longer accepted.
  • Additional requirements to floating terminals have been added.
  • New construction requirements for socket contacts, pins of socket contacts and screwless terminals were added.
  • New test requirements to ensure zero strain on non-rewireable plugs and non-rewireable portable sockets were added.
  • A few more options for membranes and grommets were given and some other options.

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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About the author: Verena Numssen is managing director of MPR International GmbH
Publisher: MPR International GmbH

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