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Update on BIS Product Safety Requirements for India

April 5, 2013

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has announced that the implementation date of their mandatory product safety certification/registration requirements for Information Technology Equipment has been postponed from April 6, 2013 to July 3, 2013. The mandatory list of product types covered by these new regulations now includes 15 items and covers:

– Audio and Video equipment (including set up box, amplifiers and others)

– IT Equipment (LCD Displays, Scanners, Laptops, Tablets, peripheries, Automatic Data Processing Machines and others)

– Other products (such as microwave ovens, etc.)

Note: BIS currently defines ‘Automatic Data Processing Machines’ as any of the following:

Data Preparation Equipment

Data Processing Equipment

Data Storage Equipment

Personal Computer

Plotter

Printer

Scanner

VDU

Additional clarification on product classifications is forthcoming from BIS. It is has also been confirmed that BIS will not issue exemption letters or allow voluntary certification for equipment outside of the defined scope. The certificate license holder or applicant must be a registered in-country company. The applicable test standard is IS13252:2010 (which is similar to IEC 60950-1:2005). These new regulations will require local (in-country) testing. However, there are very few accredited commercial test labs in India and it is not clear yet if they will have the capacity to address the industry demand at this time. Acceptance of a CB report and/or foreign test laboratory recognition is still being debated.

If your company develops products that may be subject to these new BIS requirements please contact NTS for more information or visit us online at www.nts.com.

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