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India BIS Exemption Clarifications

Bureau_of_Indian_Standards_Logo.svgWe have received questions about the clarification for BIS HSE Exemption from manufacturers and it is confirmed that the equipment is exempted from BIS registrations if less than 100 units are shipped into India per year and one of the following conditions met as below (a, or b, or c, or d). Though, the regulations do not clearly specify “and one of the following conditions”, this understanding has been confirmed with India labs, agents and authorities multiple times.

Highly Specialized Equipment (HSE) as per the criteria given below shall stand exempted from the application of said Order provided they are manufactured/ imported in less than 100 units per model per year-

  1. Equipment  Powered by Three phase power supply or
  2. Equipment  Powered by Single phase power supply with current rating exceeding 16 Ampere or
  3. Equipment  with dimension exceeding 1.5m x 0.8m or
  4. Equipment  with weight exceeding 80kg

NTS International Approval Staging Services

untitled-1Preparing for in-country testing is very similar to preparing for CE, FCC tests. However, some commonly seen issues such as language barriers, incorrect instructions/faulty samples or customs clearance issues may cause delays for obtaining the approvals.

The international approvals staging session at NTS is designed to mitigate these potential problems. With our experienced team at NTS, we will help to ensure the test instructions are executed correctly and more importantly, that the product is operating according to the relevant country specific standards. Lastly, before shipping out the test sample, we will check the product has the proper documents in order to clear customs.

Please contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com for more details on preparing for your in-country test.

This post was written by Luis Cabrera. Luis has 10 years of experience at NTS in the areas of international shipping, testing and international approvals.

New Mexico NOM Test Standard for E1 and E3 Has Been Released

Mexico has issued a new test standard for E1 and E3 interfaces (2048 Kbit/s and 34368 Kbit/s)- NOM-EM-017-SCFI-2016.

Test laboratories must have this standard in their accreditation scope in order to perform testing. IFT is still the responsible authority for homologations of telecommunication equipment.

Contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com if you need more details about this new standard.

International Approvals: EU/CE Compliance Update

shutterstock_201142688A new version of the “Blue Guide” was issued aligning the requirements with the “New Legislative Framework”.

Please note the following two particular aspects extracted from the guide:

  1. The EC DoC (Declaration of Conformity) must be in the official language of the Member State/Country or wherever the products are available in the market.
  2. Obligations of the manufacturers, importers and distributors:
    • The product must be accompanied by instructions and safety information in a language determined by the Member State/Country that can be easily understood by consumers and other end-users.
    • Product must have the manufacturer’s name, registered name or trademark and the address where they can be contacted.
    • Product must have the importer’s name, registered name or trademark and the address where they can be contacted.

Please click here to check the blue guide carefully for more information about these two items above, other details and exemptions.

For any further questions regarding this new development, please contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com.

Japan VCCI Marking and Statement Regulation

Japan VCCI is a voluntary EMC approval for IT Equipment only; however it is well known that importers, distributors, retailers and local representatives in country may demand VCCI approval to sell the products.

We have recently found that some manufactures are confused about the marking and statement requirements and therefore prepared the table below for clarification.

ia table 1

VCCI Mark:


Class A Statement:


Class B Statement:


Note: There are some other statements that are rarely required.

Contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com if you need more details about the VCCI mark (such as sizing, color..etc.), e-labelling regulation, translation of the statements, regulation for small products and other questions.

Saudi Arabia CITC Application Requirement Update

CITC LogoSaudi Arabia CITC has started to implement authentication measures for documents being submitted for Type Approvals. Most notably is the Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and the laboratory confirmation letter.

The DoC of a particular model must now include official corporate seal or stamp by the authorized person. Same requirements are applicable for the laboratory confirmation letter. It needs to specify that the test report was issued by the lab and the applicable standards have been met for the model.

If for various reasons the document cannot be sealed or stamped NTS has an alternative, acceptable method of having this document approved. Please contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com

Argentina HSE Statement Requirement Update

Argentina has published Resolution 171/2016 in April, 2016 replacing Resolution 508[1] and the HSE (Highly Specialized Equipment) statement is no longer mandatory. However, the manufacturers can still opt to implement the statement or keep it as is if it’s already available on the products.

For any further questions regarding this new development, please contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com.

[1] NTS International Approvals Update: Changes to Labeling and Logo Requirements 


International Approvals Update: Taiwan BSMI

Recently, Taiwan BSMI has performed inspections in the market on products under BSMI DoC approval scheme. Aside from the BSMI mark with applicant’s code (“D number”) that appears on the product label, the inspectors want to ensure that the applicant’s details are displayed on the marketing package, manual or product, such information needs to be implemented before the product goes to market.

The applicant’s details that must be displayed on the marketing package, manual or product are the company name and address in Traditional Chinese, with phone number (as shown on the BSMI DoC). In addition, importers or distributors must have an authorization letter from the BSMI DoC applicant, in case of BSMI audit. It is optional for importers to add their contact details (name, address and phone) on the package.

Note: The BSMI mark and compliance statement requirements shall remain the same.

For any further questions regarding this new development, please contact our NTS International Approvals Team at IATeam@nts.com.

International Approvals Update – India BIS Amendment No. 2

Bureau_of_Indian_Standards_Logo.svgIndia BIS has established an Amendment No. 2 to IS 13252(Part1):2010 and the requirements are very similar to IEC 60950-1 A2. The current IS 13252(Part1):2010 (with amendment no. 1) is permitted until Dec 31st, 2016.

For the existing registered models, the manufacturers can choose any one base model for Amendment 2 testing and the test reports must show compliance to IS13252(Part1):2010 Amendment 2 requirements. Such test reports and the undertaking form need to be submitted to BIS before Dec 31st, 2016.

For any further questions please contact Caio Collet-Silva, NTS International Approvals Manager at 510-570-7585 or email IAteam@nts.com.

International Approvals Update: Changes to Labeling and Logo Requirements

Changes to Labeling and Logo Requirements


RCM Replaces A-Tick and C-Tick (enforced March 2016)

Starting March 1, 2016, RCM replaced A-Tick and C-Tick. Products subject to mandatory approval will require to bear RCM logo to enter the Australia market. For formerly A-Tick or C-Tick approved products, the manufacturers may still use A-Tick or C-Tick logo as long as the manufacture date is before March 1, 2016.


HSE Statement/Resolution 508 (enforced April 2016)

Starting on April 22, 2016, a HSE (High Specialized Equipment) statement must be on the equipment if the product is not safety certified in Argentina. Safety certification in Argentina has been voluntary for HSE, however, Resolution 508 was issued at the end of 2015 demanding that a HSE Statement (Spanish) be placed in a visible area on products shipped to Argentina.

Spanish Statement

“PRODUCTO NO CERTIFICADO EN SEGURIDAD ELÉCTRICA EN LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA. Apto para ser operado exclusivamente por personal con conocimientos en materia eléctrica. No instalar al alcance del público en general. No utilizar en procesos de enseñanza. No utilizar en comercios con atención al público”.


Resolution 662 (enforced March 2016)

According to Resolution 662 that was issued and enforced on March 10, 2016:

  • EAN/GS1 number and barcode figure are NOT required anymore for ANATEL homologation projects
  • Local reps or license holders does not need to provide this information for new ANATEL homologations
  • Products to be certified and products already certified can use the label without EAN/GS1 number and barcode figure

ANATEL Homologation Number Format Change

The ANATEL homologation number now has two (2) more characters (numbers).
The new format is:


(HHHHH = homologation code; AA = Year of the issuance; FFFFF = main product manufacturer)


DEITY/BIS Logo and Label Requirements (in-progress)

A new marking requirement was published by India DEITY/BIS on Feb 10, 2016. The requirement states: that beginning on June 30, 2016 the BIS logo will become mandatory for certified products.

  • The previous BIS compliance statement will no longer be acceptable after this date
  • Any products certified prior to this date will also be required to bear the new logo on the marking materials unless imported to India before June 30, 2016.

For reference, below is the BIS logo:

India BIS logo

(——– = Applicable Standard, XXXXXXXX= Approval/Registration number)