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India BIS Certification Service

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS-CRS) Certification Service

What’s New:

MEITY recently published two lists of new product categories that will fall under the CRS scheme under Compulsory Registration Orders (CRO) IV and V.  These product categories are expected to become mandatory April 1st 2021.  For a complete list of the new products, see the table below. 

In Q4 of 2018 MEITY of the Indian government announced that the BIS (CRS) market surveillance process had changed.  The change at that time was intended to be fully implemented by January of 2019.  As part of the change, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) was put in charge of surveillance.  Although the new process has been slow to roll out, STPI has recently established an online portal to assist BIS certified manufacturers in registering for the new surveillance program.  Although it is unclear when enforcement of this process might begin, market surveillance is a mandatory part of the BIS certification process.  We recommend all BIS certification holders become aware of these new rules and plan accordingly.  For more information on this change see our Blog post: India BIS Market Surveillance Update

General Information:

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is a government-based certification body who’s activities are overseen by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY).  They have two main certification marks; the Standard Mark for Compulsory Registration (CRS), and the ISI mark.  The CRS certification pertains to product safety, whereas the ISI certification is more focused on product performance and quality.  This page will focus specifically on the CRS certification scheme.

The Standard Mark for Compulsory Registration is a mandatory certification mark required for certain types of electronics and IT goods.  The Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) came into effect in April of 2013.  The requirements for compliance to this scheme are based mainly on safety aspects of a product.  Examples of types of products required to comply with this scheme are: information technology equipment, office equipment, home appliances, and LED lighting products.  The number of products and product categories requiring compliance are continually growing.

Click here to see a video and download the presentation regarding the latest requirements for BIS Safety and WPC Wireless Certification.

General BIS Requirements for Compulsory Registration Scheme:

The BIS certification process requires testing of samples to be performed in India and a report generated from an authorized BIS test lab.  Test labs are not permitted to accept test data from CB reports.  Once testing is complete, and a report has been generated, it must be submitted to BIS within 90 business days of the report date.  This task must be handled by the company’s Authorized Indian Representative (AIR).  BIS then reviews the report, and submittal documents.  Upon acceptance they will either add the models in the report to an existing BIS registration number or create a new registration number if one does not currently exist.

An important distinction to be made between the India BIS approval process and other international approval processes is that BIS does not issue certifications per model or family.  They issue a registration number, which is valid for 2 years and covers all models/families produced by a particular factory.  This is of importance in that any issues found with a model/family after inclusion to a registration, will not only jeopardize approval for that model/family, but all models covered under the associated registration number.

The registration number is issued to the factory that builds the product instead of the applicant or brand owner applying for approval.  An Authorized Indian Representative (AIR) must be established in India for BIS registration.  If the applicant or factory has a representative office in India, this office must take the responsibility of AIR.  If there is no existing representation in India, another legal entity within India can be nominated as the AIR.

BIS registration does not currently require factory inspections, but market surveillance of products is common.  An applicant has a limited period of time to respond to a BIS request for product surveillance.  This request is issued to the AIR, as the legal representative of the product in India.

Challenges Obtaining and Maintaining BIS Certification

Getting BIS certification in a fast, expedient manner, and maintaining it once achieved can be hindered by the following obstacles:

  • Determine whether products require mandatory BIS certification
  • Test samples are delayed in shipping, or get stuck in customs
  • Products malfunction or fail during testing
  • Family model platforms are interpreted by test lab to require multiple certification reports
  • Components interpreted by test lab to require separate BIS certification, increasing cost and time
  • AIRs not reliable in dealing with BIS product surveillance issues
  • Registrations or certification standards expire, invalidating BIS registration and all products covered under it

How Can We Help?

G&M Compliance has an established office in India.  Our experienced personnel in both the U.S. and India utilize the following practices to achieve a fast and efficient certification experience:

  • Experience in interpreting BIS product definitions, and knowledge of where to find clarification.
  • Understand process for clearing test samples through customs.
  • Troubleshoot issues on-site during testing, to expedite approval process
  • Work with test labs to maximize platform model certification coverage.
  • Select the right laboratory based on favorable interpretations of BIS regulations
  • Vet 3rd party AIRs to ensure that they are knowledgeable and reliable.
  • Track and alert customers of upcoming registration renewals with G&M’s Certificate Alert and Tracking System (CATS)

Mark – A CRS certification mark is required to be placed on the product.

In-Country Representative: AIR required

In-Country Testing: Required.

Expiration Details – BIS registrations are valid for 2 years after which time they need to be renewed.  Renewal is generally a paperwork transaction with no need to send samples.  For more information on tracking certifications please see our CATS page.

Product Surveillance – No factory follow-up inspections are required.  Market surveillance is common.

Components of BIS mandatory systems may also require BIS certification at the component level.  As the definition of products/components requiring compulsory certification can be nebulous, test laboratories may have differing opinions on the exact types or applications in which components require mandatory certification.

If a system does not require compulsory BIS, it’s sub-system components should not require BIS either, even if they would require it as stand-alone products.  Therefore it is imperative that proper documentation be presented, and that appropriate representation is retained for declaring the system at customs.

For electrical products, depending on the type of equipment, certifications other than BIS may be required for India.  Among these are WPC for wireless products, and TEC for telecom products.  For more information about what certifications are required for your product please contact us.

We have found that often times certification bottlenecks can occur within a manufacturer’s organization.  As a result, we offer a service to provide internal help managing regulatory certification tasks.  Because G&M is not a certification body, we are in a unique position to offer valuable regulatory expertise without any conflict of interest issues.  In such cases we place G&M certification experts into our customers’ organizations to manage the certification process for them.  Once on the inside, our managers can leverage G&Ms collective experience to guide certification processes in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  To learn more about this service see our Homologation Management Service Page.  
Untimely expirations of certificates can cause delays in product deliveries.  Re-certification of products will generally be treated as new submittals instead of certificate renewals.  This can be time-consuming and costly.  G&M provides a web-based certification tracking system that alerts users when expirations are coming, provides on-line storage of important certification documentation, and is searchable by certification specific criteria.  For more information on this system see our CATS page.

Compulsory Registration Order (CRO) IV & CRO V Product Category Lists:

S. No. Product Category   Indian Standard   S. No. Product Category   Indian Standard
45 Standalone LED Modules for General Lighting IS 16103 Part 1: 2012 55 Television other than Plasma/ LCD/LED TVs IS 616: 2017
46 Lighting Chain (Rope Lights) IS 10322 Part 5

Section 9: 2017

56 Rice Cooker IS 302 Part 2: Section

15: 2009

47 Keyboard IS 13252 Part 1: 2010 57 Wireless microphone IS 616: 2017
48 Induction Stove IS 302 Part 2: Section

6: 2009

58 Digital Camera IS 13252 Part 1: 2010
49 Automatic Teller Cash dispensing machines IS 13252 Part 1: 2010 59 Video Camera IS 616:2017
50 USB Type External Hard Disk Drive IS 13252 Part 1: 2010 60 Webcam (Finished Product) IS 616:2017
51 Wireless Headphones and Earphones IS 616: 2017 61 Smart Speakers (with and without Display) IS 616:2017
52 USB Type External Solid- State Storage Devices (above 256 GB capacity) IS 13252 Part 1: 2010 62 Dimmers for LED products IS 60669-2-1: 2008
53 Electronic Musical System with input power below 200 Watts IS 616: 2017 63 Bluetooth speakers IS 616:2017
54 Standalone Switch Mode Power Supplies (SMPS) with output voltage 48 V (max) IS 13252 Part 1: 2010

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