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BIS Registration for Laptop/Notebook/Tablet

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A Brief Introduction of Laptop/Notebook/Tablet:

A laptop, also known as a laptop computer or notebook computer, is a tiny, portable computer featuring a screen and an alphanumeric keypad. Although 2-in-1 PCs with a detachable keyboard are commonly marketed as laptops or as having a laptop mode, they typically have a clamshell form factor, with the screen attached on the inside of the upper lid and the keyboard mounted on the inside of the lower lid. Laptops are suited for mobile use because they can be folded shut for traveling. Its name originates from the fact that it was deemed practical to use while sitting on a person's lap. Laptops are now utilized in a wide range of situations, including at work, in schools, for gaming, web browsing, personal multimedia, and general home computer use.

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As of 2021, the phrases laptop computer and notebook computer are interchangeable in American English; nevertheless, in other dialects of English, one or the other may be preferred. Originally, the names 'notebook computers' and 'notebooks' referred to a specific size of laptop (smaller and lighter than popular laptops at the time), but the terms have since come to signify the same thing, and notebook no longer refers to any specific size.

A tablet, often known as a tablet computer, is a device that runs on a mobile operating system. It features a touchscreen display and a built-in rechargeable battery. It's essentially a thin, flat device. It does not come with a physical keyboard. When compared to the battery life of a laptop, the tablet's battery lasts longer. It is light in weight and easily transportable.

The Bureau of Indian Standard released an official gazette notification stating the requirement of compulsory registration for the said product category under scheme II. Any manufacturer around the globe including India wishes to manufacture a laptop/notebook/tablet, have to get themselves registered with the compulsory registration scheme of BIS. Without a valid BIS license, no manufacturer can sell or trade its equipment in India.

Bureau of Indian Standard Compulsory Registration Scheme (BIS CRS):

In 2012 Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) was introduced by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) now called Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) along with Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Under this scheme, it is mandatory for manufacturers to get their products registered before launching them in the Indian market.

BIS Registration is essential for all the electronic products which are listed in Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS). All manufacturers’ regardless (foreign or Indian) need to apply for this registration to Import the product in India or for doing sales into the Indian market. In India, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology needs the obligatory certificate for 77 electronic products such as audio and video, IT equipment, mobile phones, smart card readers, and other similar gadgets. Hence, every foreign manufacturer of these products is required to obtain a BIS license to export products in India. Consequently, if the foreign manufacturer operates in the Indian market without the BIS license, the manufacturer would be penalized under the BIS Act.

A BIS registration certificate is granted to a manufacturer ‘A’ of that particular product ‘B’ being manufactured at site ‘C’ under brand ‘D’. In case any of the 4 factors change, a new application for BIS certificate is to be applied with BIS. The four important factors for BIS registration are 

1. Manufacturer: The BIS license is only granted to the manufacturer of the applied product. The importer, trader, retailer etc. are not eligible for the license. However they can act as their representative in India if the manufacturer doesn't have their liasioning office in India. But the license is issued in the name of the manufacturer only. 

2. Manufacturer Address: The license is granted to the manufacturer for a particular site address. In case the address of the manufacturer changes, a new license is to be applied for. 
Or in case the manufacturer has one or more manufacturing addresses for the manufacturing of the same device, separate licenses are applied with BIS.

3. Product Category: If a manufacturer is manufacturing more than one product then he has to apply a separate license application for each product category. For example, a manufacturer who is manufacturing mobile phones and adapters both, have to file 2 separate applications with BIS.

4. Brand: A manufacturer/OEM who is manufacturing the same product for more than one brand has to apply for a separate license with BIS. For example if a manufacturer is manufacturing batteries for brand ‘A’ and Brand ‘B’ has to apply for two separate licenses with the department.

BIS Registration Process: 

The BIS CRS registration scheme is majorly categorized in 6 steps. The process starts from the nomination of AIR if the foreign manufacturer does not have its liaison office in India. In that case, the AIR can be the Importer, Trader, or Indian subsidiary of the manufacturer. However, in the case of domestic manufacturers, the manufacturer itself can act as an AIR.

Once the AIR is nominated for the manufacturer, the manufacturer needs to register himself with the department. This process is also known as the ‘know the manufacturer process’. Post portal approval the testing and application submission is to be done for the certification process. The submitted application is scrutinized by the department officials to rectify any errors. In case of no errors, BIS grants the final license to the applicant along with the eight-digit R number.

The entire process of BIS registration takes 4-5 weeks in which testing, documentation, and department scrutiny are involved.

Below mentioned figure depicts a brief lifecycle of the BIS application.

Documents Required for BIS Registration:

The document set of BIS CRS registration requires testing documents, brand documents, factory documents, authorization documents and all India representative documents. 

Also, the test reported generated by the BIS Recognized test LAB will also be required to be submitted along with the grant application.

All the documents must be prepared in the prescribed format published by Bureau of Indian Standard and signed stamped by respective signatories. 

Below mentioned is the list of all the major documents required for applying fresh application with the bureau.

Number of Licenses Issued Country-Wise:

Country Name

Number of License

Country Name

Number of License

Austria

10

Netherland

15

Australia

12

New Zealand

4

Belarus

1

North Korea

2

Belgium

13

Norway

5

Brazil

2

Philippines

37

Bulgaria

3

Poland

21

Cambodia

8

Portugal

4

Canada

31

Romania

14

Chile

1

Russia

4

China

9941

Saint Helena

1

Croatia

2

Serbia

1

Cyprus

2

Singapore

25

Czech Republic

23

Slovakia

8

Denmark

3

Slovenia

2

Egypt

1

South Africa

1

Estonia

1

South Korea

168

Finland

10

Spain

26

France

27

Sri Lanka

1

Germany

149

Sweden

12

Greece

4

Switzerland

15

Hungary

23

Taiwan

406

India

6291

Thailand

124

Indonesia

39

Tunisia

2

Ireland

11

Ukraine

1

Israel

13

United Arab Emirates

2

Italy

62

United Kingdom

79

Japan

140

United States of America

277

Lebanon

1

Vietnam

200

Luxemburg

1

Malta

2

Malaysia

102

Mexico

110

Nepal

3

Turkey

13

This portion of the site is for informational purposes only. The content is not legal advice. The statements and opinions are the expression of author, not corpseed, and have not been evaluated by corpseed for accuracy, completeness, or changes in the law.

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Author
Sagar Sharma
I have over 8 years of experience working in product regulatory compliance. Currently, I work as the operations head at Corpseed Ites Pvt Ltd, where my Job role is providing best in class consulting in the field of product compliance.

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