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BIS Registration for Point of Sale Terminal


A Brief Introduction of Point of Sale Terminal

A point of sale terminal (POS terminal) is an electronic device used in retail locations to process card payments. In general, a POS terminal does the following:

  • Takes information from a customer's credit or debit card and enters it into a computer.
  • Checks whether a customer's bank account has sufficient funds.
  • Transfers money from the seller's account to the customer's account (or at least, accounts for the transfer with the credit card network)
  • The transaction is recorded, and a receipt is printed. 

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 point of sale terminal, 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 their liaison office in India. In that case the AIR can be the Importer, Trader or Indian subsidiary of the manufacturer. However, in case of domestic manufacturer’s, 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 ‘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 is 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 report 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 Licenses Country Name Number of Licenses
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 27
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
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