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 Certification is issued in India by the Bureau of Indian Standards. BIS has been successfully promoting and maintaining International standards within the country since 1987. Bureau of Indian Standards is involved in different activities like standard formulation, certification of products, system certifications, hallmarking, laboratory services, registration scheme and more.
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.
What is the Purpose of BIS Certification?
Bureau of Indian Standards is a national body that makes a check on the quality, safety and reliability of products marketed in India. A total of 497 laboratories (October 14th 2019) are associated with BIS for testing purposes. BIS Certification is thus promoted by the government of India for the following purposes:
- To safeguard public health
- To provide quality assurance
- To protect the consumer from hazardous/unhealthy products
- For promoting consumer confidence.