The department of electronics and information technology now called the ministry of electronics and information technology introduced the concept of a compulsory registration scheme (CRS) in the year 2012. According to the applicable standards by IS, the products are mandatory to be tested for safety reasons.
The main reason behind the introduction of compulsory registration scheme is that the products that are being circulated in the economy should be made free of any kind of doubt in terms of quality and no compromise should be made while this assuring this.
The scheme covers around 15 electronic and consumer products and related provisions to this in the initial year. Two years later in 2014, another list of 15 categories of products was added to the existing scheme.
According to the provisions of this CRS, it is mandatory for the manufacturers to get their products registered before bringing them into the market circulation.
As far as overseas manufacturers are concerned, it is required for them to keep a local representative in India on their behalf to represent them locally and be responsible for all the further procedures that are required to bring the product into the market.
One of the big reasons why this is needed in our system is that low cost and low-quality electronic products are being supplied in the economy for a long time. This exact thing has created an adverse effect on the quality- of conscious manufacturers for the long term. To make it a big thing, various structures of market surveillance have been designed to make sure that compliance is being adhered to. This program is basically for the manufacturer to provide them with unique registration for each manufacturing location they have.
BIS Certification is provided to them based on the following three criteria:
- Product type
- Brand category
- Manufacturer with each registered location
The scheme has made it mandatory for the manufacturers to go through in-country lab testing, local and international Labs that are recognised by the Bureau of Indian Standards to test various products that are covered under this program. Following categories of products are covered under this scheme. Let us have a look –
Laptop, tablet, notebook, Plasma/ LED/ LCD TV, microwave oven, printers, plotters, scanners, set-top box, video display units video monitors, electronic games, optical disc players, wireless keyboards, telephone answering machine, electronic musical system ( minimum 200 watts), mains power electronic clocks, amplifiers with minimum 2000 watts, automatic data processing machines, power adaptor for IT, power adaptor for AV, Self ballasted LED lamps, LED control gear, mobile phones, POS, Cash register, Mail processing machines, passport readers, power Banks, UPS/inverter, LED luminaires for general purpose and sealed secondary cell batteries for portable devices.
Such standards are being developed and made mandatory by the government of India to
- Improve the quality of domestic product to improve global competitiveness.
- To curb the dumping of non-compliant goods
- Maintain the standards internationally on the global scenario as far as quality electronic and IT goods are concerned.
- Ensure Indian customer which world-class quality of product with zero trust issues.
The government of India has also introduced this with the vision to assist in setting up of laboratory protest the electronic goods as per the approved orders with BIS certification.
Main features of the scheme are:
- It applies to both importers and domestic organisation.
- The registration is valid for initial 2 years and can be easily renewed on request only within case if no problematic issue is reported during the period of registration.
- Initial registration lab recognition and renewal issues are handled by the Bureau of Indian Standards.
- The testing procedures are carried out by recognized Labs.