CRS-Compulsory Registration Scheme

CRS-Compulsory Registration Scheme

What is Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS)

Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) has notified “Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012” on 3 Oct 2012 for fifteen categories of electronics items. Another 15 product categories were added by MeitY under this order on 13 Nov 2014.

Another 13 product categories were added by MeitY under this order on 23 August 2017.

Ministry of New and Renewal Energy(MNRE) has notified products under Solar Photovoltaics, Systems, Devices and Components Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2017 dated 05th September 2017.

As per the Order, no person shall manufacture or store for sale, import, sell or distribute goods which do not conform to the Indian standard specified in the order. Manufacturers of these products are required to apply for registration from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) after getting their product tested from BIS recognized labs.

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) then registers the manufacturers under its registration scheme who are permitted to declare that their articles conform to the Indian Standard (s).

The registered manufacturers are then allowed to use the words “Self declaration – Conforming to IS …(corresponding Indian Standard number) along with R-XXXXXXXX(Registration number) and/or put the Standard Mark notified by the Bureau.

Compulsory Registration Scheme is operated under Chapter IVA of BIS Rules 1987


  • Manufacturers of any of products notified in Compulsory Registration Order( dated 03rd October 2012 , dated 14th November 2014, and dated 23rd August 2016 issued by MietY) and dated 5th September 2017 issued by MNRE), located in India or outside India can apply for grant of Registration under Compulsory Registration Scheme(CRS).
  • Manufacturers have to apply for separate Registration number for products being manufactured at different locations.
  • Manufacturers have to apply for separate Registration number for each brand being manufactured at the same location.

What is CRS-Compulsory Registration Scheme as Per BIS Rule?

What is CRS-Compulsory Registration Scheme as Per BIS Rule?

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.