Bureau of Indian standards- Electronics and Information Technology goods (requirement for compulsory registration) order, 2012

Bureau of Indian standards,(BIS)  a statutory body formed by an Act of Parliament is the nodal agency to set standards on various consumer products. This authority provides quality certification of goods and ensures certain standards. 90 products are under mandatory certification. It allows the licensees to use the popular ISI mark on their product, which is synonymous with quality products.

Government of India introduced Electronics and Information Technology goods( requirement for   compulsory registration)  order 2012 making it mandatory that all Indian and Foreign manufacturers to register before the BIS.  As per this order, already some 722 companies, including all major computer, and electronics product manufacturing companies have registered. As per this Electronics and IT goods (requirement for the compulsory registration) order 2012 no person shall manufacture or store for sale, import, sell, or distribute electronics & IT goods which do not confirm to the specified  standard and do not  bear registration number  for the product. It also mandates all substandard on defective goods, which do not confirm to the specified standard, should be disposed of scraped. This order is applicable to all electronics gods like electronic games(IS13616:2010), laptop, notebook(IS 30252:2010), plasma LCD, LED TV screens of screen size 32 inch and above (IS 6016:2010), optical displays with multiple amplifiers(IS 616:2010), micro wave ovens(IS 302-02-25:1994), video monitors(IS 13252:2010), set top boxes and automatic data processing machines,(13252:2010) etc.

The IT and Electronics product manufacturers were consistently opposing the implementation of this order. In order to accommodate and give them adequate time to follow the BIS standards and compulsory registration, Government of India granted an extension of implementation of this order up to 03/10/2013. There after it was again extended up to January 2014 and further extender up to 03/04/2014. The Bureau of Indian Standards has issued detailed guidelines with regard to the electronic goods in order to enable them to get registration.

Manufacturers Association of Information Technology (MAIT), the apex body of IT product manufacturers are not very happy with this order. MAIT has of view that the labeling requirements are very complex and are unworkable. According to them the labeling requirements are not in accordance to international practices. Embossing or engraving is particularly not feasible due to many reasons: a) The size of the many electronics goods are very small and form size requirements stipulated cannot be applied on them, b) Many IT products are multiple factories in multiple territories and thus embossing and engraving the marking may not be feasible. And they are demanding the government to allow them to use stickers. According to MAIT ,  the BIS  should have given sufficient time for IT manufacturers before implementation  of this requirement.

It is true that introducing BIS standards on electronics and IT goods  will make some inconvenience to the industry at the beginning. However on long term, perspective this will definitely ensure more standardized products  in the market and eliminate the dominance of spurious and sub-standard products.

Rajesh Vellakkat

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