Why it is illegal to sell electronic products without BIS certification in the Indian market

Why it is illegal to sell electronic products without BIS certification in the Indian market

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification is provided in India by the Bureau of Indian Standards, the National Standards Body has been successfully stimulating and nurturing the standards within the country since 1947. It falls under the aegis of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. It involves various activities like standards formulation, certification, testing and calibration, hallmarking, etc. Its main objective is to certify the products and management systems to be safe and reliable for use by the public. 

BIS product certification is one of the largest in the world covering more than 900 products. It permits the licensed users to use the ISI mark on their product, indicating the quality of products. 

  But not all the goods require a BIS certification, there are certain goods whose certification is optional. But there are certain goods which mandatorily require the BIS certification. There is a separate scheme for such goods known as Compulsory Registration Scheme. 

BIS Compulsory Registration Scheme is a scheme and policy of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). This scheme was introduced in 2012 by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and BIS.  

The scheme originally covered 15 products in 2012 but at present, it covers more than 50 products.

According to this scheme, all the people who are manufacturing, storing, selling, importing or distributing the goods listed under this scheme are required to apply for the BIS certification. Manufactures need to get their product tested from BIS recognized labs for applying for the certification. Once BIS registers the manufacturers, he is allowed to use the standard mark for their products in conformation with the Indian Standards. 

According to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, 15 categories of Electronic goods shall be barred from selling if they failed to meet the Indian Standards set by the Bureau of Indian Standards.  

Now since the Department of Electronics has mandated the certification of electronics products, thus their sale without BIS certification is illegal in India.  

According to the BIS notification to all electronic and IT goods manufacturers “No person shall by himself or through any person on his behalf manufacture or store for sale, import, sell or distribute goods, which do not conform to the specified standard and do not bear the words 'self-declaration' - conforming to IS on such goods after obtaining registration from the bureau”. 

The manufacturers of such electronic goods have to get their products tested by the BIS accredited labs and get a safety clearance certificate. And the products would bear a Self-Declaration by the company that they meet the safety criteria set by BIS.  

So any manufacturer who doesn’t get his products tested and certified from BIS is not allowed to sell their products in the Indian Market.  

Therefore, if you want to sell your electronic products in the market then get it certified by BIS. Make sure your products conform to all the health and safety standards and sell them without any hesitation.

Last updated:9/10/2019 4:28:41 AM


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