Cables, Steel, Toys: New Draft Technical Regulations Announced in India

Cables are one of the products for which draft technical regulations were announced (photo credit: Pixabay)

In November 2019, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry has published several new draft Quality Control Orders (QCOs). QCOs are issued by Indian regulators to introduce technical regulations such as mandatory certification requirements based on Indian standards.


India has a small number of technical regulations in comparison to markets like the EU. Based on several discussions at national expert forums and among Indian government officials, it becomes clear that India intends to close these ‘regulatory gaps’ by issuing new technical regulations.


The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is specified as the certifying authority for the goods or articles listed in the draft quality control orders.


The DPIIT issued drafts in the following areas:


Name of Quality Control Order


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Cables (Quality Control) Order, 2019

Various cables including PVC insulated (heavy duty) electric cables, crosslinked polyethylene insulated cables, aerial bunched cables



Toys (Quality Control) Order, 2019

Safety requirements of toys (e.g. mechanical and physical properties, flammability)


Aluminium Foil (Quality Control) Order, 2019

Aluminium foil for food packaging


Steel Tubes (Quality Control) Order, 2019

Steel tubes, tubulars and other wrought steel fittings, steel tubes for structural purposes, steel tubes for water wells


Domestic Pressure Cooker (Quality Control) Order, 2019

Domestic pressure cookers


Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) (Quality Control) Order

Rubber hose for LPG



Please send an email to in case you would like to submit comments on any of the mentioned draft orders to DPIIT through the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure.

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