India introduces new technical regulation for electrical equipment

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On 11 November 2020, the Indian Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises (MoHI&PE) published an Electrical Equipment (Quality Control) Order, 2020 for low voltage switch- and controlgear.

The technical regulation will come into effect one year after its notification, i.e. in November 2021. It affects a number of different products and devices widely used in industrial applications, for example circuit-breakers, switches and starters (see list below).

The Indian standards referenced in the regulation are an adoption of certain parts of the IEC 60947 international series of standards for low-voltage switch- and controlgear by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

To comply with the regulation, it is mandatory for manufacturers to obtain a licence from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). It proves the conformity of their products to the relevant Indian standards. Upon obtaining the BIS licence, manufacturers shall use the Standard Mark on their products.

List of notified products


Product Category

Indian Standard Number


IS/IEC 60947 : Part 2 : 2016

Switches, disconnectors, switch disconnectors and fuse - combination units

IS/IEC 60947 : Part 3 : 2012

Electromechanical contactors and motor-starters

IS/IEC 60947 : Part 4 : Sec 1 : 2012

A.C semiconductor motor

controllers and starters

IS/IEC 60947 : Part 4 : Sec 2 : 2011

A.C. semiconductor motor controllers and contactors for non-motor loads

IS/IEC 60947 : Part 4 : Sec 3 : 2014

Electromechanical control circuit devices

IS/IEC 60947 : Part 5 : Sec 1 : 2009

Proximity switches

IS/IEC 60947 : Part 5 : Sec 2 : 2007

Electrical emergency stop devices with mechanical latching function

IS/IEC 60947 : Part 5 : Sec 5 : 2016


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