Regulatory Outlook: Products Considered for Mandatory BIS Certification in India
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) informed about a range of products for which a future mandatory certification is currently under process in India. In addition to being India’s national standards body, the BIS is also responsible for several voluntary and mandatory certification schemes.
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. So far, 136 products are covered by the mandatory product certification scheme of BIS and 50 products by the mandatory registration scheme.
The BIS informed about the following new products which are being considered for technical regulation (e.g. mandatory certification requirements):
- Electric cables, plugs, sockets, switchgear
- Air conditioner, compressor, thermostat, heat exchanger
- Domestic cooker, gas stove, rubber hose for liquid petroleum gas (LPG)
- Protective helmet
- Butterfly valves
- Transparent float glass, sheet glass and safety glass
- Prepaid energy meter, smart meter
- Chemicals: Acetic acid, aniline, methanol, orthophosphoric acid etc.
- Medical devices
- Cranes (electric, overhead, gantry)
- Retroreflector devices for bicycles
- Cotton bales
Background information on mandatory certification requirements in India can be found in the publication “Overview of India’s Quality Infrastructure”. Information on further developments will be published from time to time in the news section of this website.