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The date of commencement of compulsory registration of the third phase of the Indian Bureau of Standards (BIS) was extended to May 23, 2018


Recently, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of India (MeitY) announced that after interviews with various stakeholders, it takes more time to implement the latest standards, and that manufacturers need more time to adapt and meet the latest standards, so India The effective date of compulsory registration of the third phase of the Bureau of Standards (BIS) was extended from February 23, 2018 to May 23, 2018.

Since July 2013, the “Electronic Information Commodity Compulsory Registration Decree 2012” issued by MeitY has come into effect. All products in their mandatory catalogues need to submit a registration application to BIS. After completing the registration and marking the product with a standard mark or self-declaration, the product can be imported into India and be sold on the market. MeitY announced the first and second phase compulsory registration product list in 2012 and 2014, respectively. On August 16, 2017, the third phase added 13 products to the mandatory registration system, including embedded LED lamps, road and street LED lamps, LED floodlights, LED portable lights, LED string lights, LED emergency Lamps and other products. Since then, a total of 43 categories of electronic information products controlled by the three phases have been reached.

Since the end of 2015, the former General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine issued risk warning notices. China's multi-batch exports of electronic and information products from India failed to obtain the BIS registration and certification permit and could not be cleared at the destination port and were forced to return.

Taking LED lighting products as an example, since 2014, China’s export of LED lighting products to India has increased dramatically, with an export value of USD 371 million, a year-on-year growth rate of 231.25%. In 2015, the export scale reached USD 609 million. In 2016, the number of Chinese LED lighting products exported to India fell sharply. The main reason is that the strict implementation of BIS certification, the domestic production of LED lighting products do not meet the appropriate standards, resulting in the inability to enter the Indian market.

To remind relevant companies: seize this opportunity, early registration and certification. Samples must be sent to a BIS approved laboratory for testing and a test report must be issued. At the same time, it is also necessary to pay attention to the issue time of the test report, that is, the report issued within 90 days from the date of submitting the registration application to BIS to the date of issuance of the report will be regarded as a valid report. Pay attention to labeling requirements and avoid export obstruction. After successful registration, the product must be marked with a standard mark or self-declared to meet the relevant standards. The logo or text needs to be clear, easy to read and cannot be erased, and must not be smaller than the word “Arial”6. Or change the mode of trade, from the whole machine to spare parts exports. Although the BIS certification makes it difficult for a large number of domestic LED products to be exported to India, if it is to purchase LED accessories in the country and then go to India to assemble it, the Indian government will give enterprises tax rebates and subsidies, allowing companies to prioritize the use of local resources.

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