BIS Registration FAQ on "Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012


Part - I : Generic Issues

1. The Compulsory Registration order will be effective based onmanufacturing date or import date?

The date of manufacturing for domestically produced goods and date oflanding of consignments in India for goods manufactured overseas wouldapply for consideration against deadlines notified.

2. What would be the status of goods already in stock and in the market?

  • The products manufactured / imported before the due date of coming intoeffect of Order are not intended to carry the self declaration.

3. What will happen to goods ordered and expected to come on or after thedue date (on account of deferment of shipments) or in transit?

  • The goods landing at Indian ports on or after the due date must comply withthe requirements of Order.

4. Who is eligible to get Unique Registration Number – the manufacturer orimporter?

  • The manufacturer is eligible to apply and get unique registration numberwhich is linked to manufacturer, location of factory, product and brand.

5. What are list of document and test results to be submitted for registration?

  • Kindly refer to BIS website http://www.bis.org.in/cert/ProcGrantReg.asp.

6. If being manufactured by OEM and the product is already carrying CE,UL & FCC mark or tested as per International safety standard inoverseas lab or a CB testing lab - do these products have to be retested or submission of test report from OEM supplier is enough for registration.

  • The BIS Rules require a valid test report (not older than 90 days) from any BIS recognized test laboratory to be submitted while applying for CompulsoryRegistration. The test reports issued by BIS Recognized Labs are only accepted for Registration.

7. What is the validity of test report?

  • As per BIS Rules, the test report shall not be older than ninety days as on the date of submission of application online as well as physical application for registration.

8. Self-declaration mark will be on the product or packaging? What labeling / location of phrase for self- declaration has been fixed and where to refer for the same for specific product?

  • The self declaration statement shall be marked as per the BIS order no. BIS/DGO/(405)/2014 dated 31 July 2014 on Labeling Requirements. Order is available at BIS website http://www.bis.org.in/cert/Labelling_July_Rev_01.pdf.

9. What should the label display?

  • Label should display "Self-Declaration - Conforming to IS…………., Rxxxxxxxxx" as per BIS order no. BIS/DGO/(405)/2014 dated 31 July 2014 available on BIS website. Order is available at BIS website http://www.bis.org.in/cert/Labelling_July_Rev_01.pdf.

10. If manufacture is manufacturing under multiple brands, is registration required for each brand?

  • Different brands are required to be registered separately. If this is being done based on a common test report, all the brands should be listed in the test report based on sample of each brand submitted. No objection certificate /consent letter from brand owner or alternatively copy of Agreement with brand owner is to be provided to BIS by the applicant Please refer to "Process for Registration" under registration Scheme available at BIS website www.bis.org.in.

11. If product is certified at one manufacturing location, is it necessary that registration for that same product manufactured at other locations is done again?

  • The unique registration number provided by BIS is for unique manufacturing location. Hence, separate application has to be made for each location and supported with a test report for product from that manufacturing location.

12. Who will bear the cost of registration?

  • The costs including those of surveillance are to be borne by the registered entity.

13. Is it required to get the product retested from a lab prior to renewal?

  • The renewal is done by BIS on submission of renewal application in prescribed format by the registered user. The renewal application along with requisite fee shall be submitted at least one month in advance from the date of expiry of registration. Repeat testing is not specifically envisaged. However, test samples would be picked up for testing during surveillance. In accordance with para 3 of Order dated 13 Nov. 2014, testing may be needed if test report as per latest version of upgraded standard is not available at the time of renewal.

14. Who is liable for testing of imported products – Importer or Foreign Manufacture?

  • Once registered by the manufacturing unit, the order allows imports of registered goods by the multiple importers. The Registration is for the manufacturers (factory). Hence, it is the responsibility of manufacturer to get the products tested from BIS recognized laboratory.

15. Will the supplier's test report be good enough for self-declaration for importer or trading company?

  • The supplier's test report is not acceptable.

16. What is the process of collecting product from foreign manufacturer?

  • It is the responsibility of manufacturer to get the products tested from any BIS recognized laboratory. Such products will be picked up from the market or from the local representative of the foreign manufacturer during surveillance.

17. What is the time period of testing / collection / registration?

  • The time period of testing is depending upon the work load of the laboratory chosen by the manufacturer. Samples for initial registration can be submitted directly to the labs by the Manufacturer. Independent samples need to be collected only during surveillance process. The registration will be promptly processed by BIS if all submitted documents are in order. BIS also offers Tatkal registration process for registration in a short time.

18. Can the manufacturer apply for recognition with BIS for its own testing laboratory?

  • Manufacturer's test laboratories are not entitled for recognition with BIS.

19. Will the testing be required for every lot?

  • There is no such requirement from the scheme. However, if relevant product standards call for it, the same would apply. It is the responsibility of the registered entity to ensure the compliance of goods to the respective standards by following appropriate process and product assurance procedures.

20. Which of the BIS recognized labs can be approached for testing of products?

  • The list of BIS recognized labs along with their capability for each product / standard is available on BIS web site http://www.bis.org.in/lab/osladd1.asp.

21. How would identical models with minor changes be accommodated for registration without any testing?

  • Please refer to the series guidelines for series approvals for which are available on DeitY web site http://deity.gov.in/sites/upload_files/dit/files/Guidelines%20for%20Series%20Formation%20(2).pdf and http://deity.gov.in/sites/upload_files/dit/files/Revised_SeriesGuidelines_R1.pdf.

22. How to address if alternate sources are developed for same approved specifications? What will happen if the circuit or components are changed?

  • An updated / supplement test report with alternate sources included in the updated Construction Data Form (CDF) are required to be submitted to BIS for placing such changes on records. BIS recognized labs may also conduct testing if such changes may shall have impact on safety considerations of the registered product.

23. Whether FR Grade material is mandatory under the standards?

  • Refer to the applicable notified product standard to confirm if this is a requirement specified by the standard.

24. What document should trader demonstrate during surveillance?

  • Compliance Statement on the Goods as demanded by the Order needs to be demonstrated. If needed, the trader has to supplement with a copy of the Registration Certificate / Source of procurement and related documents to establish compliance to the law.

25. If product is required to be sent abroad for maintenance, do we need to submit the product before custom clearance?

  • Products sent abroad for maintenance are allowed to be brought in without BIS registration number provided the serial number does not change. Faulty units when replaced with brand new units of a different serial number, the new units would call attention of Order.

26. Once the product is registered as imported, would the repeat order of same product need to again register?

  • There is no requirement for re-registration for the same product. Registration once granted, is valid for two years. Original Registration could be revalidated, on request, as per provisions of the scheme.

27. In case plant is outside India, who will communicate with manufacturer?

  • Communications are addressed to the registered entity / its authorized Indian representative.

28. Is self-declaration to conformity applicable for products mentioned in Gazette or can be applied to other electronics products also?

  • The Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012 mandating self-declaration is applicable only to products listed in the Gazette Order notified by the DeitY.

29. With this mandatory registration, will the other quality norms in tenders, empanelment like FCC, UL, CE, be removed?

  • The Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012 is a regulatory requirement for placing products on Indian markets. It does not prohibit the purchaser from specifying additional technical requirements.

30. What is the penalty provision if a manufacturer is not registered with BIS and continues selling the products in Indian market?

  • The manufacturer is liable for prosecution under clauses 3(2) (deformation of products beyond use) and 4(3) (seizure of products) of Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012 notified by DeitY on 03 Oct. 2012 and 2(a)(2) of amendment order dated 25 June 2013.

31. When would the testing laboratories return the tested samples?

  • Since safety testing involves destructive tests, the laboratories can return / dispose of the tested samples as per their policy on retention period for tested samples. However, labs are expected to retain samples collected during surveillance particularly when test results are non-compliant for a period of three months from the date of uploading / issue of such test report to DeitY.

32. What is the retention period of second sample?

  • This counter sample will be retained by the manufacturer of sample pick up agency till DeitY closes surveillance cycle for that product positively or renewal of registration is granted for the product whichever is earlier.

33. Is there a common format for test reports which all the BIS recognized laboratories have to follow?

  • BIS issues common formats.

34. What are safety critical components?

Typical safety critical components* are -

  • Power cords
  • Switches
  • Safety Isolating Transformers
  • Fuses
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Picture tubes / CROs
  • PCBs
  • Thermostats
  • X and Y capacitors
  • Fusible resistors / varistors
  • Plug / sockets / connectors
  • Lamp holders
  • Cells (For batteries )
  • External and internal wire for LED Luminaires
  • Insulation tape
  • Electrolytic Bulk Capacitor
*This list is indicative only and not intended to be comprehensive.

35. Will the Compulsory Registration order apply to spare parts of the notified products? Will the order apply to an item used as a replacement of a faulty unit?

  • The Compulsory Registration order applies to finished goods and not the spare parts, CKD or SKD units. However, complete unit being sent as replacement of faulty unit would draw the attention of this Order.

36. How will the goods imported for demonstration or R & D or testing purposes be treated?

  • The said order shall not be applicable to goods if imported for demonstration / development / testing in India. Reference is made to para 2(b) of Gazette notification dated 05 July 2013 available on DeitY website http://deity.gov.in/sites/upload_files/dit/files/Amendment_Order.pdf.

37. It has been observed that certain requirements of Indian Standards, like color code and length of cord, are in conflict with the International Electro - technical Commission (IEC) standards. However, the said inconsistencies are not of a critical nature and would in no way, affect the quality of the products. How will the said inconsistencies be considered by the BIS recognized laboratories while doing the testing of the items submitted to them?

  • The industry has to follow the Indian standards. Wherever feasible, BIS has permitted the use of internationally approved components.

38. Will it be possible to get future models included in existing series (as part of 10 models in a series) after Grant of Registration to the representative model already registered?

New products can be included in the existing Registration number with the following process -

  • Technical details of the new product along with the existing Series and test report to be submitted to the Labs for validation.
  • Validation report from Lab along with existing registration number for a series needs to be submitted to BIS along with processing fee.

39. Is pocket photo product using AC adopter DC 5V, 1A which is similar to Polaroid camera covered by this order?

  • This product is not within the scope of the Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012. However, AC adopter and battery used in the camera are covered under the Order.

40. What is "Highly Specialized Equipment" (HSE) and is it covered by this order?

Highly Specialized Equipment (HSE), as per the criteria given below, shall stand exempted from the application of this Order provided they are manufactured / imported in less than 100 units per model per year –

  • Equipment Powered by Three phase power supply, or
  • Equipment Powered by Single phase power supply with current rating exceeding 16 Ampere, or
  • Equipment with dimensions exceeding 1.5 m x 0.8 m, or
  • Equipment with weight exceeding 80 Kg.

41. What kind of batteries are covered under the Order?

  • The scope of coverage is as defined in the clause 1.1 of the standard IS 16406 : 2012. This is deemed to cover rechargeable batteries / single cells (other than button) like Lithium ion batteries, Nickel-Cadmium and Nickel-Metal Hydride cells.

42. Would cells and batteries require to be independently registered?

  • These items are required to be independently registered. However, a battery using registered cells would only list cells in the CDF of the battery and testing on registered cell is not expected to be done as part of battery.

43. What is implied by cells of same construction design in series guidelines issued by DeitY?

  • Cells of same construction design means the shape in which these cells are normally available i.e. "Cylindrical" or "Prismatic" or "Li-polymer".

44. What is the definition of portable application? Batteries, cells, power banks themselves are portable but they can be used in non-portable devices laptop, mobile phone, etc.

  • It is clearly defined in clause 1.3.14 of the standard IS 16046 : 2012 applicable to Secondary Cells/ Batteries. As per the definition "a battery for use in a device or appliance which is conveniently hand carried is a portable battery and cells intended for assembly in a portable battery is a portable cell". The products laptop, mobile phone are portable appliances as per above definition.

45. How will the battery of a product be tested if it is an integral part of the product and cannot be detached?

  • If battery is an integral part of the host product and is not detachable, the battery would be tested as a part of the host product itself. More number of samples of host product may be needed in such a case.

46. What registration number will a consolidated product (like laptop / mobile) using the battery and adaptor display?

  • Registration for Power Adaptors & Batteries is now mandatory, and hence these items must independently be registered and, in turn, sport the registration label. However, the consolidated product (e.g. laptop / mobile) would only bear the product registration label. Label for respective sub parts, like: Adaptor & Battery would independently be visible when these items are disintegrated from the main product.

47. Will the host product that are currently registered but utilize unregistered batteries or adaptors be exempted or will they be stopped at customs when the implementation of phase II of Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012 becomes due?

  • At present, conformity certificates of batteries / adaptors are being accepted against IEC standard at the time of registration. Now, after expansion of Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012, the registration of adaptors / batteries is mandatory and, therefore, conformity certificate as per IEC standard for these components will not be accepted on or after the due date.

48. Will UPS / Inverter only include standalone units or Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012 will also cover UPS / Inverter units that are installed in a host system? Will such components also require registration?

  • Only standalone UPS / Inverters are covered under Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012.

49. Are the plugs and sockets conforming to other International Standards acceptable?

  • The configuration and dimensions of pins of sockets and plugs or plug part of products with built-in plugs should be as per the current edition of IS : 1293.

Part - II : Decisions Related to Product Coverage under the Order

1. What about remote handset changes in LCD / LED products time to time?

  • Any changes must be informed and have concurrence of the Registering Authority. Repeat testing, if needed could be asked for / provided.

2. Is desktop computer included in the list under automatic data processing machines, since it does not appear as a separate item?

  • The desktop is automatic data processing equipment as per the definition. But, the desktop or personal computer will not be covered under the provisions of the said order.

3. Will an Amplifier (PA system) with USB for playing music fall under Electronic Musical System category?

  • An Amplifier (PA system) with USB for playing music still remains an Amplifier (PA system) and cannot be termed as electronic music system because its basic function remains of amplifier only.

4. Whether PA Amplifiers with MP3 Playback facility are covered under Electronic Musical System? MP3 Playback module provided in the Amplifiers is an additional feature only?

  • An Amplifier (PA system) with MP3 Playback facility still remains an Amplifier (PA system) and cannot be termed as electronic music system because its basic function remains of amplifier only.

5. What are covered under Electronic Musical System?

  • As given in the Standard IS 616 :2010, the electronic musical system covers -
  • Record or Disc Player-
  • Tape Players and Recorder-
  • Professional Sound / Video System-

6. Are commercial and industrial printers included in IS 13252: 2010?

  • The standard IS 13252 :2010 (Part - 1) does not differentiate between class or type of printers.

7. What is covered under Electronic Clocks with Mains Power?

  • As per IS 302-2-26 : 1994 - Alarm clocks, clocks controlling radio receivers and like, that are regarded as being primarily intended for time indicating purposes and spring driven clocks with an electrically operated winding mechanism, are within the scope of this standard. Clocks incorporating driving means other than motors are also within the scope.
  • This standard does not apply to : Clocks having other functions, whether or not in combination with time indication, such as master control clocks and timers for cooking ranges, washing machines and the like;
    • Clocks for 'clocking-in' purposes;
    • Clocks incorporated in mains-operated electronic and related apparatus for household and similar general use; and
    • Clocks incorporating electronic circuits only.

8. Are Multi Media Speaker Systems parts of Amplifiers or Electronic Musical Systems?

  • The Multi Media Speaker Systems receive power from the stated devices and hence are not parts of Amplifiers or Electronic Musical Systems.

9. Are consumer wireless devices (Wi-fi and Blue tooth) covered under the scope?

  • The wireless devices like Wi-fi modems, BT headset, BT speaker, BT mouse, USB data card and USB LAN card are not covered under the scope of Compulsory Registration order.

10. What is the definition and scope under the title Automatic Data Processing (ADP) Machines in reference to the notified order?

Automatic Data Processing Machines cover –

  • Data Preparation Equipment
  • Data Processing Equipment
  • Data Storage Equipment
  • Personal Computer
  • Plotter
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • VDU

* Specially exempted from the coverage under the Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012. *

11. Do high definition video conferencing products need registration under this Order?

  • Only video display units of high definition video conferencing products, if they are of size 32" and above, fall under the Order.

12. Are digital video recorders (Security products connected with CCTV camera) covered under the Order?

  • Digital video recorders (Security products connected with CCTV camera) are not covered by the Order.

13. Are thermal printers used in ATM machines covered in the definition for printers requiring Registration?

  • Standalone printers are covered by the Order. The printers used as an embedded part of a larger device, like ATM here, are not covered by the Order.

14. Are built-in rechargeable batteries which cannot be detached by user (e.g. shavers and trimmers) covered under the Compulsory Registration Order?

  • In the products where battery is not a stand-alone saleable item and the host product (e.g. shavers and trimmers) is not covered under the CRO, rechargeable batteries are forming an inseparable integral part of the product not covered under CRO.

15. Do the following devices fall under the scope of Compulsory Registration Order -

  • Mobile computing devices : Batch or GSM and WiFi based mobile computers?
  • RFID : HF and UHF based devices - Fixed mount or mobile computers?
  • Wireless access points, controllers / switches?

The products mentioned under a) and b) above are covered under the Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012 dated 13 Nov. 2014. However, items under c) are networking devices and are not covered under this order.

16. Is a home entertainment system consisting of following components to be considered as an Electronic Musical System covered by the Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012-

  • Console system,
  • Woofer with built in amplifier (less than 2000 watts),
  • Speakers,
  • Remote, and
  • iPod dock?

All these components taken together constitute the Electronic Musical System as defined in the Order and hence they fall under its ambit if the input power is more than 200 watts, as specified in the schedule.

17. Do both professional use equipment and home use equipment require registration?

  • Gazette notification and the relevant Indian Standards do not differentiate between professional use equipment and home use equipment. If any such equipment falls under the ambit of this order, as notified in the Schedule, it has to be registered with BIS.

18. Are PABXs are covered by this order?

  • In the table of clause 1.1.1 of IS 13252 (Part 1) : 2010 the PABXs, EPABXs, FAX machines and telephone sets are separately indicated from telephone answering machines and hence not part of the schedule of the order.

19. Are Multimedia Speaker System with USB / SD / EM Playability (with power consumption < 200 watts), Car Audio Amplifier (with power consumption< 2000 watts) and Car Head Unit with USB / SD / FM / AM / Aux Playability (with power consumption < 200 watts) covered under this order?

  • These products are not within the scope of the Order as the ratings are lesser than those for the mandated products in their respective category.

20. Is "Session Border Controller" or "Unified Communication Server" used for data storage part of ADP?

  • By the definition and classification of ADP, these products are covered within the scope of the Order.

21. Are automation modules / switches / sensors used in automation of houses part of this order?

  • These products are not within the scope of the Order.

22. Do wall mounted video display panels (generally of size 55") operating together with the controller unit which drives these video panel fall under the ambit of the order?

  • The wall mounted video display panels (generally of size 55") operate together with the controller unit which drives these video panels. The video display panels are already covered as video display units of size > 32" whereas the controller is covered under ADP.

23. Is Feature Rich Voice over IP is covered under the order?

  • This product is not within the scope of the Order.

24. Are Peripheral devices such as external HDD or Blu-ray drives, Refurbished internal hard disk drive (which forms part of the laptop or personal computer for storage of data) or External hard disk drives (which can be attached to laptops and personal computers for the purposes of taking back up of data) covered by this order?

  • Such devices with facility for independent power supply and having capability as a stand-alone product would be covered.

25. Are BDU (Bill Dispenser Unit) and GBNA / GBRU (Bill recycler / Deposit Unit) for ATMs covered in the definition for printers requiring registration?

  • BDU (Bill Dispenser Unit for ATM) and GBNA / GBRU (Bill recycler / Deposit Unit for ATM) or ATM itself are not covered by the Order.

26. Does Transcoder which distributes content over IP network without the use of compression require registration?

  • Transcoder distributes content over IP network without the use of compression. This digital platform uses the network to distribute Video, Graphic, Audio and computer data in Raw uncompressed format. This is a telecom device and hence out of scope of Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012.

27. Do Electronic Data Projectors, Electronic Cinema Projectors, Electronicmeeting room projectors etc., which are video projection units, requireregistration?

  • Electronic Data Projectors, Electronic Cinema Projectors, Electronic meetingroom projectors etc., are video projection units and all these are data processequipment and hence are covered under scope of Electronics and IT Goods(Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012 as ADP machines.

28. Does Network attach storage (NAS) device connected to a computer network for data require registration?

  • Network attach storage (NAS) device which is connected to a computer network is a data storage device covered under scope of Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012 as ADP machines.

29. Hard Device Media Player (HDMP) is a hard drive enclosure with Hardware and Software for playing audio, video through a home cinema or home theatre PC. This device can be used either as an external hard drive or to play computer based media files without the need for a separate computer. Is this HDMP an ADP machine?

  • This is data process equipment and hence covered under scope of Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012 as ADP machines.

30. Are All-in-one computers / workstations / thin-clients / mini PCs same as a personal computer?

  • These cannot be treated as desktop /or personal computer because they are structurally different from desk top / personal computer and hence covered under scope of Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012 as ADP machines.

31. Are digital duplicators covered under Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012?

  • Digital duplicators work in conjunction with a computer and thus are functionally printers and scanners and hence covered under Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012.

32. AV Receivers, Speakers and Sub-woofers are packed and MRP labeled separately when imported. But, they are sold under one brand name and customer has option for mixing and matching of an AV receiver with any different set of speakers or sub-woofers of choice. Are these covered under Order?

  • These products were being imported as separate items; they may or may not attract the provisions of Order depending upon power rating as specified in schedule 'A' of the Electronics and IT Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012.

33. Are power banks with USB covered under the Order?

  • Power banks with USB charging facility only have to be treated as battery for the purpose of Order.