Electronic Goods Should Have BIS Approval

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Though some manufacturers assert to be abiding to global standards at present, there was a dearth of India-specific guidelines.

Manufacturers and traders involved in sale of electronic goods will now have to get their wares certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

The Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirement of Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012, has 15 consumer electronic commodities under its scope, such as computer games, laptops and CD players with effect from 3 July this year.

Under this order, manufacturers selling electronic goods need to get their products certified at BIS-approved labs and acquire a registration number from the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), the department’s Director, informed Anil Chawla while addressing manufacturers and traders of electronic items in the city. He was attending an awareness programme organised by Federation of AP Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Fapcci), recently.

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The order has been brought forward to control the sale of substandard electronic goods,” DeitY additional director Asha Nangia said.

The consumption of electronic goods in the country will increase from $45 billion in 2008-09 to $400 billion by 2020. In fact, the money spent on the import of such goods will surpass that on importing crude oil and the order is certainly the key step to ensure the quality of goods, told Nangia.

Though some manufacturers assert to be abiding global standards at present, there was a dearth of India-specific guidelines, she informed.

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