Samsung printers get first BIS safety seal

Written by Kirtika Suneja | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 19 2013, 16:29pm hrs
More than three months after the government made it mandatory for electronics manufacturers to comply with safety norms set by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the agency has given the first registration to Samsung for its printers.

The nine BIS-certified testing labs in the country, which have a capacity of testing almost 500 products per month, have received just 621 samples in the last three months. They have released 309 reports so far.

As per the procedure, all critical components of the products have to be declared by the manufacturing unit and a report of each component has to be submitted to a lab after which the lab will issue a test report.

The agreement for grant of registration to the foreign manufacturer is submitted, which is then signed by the Indian/authorised representative of the branch and the liaison office.

Most labs take six weeks to test a product and test reports are coming in and 19 applications are set to be registered, a senior BIS official told FE.

While the department of electronics and information technology (DeitY) says that multinational electronics manufacturers have not registered to get their products tested, citing the absence of authorised signatories in the country.

The industry says it is not clear on the time required by BIS to issue the registration number and hence it is unable to plan its product schedule.

Manufacturers also say that BIS has been constantly updating the parameters, standards and format of the test report, which is delaying the compliance process.

It is important to note that once the registration number has been issued, it needs to be given to the parent company for affixing labels on the boxes which will also require additional packaging time. As per the government guidelines, only boxes that have the required registration numbers will be cleared by the customs.

Considering the labeling and shipping time of 4-5 weeks for imports and non-issuance of registration numbers till date, it is certain that the entire industry would not be able to comply to the July deadline, the Manufacturers Association for Information Technology said in a statement.

The Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012, includes products such as videogames, laptops, tablets, LCD televisions, microwave ovens and printers, among others.

The department had earlier extended the date of implementation of the compulsory registration for electronic goods under the aforesaid order for three months beyond April 3.

Besides, units which do not comply by July 3 can seek further extension for three months till October 3, by paying a fee.

These gadgets are tested on safety parameters like hazards pertaining to shocks, temperature, fire, mechanical, stability and explosion.

Most of these tests are non-destructive in nature and most of the 309 products comply with the prescribed standards, but there are small alterations, like changing the plugs as per Indian requirements, that need to be done, added a DeitY official.