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BIS compliance deadline extended again

Posted: 03 Oct 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bureau of Indian Standards  Department of Electronics and IT  Compulsory Registration Scheme 

The Government has extended the deadline for electronic manufacturing companies to submit their products for certification by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to January 3, 2014.

"The decision has been made taking into consideration the compliance status on date and the availability of goods in the festive season ahead," said the Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) in its statement.

DeitY has clarified that this extension is available only to manufacturing units that submit their products for testing to BIS recognised labs as per the provision of the Compulsory Registration Scheme.

"Registration letter (of application) issued by BIS shall suffice for the purpose of clearance of such consignments by Customs/ Excise till January 3, 2014. However, the needed markings shall be placed by the manufacturer/ local representatives of the manufacturing units before placing such goods into markets," the DeitY said in a statement on its website.

The initial government deadline for certification was April 3, which was extended to July 3, and once again to October 3.

Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT) welcomed the government's decision to extend the deadline. Anwar Shirpurwala, executive director, MAIT, said, "The industry is elated with the extension of the deadline. With the dawn of festive season, this decision would help companies to maintain required supply of the products in the market and consumers can conveniently opt for products of their choice, further allowing companies to provide exciting festive discounts for its customers."

Under the Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, no manufacturing, import, storage or sale of electronics products can be done without being registered with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

The government order lists products under 15 categories ranging from video games, laptop, notebook, tablet and plasma/LCD/LED televisions, to microwave, printers and scanners, telephone answering machines, electronic music systems, etc.

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