Compliance & Product Regulatory ApproVals

BIS November 2022

Extension of six months to Electrical Equipment (QCO) Order, 2020

On 11th November 2020, Ministry of Heavy Industries had released the Electrical Equipment Quality Control Order (QCO), 2020 for eight Low Switch gear components and same have been notified in the regime of Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) of BIS. Ministry had extended the date of implementation by six months i.e., 10th May 2023.

The recent extension has been given considering the non-availability of test infrastructure and no release of series guidelines yet.

Please click here for the official notification to check the complete notification

Modified FAQs released by MEITY

MeitY had previously released separate FAQ(s) for phase 1,2,3,4 & 5. This time MeitY has consolidated the questions and issued a single modified FAQ with necessary changed and additional questions. Following are the highlights of modified FAQ. For a detailed review, please click here

Since the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016 does not define “year”, the definition of
“year” given in section 3(66) of the General Clauses Act, 1897 applies, which defines “year” to mean a
year reckoned according to the British calendar. Therefore, for the purpose of HSE exemption, “year”
shall be reckoned as calendar year.

The product categories notified under CRO needs to be registered irrespective of their HSN Code.

Few important FAQ changes as below

Old Answer:

The plugs/sockets may be precertified to international standards. However, 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. However, ISI marking on plugs and sockets is not mandatory

Updated Answer:

As plugs and sockets have been notified by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal
Trade (DPIIT) under the scheme I of the Bureau of Indian Standards (Conformity Assessment) Regulation, 2018 vide Gazette Notification No. S.O. 2166 (E) dated 07.06.2021.
Accordingly, all the plugs and sockets shall comply to IS 1293, as amended from time to time.

Old Answer:

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) These products are not within the scope of the Order

Updated Answer:

These products are covered under the scope of the Order.

Old Answer:

For the FGP LED Luminaires
Photometric test shall stand exempted for
the purpose of CRS as the scope of existing
Indian Standard IS 13383 (Part 1) does not
cover such products.

Updated Answer:

Photometric test shall be
applied as defined in the scope of
the applicable standard(s).

Old Answer:

Car amplifiers without speakers are
not covered under the Order however, car
amplifiers which has inbuilt speaker system
and can play music independently are
covered under the Order.

Updated Answer:

Car amplifiers<2000W without
speakers are not covered under the
Order however, car amplifiers which
has inbuilt speaker system and can
play music independently are
covered under the Order

Old Answer:

Pre-registered drivers to be used

Updated Answer:

In the products, where driver is

not encapsulated and forming an
inseparable part of the host product
and the host product is not covered
under the CRO, driver need not to be

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Praveen Rao

CEO & Technical Director, C-PRAV Group: Australia, New Zealand, India & Canada 

C-PRAV Labs & Certifications 

Professional engineering experience of 30+ years with technical and managerial skills obtained from professional degree, courses, and hands-on experience, while working with organizations and companies involved in Design & Development, Testing, Inspection, Certification and Compliance (TICC). 

Management of electrical/electronic products & systems Testing and Certifications for Global markets in Consumer, Industrial, IT, Telecom, Defence, Medical, and Automotive Industries. Overall advisory for Standards, Regulations, Testing and Certifications for Global Market Access (GMA). 

  • ISO/IEC 17025 Lab Quality Management 
  • NATA Authorised Signatory (1995 to 2000) for EMC Testing 
  • NATA & IANZ Authorised Technical Assessor (current)
  • EMI/EMC, RF/Wireless, EMR-RF Exposure/SAR 
  • NATA Technical Assessors Advisory Committee (current) 
  • Current Chair of Australian EMC National Standards Committee 
  • Member of Australian National standards committees for Safety, Radio, RF Exp/SAR 
  • Represent Australia in International Standards committees like IEC, CISPR, IEEE 
  • Member of Telecommunications Certification Body Council, USA and European REDCA