All IT and Telecom equipment sold or imported in India needs to comply with respective Safety, Security and Telecom regulations. Various sections of these regulations could be applicable depending on the product type and its technical specifications. Whitewater helps you navigate and comply these regulations through our partnership with accredited testing laboratories. Whitewater becomes your single point of contact for all the compliance needs for following regulations.
TEC Essential Requirements and MATCOF
Under ‘Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecommunications Equipment (MT&CTE) scheme’, certification has been made mandatory from 1st January 2019 for Telephone instruments, modems, audio conferencing equipment, radio and transmission equipments including microwave, Wifi access points and controllers, DWDM equipment and multiplexing equipment.
ALL other telecom equipment is subjected to TEC certification form 1st April 2019. see LATEST TEC MTCTE NOTIFICATION for more information. Equipment certification is required prior to sale, import or use.
However equipment for R&D, demo, sample for testing, or for personal use is exempted under this scheme, of course such equipment needs to be in limited numbers. Under this scheme, equipment needs to be registered on TEC portal and tested through a TEC accredited laboratory in India for applicable “Essential requirement” specs. Post successful completion of tests, and its filing on TEC portal, a certificate shall be issued for specific model which is valid for five years. Countries which have MRA (Mutual Recognition Arrangement) with India are exempted for testing by Indian labs and test results from MRA partner countries accredited lab shall be accepted. In case a “Chasis Based Family” equipment is tested and certified for ‘maximum configuration’, models numbers of up to 10 models having Bill of Material subsets of certified BoM shall be called ‘associated models’ and shall be included in the certificate issued. Responsibility of getting equipment tested and certified shall be with manufacturer or importer. It should be noted that MT&CTE scheme is applicable for finished ‘products’ and not for components or spares or SKD/CKD units. Presently, IoT sensors and inter-sectoral devices using proprietary communication protocols are excluded from this scheme, provided these interface with Indian Telecom networks through “Gateway” (which is covered under MT&CTE scheme).
Whitewater helps manufacturers in getting their products registered with TEC till Labs are ready with testing infrastructure. TEC shall certify equipment on the basis of test reports form any ISO 17025 accredited test laboratory till 1st April 2019. Whitewater will help you in getting your test reports reviewed by experts, identify any gap and help you mitigate those gaps for error free TEC certification filing. We will handle the certification project end-to-end for you. We have tie ups with leading accredited laboratories in India for execution of ER tests from 1st April 2019. We offer either a shipment based or a retainer based advisory services, and end to end project management to get your products approved. Our team of technical experts shall identify applicable ERs as per product types, and coordinate with laboratories on execution of technical testing and filing of results with TEC. We validate every minute aspect and minimize the risk involved in product compliance with our knowledge and expertise to help navigate around growing complexities of Today’s integrated telecom solutions.
Mandatory Safety Testing and Registration - BIS
What is BIS registration
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the National Standards Body has been successfully promoting and nurturing standards movement within the country since 1947. BIS Act 1986 provides for the establishment of a Bureau for the harmonious development of the activities of standardization, marking and quality certification. The BIS ACT 2016 replaces the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986. The Act establishes a Bureau for the purpose of standardization, marking and certification of articles and processes. The Bill seeks to broaden its ambit, and allow the central government to make it mandatory for certain notified goods, articles, processes, etc, to carry the standard mark.
Under “CRO Order 2012″from MeitY BIS is issuing the Registration of Electronics & IT Products after they are tested in the BIS approved and NABL Accredited labs in India. There is a category of 30 products listed by MeitY and which must be BIS approved before they can be manufactured in India or imported from outside India.
Central Marks Department III is the concerned group at BIS Head Quarters in New Delhi who is granting Registration under Compulsory Registration Scheme.
About the MeitY
Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) has notified “Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012” on 3 Oct 2012 for fifteen categories of electronics products. There were more categories of fifteen products, which were added by MeitY under this order in Nov 2014. Deliberations are on for coverage of another set of sixteen products under Compulsory Registration Order – Phase III
MeitY conducts the Market Surveillance of products under CRS where the manufacturer has to submit the product sample(s) to the designated labs/agency for independent testing and the results of the same are shared after some time.
The technical advisory committee is the body consisting of experts from MeitY, STQC & BIS. The TAC (Technical Advisory Committee) is responsible for releasing Frequently asked questions for the CRS scheme based on the questions received from the industry.
What is Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS)?
Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) has notified “Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012” on 3 Oct 2012 for fifteen categories of electronics items. Another fifteen product categories were added by DeitY under this order on 13 Nov 2014.
As per the Order, no person shall manufacture or store for sale, import, sell or distribute goods which do not conform to the Indian standard specified in the order. Manufacturers of these products are required to apply for registration from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) after getting their product tested from BIS recognized labs.
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) then registers the manufacturers under its registration scheme who are permitted to declare that their articles conform to the Indian Standard (s).
The registered manufacturers are then allowed to put the Standard Mark notified by the Bureau along with the Registration number.
Compulsory Registration Scheme is operated under Chapter IVA of BIS Rules 1987. Whitewater has been doing safety testing and BIS registration advisory since 2012.
Wireless Planning and Coordination - WPC
The Wireless Planning & Coordination (WPC) Wing of the Ministry of Communication & Information Technology, created in 1952, is the national radio regulatory nodal agency of the Government of India and is responsible for planning, regulating, and managing the limited resources of Radio Frequency (RF) spectrum and associated satellite orbits, including geo-stationary satellite orbit as well as licensing of wireless stations in the country under the Indian Telegraph Act 1885 (ITA 1885) and the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act 1933 (IWTA 1933), as statutory requirement. It caters the needs of all wireless users in the country, government or private, security or non-security. WPC is also the national agency for all matters related to Radio communication sector of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) and is responsible for treaty obligations on behalf of the Government. Headquartered in the Ministry, WPC Wing has presently been organised into the following nine Bureaus :
2. Standing Advisory Committee on Frequency Allocation (SACFA)
3. Upto 806 MHz Frequency
4. Above 806 MHz Frequency
5. International/national Coordination and Conference work & Project Implementation
6. ASMS & IT (for WPC)
7. COP Examination & Amateur Licensing, Regulation and Administration
8. GSM & 3G
9. BWA & CDMA
The following services are available.
- ETA (Equipment Type Approval)
- Import License
- DPL (Dealer Possession License)
- Experimental License
- Demo License or Demonstration License
- Maritime Mobile Station License
- Aeronautical Mobile Station License
Besides above groups in WPC Wing headquarter, WPC has five Regional Licensing Offices working at Delhi(RLO-North), Mumbai(RLO-West), Chennai(RLO-South), Kolkata(RLO-East) & Guwahati (RLO-North East).
Our Radio division team at Whitewater has experienced Industry veterans to assist you on all matters related to WPC clearances.
Energy Efficiency Testing and Labelling - Star Rating
About the BEE
The Government of India set up Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) on 1st March 2002 under the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. The mission of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency is to assist in developing policies and strategies with a thrust on self-regulation and market principles, within the overall framework of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001 with the primary objective of reducing energy intensity of the Indian economy. This will be achieved with active participation of all stakeholders, resulting in accelerated and sustained adoption of energy efficiency in all sectors.
Products under mandatory scheme
- Schedule 1 – Frost Free (No-Frost) Refrigerator
- Schedule 2 – Tubular Fluorescent Lamps
- Schedule 3 – Room Air Conditioners
- Schedule 3(A) – RAC (Cassette, Floor Standing Tower, Ceiling, Corner AC)
- Schedule 4 – Distribution Transformer
- Schedule 5 – Direct Cool Refrigerator
- Schedule 10 – Electric Geysers
- Schedule 11 – Color TV
Products under voluntary scheme
- Schedule 6 – Induction Motors
- Schedule 7 – Agricultural Pump Sets
- Schedule 8 – Ceiling Fans
- Schedule 9 -Domestic Liquefied Petroleum Gas(LPG) Stoves
- Schedule 12 – Washing Machine
- Schedule 14 – Computer (Notebook /Laptops)
- Schedule 15 – Ballast (Electronic/Magnetic)
- Schedule 16 – Office equipment’s (Printer, Copier, Scanner, MFD’s).
- Schedule 13-Diesel Engine Driven Monoset Pumps for Agricultural Purposes
- Schedule 17 Solid State Inverter
- Schedule 18 Diesel Generator
- Schedule 19 VARIABLE CAPACITY AIR CONDITIONERS
- Schedule 20 LED LAMPS
RoHS & E-Waste Consulting and Management
These rules are applicable to every producer, consumer or bulk consumer, collection centre, dismantler and recycler of e-waste involved in the manufacture, sale, purchase and processing of electrical and electronic equipment or components.
The E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016 mandate CPCB to prepare guidelines on implementation of E-Waste Rules, which includes specific guidelines for extended producer responsibility, channelization, collection centres, storage, transportation, environmentally sound dismantling and recycling, refurbishment, and random sampling of EEE for testing of RoHS parameters.
Whitewater provides RoHS certifications services, which is also closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) 2002/96/EC, which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods and is part of a legislative initiative to solve the increasing problem of huge amounts of toxic e-waste.