In 2012 India-CRSCompulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) was introduced by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) along with Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The scheme then covered 15 electronic and consumer products and added another 15 products in 2014. Under this scheme it is mandatory for manufacturers to get their products registered before launching them in market.

The products are tested for safety as per the applicable IS standard. Overseas Manufacturers are required to have a local representative in India who will represent the manufacturer locally and will be responsible for placing the product in the market.

To make this program robust, Market Surveillance has been designed to ensure compliance. DeitY’s authorised representatives will pick the product from the market and send it to designated lab for testing and verification. CB scheme is not applicable for this program.

This program is for the manufacturer and unique registration is granted for each manufacturing location.  Registration is granted based on the following criteria:

  • Manufacturer (Each Location)
  • Brand Name
  • Product type

Key Details about the scheme:

Regulator/CO: Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

Marking Requirements: Standard mark for CRS or a statement “Self-Declaration – Conforming to IS….. (Relevant Indian Standard) R-xxxxxxxx (Registration ID)” to be marked on the products and packaging after BIS registration is granted.

Registration Validity: Registration is valid for two years and can be renewed if there is no change in the product and the standard.

Test Report: Issued by BIS Recognized Testing Laboratory in India (Foreign labs are not recognised for this program) and as per the series guidelines issued by DeitY, a report can cover maximum of ten (10) models in a series. For Sealed Secondary cell/batteries twenty (20) models and for Fixed LED Luminaires fifty (50) models can be covered in a series.

Product categories covered under this scheme:

Phase I (Already in force): Laptop/Notebook/tablet, Plasma/LED/LCD TV (min 32”), Microwave oven, Printers/plotters, Scanners, Set Top Box, Visual Display Units / Video Monitors (min. 32”), Electronic Games, Optical disk players, Wireless Keyboards, Telephone answering machine, Electronic musical system (min 200W), Mains Powered electronic clocks, Amplifiers (min 2000W) and Automatic data processing machines.

Phase II – (Already in force): Power adapter for IT, Power adapter for AV, Self-ballasted LED lamps, LED Control gear, Mobile Phones, POS, Cash register, Copying machine, Smart Card readers, Mail processing machines, Passport readers, Power banks, UPS/Inverter (max. 5kVA) and Fixed LED Luminaires (general purpose).

Phase II – (Mandatory from 1st June 2016): Sealed secondary cell/batteries for portable devices.

Standards referred in this scheme and their equivalent IEC standard:

Sl. No. IS Standard Standard Name Equivalent IEC Standard
1 IS 13252:2010 Information Technology Equipment Safety:
General Requirements
IEC60950-1:2005
2 IS 616:2010 Audio, Video and Similar Electronic Apparatus Safety Requirements IEC 60065:2005
3 IS 302-2-25:1994 Safety of Household & Similar Microwave Ovens Electrical Appliances: Part2; Particular Requirements: Section 25 IEC-60335-25:2010
4 IS 16046:2012 Secondary Cells and Batteries containing Alkaline or other non-acid Electrolytes – Safety Requirements for Portable sealed secondary cells, and for Batteries made from them, for use in portable applications IEC 62133:2002
5 IS 15885 (Part2/ Sec 13):2012 Safety of Lamp Control gear, Part 2: Particular Requirements. Section 13: d.c.Supplied Electronic Control gear for LED Modules IEC 61347-2-13,
Ed 1 2006-05
6 IS 16102 (Part 1) : 2012 Self-Ballasted LED Lamps for General Lighting Services, Part 1: Safety Requirements IEC 62560:2011
7 IS 10322 (Part 5/ Sec 1): 2012 Luminaires, Part 5: Particular Requirements.
Sec 1: Fixed General purpose luminaires
IEC 60598-2-1:
1979 + A1 (1987)
8 IS 16242 (Part 1): 2014 General and Safety Requirements for UPS IEC 62040-1:2008

Important Links to CRS scheme:

  1.  http://deity.gov.in/esdm/standards
  2. http://www.bis.org.in/middle1.asp?q=184

Since the program mandates in-country testing, several local and international labs are recognized by BIS for testing different products covered under this program.  UL has two dedicated test facilities in India at Bangalore and Manesar, which are accredited by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). They offer testing for almost all the products covered under compulsory registration scheme as per the BIS Act. In addition, UL’s global teams can help manufacturers achieve compliance by assisting in the following:

  1. Identify applicable testing requirements for specific product or technology feature to comply with current regulations for Mandatory Registration Scheme.
  2. Handle entire testing process as required in CRS.
  3. Formulate series for different products as per series guidelines.
  4. Provide periodical updates on the CRS to the customers.