Government of India introduces norms for electrical accessories

Government of India has issued mandatory quality norms for electrical accessories such as switch-socket-outlets and cable trunking to curb the import of sub-standard goods and boost domestic manufacturing. The order was issued through Electrical Accessories (Quality Control) Order, 2023, was issued by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) on 01 January this year. Under this order, items cannot be produced, sold, traded, imported and stocked unless they bear the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) mark.

As per the DPIIT, the order will come into effect within six months of publication of the notification. In addition, nothing in this order shall apply to goods or articles manufactured domestically for export.

With the aim to protect the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector, relaxations have been granted to comply with the order. Small industries have been given an additional nine months, while 12 extra months will be given to micro-enterprises.

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