With the Indian economy rapidly opening up to FDI across industries, combined with government initiatives such as “Make in India”, and the burgeoning Indian consumerism, brands and manufacturers now have easier access to the Indian markets. Component and product manufacturers from around the globe have been eyeing the Indian markets since the early 90s when winds of liberalization began sweeping across the Indian economy. That interest has only gained momentum in the current global economic scenario, where the scale of opportunity is an important consideration in market success. India is a destination for new market access, and holds its ground firmly in offering economies of scale to nearly every market, be it for finished products or for component manufacturing in supply chains.
A key aspect of successfully accessing new markets in foreign countries involves complying with regulatory standards of that country. India is no exception to this requirement. With an increasing focus on safety and quality for products and components sold in India, the Indian government is stepping up its vigilance and gate-keeping efforts to ensure both global and local manufacturers are bringing in the right quality and safer products to the country. It performs this role by defining quality and safety standards for components and products, and assigning responsibilities to qualified third parties and neutral certification bodies, ensuring such standards are met by manufacturers wishing to enter the Indian markets.
TÜV Rheinland Market Access Services is like the required visa for product and component manufacturers to enter the Indian markets. This enables them to develop new markets for their products. With a global team of experts specialized in regulatory requirements and certification mandated by the government of India, TÜV Rheinland helps open doors for global players to access the Indian markets, through optimized time-to-market across industries and market segments. Due to its status as a recognized test lab, TÜV Rheinland is authorized to carry-out various products and components testing under the Indian Certification Schemes. This makes TÜV Rheinland the preferred partner of choice for manufacturers who are looking for a one-stop and localized go-to-market solution for their products.
As an authorized testing lab for the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), TÜV Rheinland India can now test LED Lamps as a new product category in BEE’s list of products for mandatory certification
The mission of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) 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 and with the primary objective of reducing energy intensity of the Indian economy.
For manufacturers to acquire a BEE label for their products, they need to apply to BEE with the required test reports. In order to issue test reports, a testing lab should be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), and should offer the scope of testing products listed by BEE. Recently, LED lamps were included in the list of mandatory products for testing, with an implementation period of six months. TÜV Rheinland India, an NABL accredited lab, in addition to the scope of testing the five mandatory products, can now test on LED lamps for BEE labelling.
Recognition of TÜV Rheinland India laboratories in Gurugram and Bangalore by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), under Compulsory Registration Scheme
TÜV Rheinland India’s Gurugram and Bangalore product testing labs are recognized by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) under the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS). Both TÜV Rheinland labs in Gurugram and Bangalore are recognized by BIS for the testing of electronics and IT products, with the Bangalore lab receiving an additional BIS recognition to conduct testing of solar photovoltaic modules.
BIS, a national standards body of India, was established for the harmonious development of standardization activities, marking and quality certification of goods. BIS has been providing traceable and tangible benefits to the national economy by ensuring safe, reliable and quality goods to enter the Indian markets. Through standardization, testing and certification, health hazards are further minimized.
BIS recognized labs, such as those of TÜV Rheinland India, enable manufacturers of PV modules, inverters and batteries to register their products with BIS after getting their product tested at these labs. State-of-the-art testing equipment are used in TÜV Rheinland laboratories to test products accurately, and in accordance with the BIS CRS. According to IS 14286, PV Modules are tested for design qualification, while safety requirements in terms of construction and testing, are under IS/IEC 61730-1&2. IT, Audio-Video, Battery, Home Appliance & UPS products are tested for safety evaluations based on the criteria for electrical, mechanical and fire safety requirements, while luminaries are tested for safety and performance with the Type-C Photo Goniometers in the labs.
The Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC), Government of India, has recognized TÜV Rheinland India’s product testing labs in Bangalore & Gurugram
The TÜV Rheinland laboratories will conduct testing of telecom equipment under the Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment (MTCTE) certification program. Under the MTCTE program, testing is carried out to demonstrate conformance for various requirements such as Safety, EMI/EMC, Wireless, etc. laid out under the “Essential Requirement” guidelines developed by TEC for each Product Categories regulated under the MTCTE certification program.
The Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Rules, 2017 mandates that every telecom equipment imported or manufactured in India must undergo testing and certification prior to sale. The detailed procedure for complying with MTCTE under these rules have been notified separately. Testing for conformance to the Essential Requirements for telecom equipment will be conducted by Indian accredited laboratories under ISO/IEC 17025, and further designated by TEC. TEC shall then issue product certificates based on the test reports from these accredited laboratories.
MTCTE is a significant development by TEC to regulate telecom equipment in India, and the Essential Requirements for telecom products are based on EMI/EMC testing, safety, technical and other requirements, as prescribed by TEC. With TEC’s recognition of TÜV Rheinland labs at Bangalore & Gurugram, it further strengthens the offering that TÜV Rheinland’s consolidated market access service has to telecom equipment manufacturers. The state-of-the-art laboratory in Bangalore with a 10m Semi-Anechoic Chamber for EMI/EMC and dedicated Wireless Testing facilities, has contributed to India’s development of modern and efficient telecom networks, with use of standard, compliant devices and their interoperability, as per MTCTE.
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