4th Technical Management Meeting on Standardization & Conformity Assessment

VDMA India

Indian Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises (MoHI&PE) published the new technical regulation for low voltage switchgear and controlgear. The technical regulation will come into effect one year after the notification, i.e. in November 2021.

The 4th Technical Management Meeting on Standardization & Conformity Assessment was held as a virtual meeting on 23rd June 2021, attended 55 members. Mr. Rajesh Nath, Managing Director, VDMA India, welcomed the participants. He explained the aim of the meeting which is to form a network among VDMA members and to better understand the market development.

Mr. A R Unnikrishnan, Head - Central Marks Department (CMD III), Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) made an opening remarks and then Mrs. Aurosmita Kabiraj, Scientist C- Central Marks Department (CMD III), Bureau of India Standards (BIS) made a presentation on Role of BIS in Conformity Assessment of Low Voltage Switchgear and Controlgear. 
 
Mr. Hermann Wegner, (VDMA Frankfurt,  gave an overview about the Technical Regulations, Standards and Conformity Assessment in Germany and Europe. Mr. Ajmal Fawad, Regional Manager North, VDMA India informed the members about the current and upcoming activities of VDMA in India through a presentation.

In order to achieve more clarity and inform our members on the conformity procedure and certification/ licencing process to comply with these standards, the open discussion was conducted post the presentation. The open discussion helped to bring more clarity amongst the members, about the different steps involved in licensing, certification & standard marking of machines and components by BIS Certification department. The BIS officials answered the member queries and clarified their doubts relating to the Conformity Assessment of Low Voltage Switchgear and Controlgear.

The officials said that it is mandatory to get the products tested from the BIS authorized labs to avail the conformity certification. Manufacturers can apply for the same online through the BIS portal. There are 4 labs available currently in India, involved in the necessary testing.