|ICT Regulatory and Standards Information - India |
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Translations of laws and regulations are unofficial.
Following are Commercial Service India's response to the questions raised in inquiry by OTEC:
A. Does the Indian impose any technical regulatory
requirements on ICT products ? If so, what the requirements ? Are they
based on standards ? and what government agency or agencies monitor and
enforce the regulations ?
Ans: There are no technical regulatory requirements for ICT products in
India. However, Telecommunication products procured by the Department of
Telecommunication for public network requires approval from Telecom
Engineering Center (TEC) under the Department of Telecommunication. The
TEC approvals are based on the Departmental standards developed by them on
the basis of International standards like IEC, ISO, ITU etc;
B. Does India develop its own standards for ICT or does ICT adopt
other countries' standards ? If India develops its own standards,
can foreign companies participate in the standard development or selection
process ? Do they have voting status ? What are the government agencies
or NGO's involved in developing standards for ICT equipment ? How
transparent is this process ?
Ans: The government agency dealing with National standards is Bureau of
Indian Standards (BIS). The standards are developed through technical
committees and working groups set up by the BIS. Members /
representatives of Indian Industries Associations can be members of the
Technical Committee / Working Groups.
C. What are the government agencies or non-government organizations
involved in developing or selecting standards for ICT equipment ?
Ans: Same as B above.
D. Does the government regulate information technology for
electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), Electromagnetic Immunity (EMI), or
for safety ? If so, what types of ICT products are subject to EMC
regulation ? and which government agency regulates products for EMC ? What
types of ICT products are subject to safety regulations ? which government
agency regulates products for safety ? Are the EMC, EMI and/or safety
regulations mandatory or voluntary ? Are these regulations based on
international or national standards ?
Ans: Presently, there are no mandatory EMC / EMI and Safety regulations
in India. However, voluntary certification schemes for both safety and EMC
based on IEC standards are operated.
E. Are there websites where these regulations can be found ? If so,
please provide website address and contact information .
Ans: Since, there are no regulations, no such website exist.
F. Does the government require an in-country agent to demonstrate
conformity of products with regulatory requirements in order to sell the
product in the market ? Will the government accept suppliers' declaration
of conformity certification by a third party, and/or certification by a
government agency only ?
Ans: Mutual acceptance of certification are covered by Mutual
Recognition Agreements. India also has a National Accreditation system
operated by Quality Council of India and National Accreditation Board for
G. Whose accreditation will the government accept (E.g. importing
country's only or is the exporting country's allowed) ? Is accreditation
of test laboratories required ?
Ans: Same as F.
H. Does the government accept test data performed in another country ?
What are the testing criteria ?
Ans: Same as F
I. What are the conformity assessment procedures and requirements ? (will
the government accept a suppliers' declaration or conformity,
certification by a third party and/or certification by the government only
Ans: Same as F
J. Where can U.S. companies obtain English translations of certification
regulations ? and is there a dispute settlement process for equipment
Ans: not applicable
K. Is equipment for voice over internet protocol (VoIP) subject to the
same approval requirements as conventional, circuit-switched equipment ?
Ans: Same as A above
L. What are the time constraints and approximate costs for equipment
Ans: Not applicable
In case of any specific queries on standards and specification for ICT
products, following agencies could be contacted:
i) Director General
Department of Information Technology
6, CGO Complex, Lodi Road
New Delhi 110003
ii) Director General
Bureau of Indian Standards
9, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
New Delhi 110002
Tel: 91-11-23230131, 23233375, 23239402
Fax: 91-11-23234062, 23239399, 23239382
iii) Sr. Dy. Director General
Telecom Engineering center
Kidwai Bhavan (East)
New Delhi 110001
Tel: 91-11-23320362 / 23320428
Fax. No. 91-11-23320534