Alerts & Updates 26th Sep 2023

BIS Update – Notification of various QCOs at the WTO by India (Electrical Appliances and Cement Products)


Sanjay Notani Partner | Mumbai
Naghm Ghei Principal Associate | Delhi NCR
Mitul Kaushal Consultant | Delhi NCR

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  • Dear Reader,

    We are writing to you with an important update regarding mandatory registration requirements applicable to imports of various Electrical Appliances and Cement products into India.

    Background The Government of India has on September 21, 2023, notified draft Quality Control Orders (QCOs) for various Electrical Appliances and Cement products at the WTO. Producers of these products will likely have to obtain BIS certification in the future once these orders are notified in the Indian gazette.
    Products concerned The following QCOs have been notified at the WTO:

    Product Link to draft QCO
    Electrical Appliances for Kitchen (Quality Control) Order, 2023 Link
    Electrical Appliances for Skin or Hair Care (Quality Control) Order, 2023 Link
    Electrical Appliances for domestic clothes washing (Quality Control) Order, 2023 Link
    Asbestos/Fibre Cement based Products (Quality Control) Order, 2023 Link
    Electrical Appliances for commercial dispensing and vending (Quality Control) Order, 2023 Link
    Electrical Appliances Fans (Quality Control) Order, 2023 Link
    Electrical Appliances for domestic water heating (Quality Control) Order, 2023 Link

    The last date to provide comments for all product categories is November 20, 2023.

    For an updated list of all products under mandatory BIS certification, please click here.

    Next Steps WTO Members are invited to make comments, if any, within 60 days of issuance of the notification. Concerned manufacturers of the aforementioned products may, therefore, raise their concerns at the WTO level through their respective governments or with the abovementioned authorities within the designated time frame. Please note that the provision for making comments applies only to those Orders that are at the stage of proposal at the WTO and not for Orders that are already notified in the Gazette.

    For any queries or comments on this update, please feel free to contact us at

Disclaimer: The information contained in this document is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal opinion or advice. This document is not intended to address the circumstances of any individual or corporate body. Readers should not act on the information provided herein without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the facts and circumstances of a situation. There can be no assurance that the judicial/quasi-judicial authorities may not take a position contrary to the views mentioned herein.