Ahmedabad: With a view to strengthen the quality assessment infrastructure nationwide, an institutional mechanism will be put in place by April this year to develop and mandate standards, certification for electronic products and services, a government official said here on Saturday.
"By April 2013, an institutional mechanism to develop and mandate standards and certification for electronic products and services for strengthening quality assessment infrastructure nationwide will be in place," Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Communication and Information Technology Ajay Kumar told PTI.
"In the first phase, 15 electronic products will be tested and certified by laboratories accredited by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)," Kumar said, without divulging details about the products.
In the National Electronics Policy cleared by the Union Cabinet in October 2012, the Central government had announced steps to curb inflow of sub-standard and unsafe electronic products by mandating technical and safety standards which conform to international standards.
Kumar said the process for setting up laboratories for testing and standardising electronic products and services is currently on and will be over by this April.
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) will affix a sticker on the products tested and services certified by laboratories before it is released in the market.
Importers and manufacturers must conform to these standards of testing, he said adding that testing is a self-certification process to eliminate unbranded, counterfeit products from the market.
Kumar was delivering a special address on the 'National Electronics Policy 2012 and Electronic System Design and Manufacturing: Exploring Opportunities in the Sector' here at a seminar organised ahead of the 6th Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit.
State Industries Minister Saurabh Patel and state Additional Chief Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, Ravi Saxena, highlighted the need to create a robust ecosystem for electronics production in the state, which, at present, is very low.