New Delhi: If you are planning to buy electronic goods like LCD TV, LED TV, laptop, notebook, tablet, video game, microwave, it is advisable to go for the purchase as early as possible. In all probability, the prices of electronic goods will increase next month. The hike will take place on account of lesser supply of electronic goods in the market. No electronic goods companies will be able to sell its products from July 3 without getting Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certificate.

With imports of electronic goods witnessing sudden growth, the government had ordered making BIS certification mandatory for all kinds of products. There are almost 1,400 products which fall under this category. The government had to implement this rule by April 3, 2013 but neither the industry nor the BIS was ready by then. Hence, the due date for implementation was extended to July 3, 2013. However, there are doubts if it will be implemented in the next two weeks. If the date of notification is not extended, then there will be a shortage of electronic goods in the market from next month.

Under the compulsory registration order 2012, BIS certification for 15 kinds of products was made compulsory last October. The companies failing to get registration will not be able to sell products in the domestic market. The quality, safety and health hazards posed by the electronic goods will be checked during the BIS registration.

JV Ramamurthy, president of electronic hardware body MAIT (Manufacturers Association of IT), says that there is little time left for the implementation of BIS certification. Till now, BIS certificates have been given to only two products. There will be huge demand-supply gap. It will not only affect the consumer but also make consumer durables business come to a halt.

Products requiring BIS certification

-    Video games
-    Laptop, Notebook, Tablet
-    Plasma, LCD and LED TV (More than 32 inch)
-    Built-in amplifier fitted Optical Disk Player with capacity of more than 200 watt
-    Microwave Oven
-    Video Monitor (More than 32 inch)
-    Printer
-    Scanner
-    Wireless keyboard
-    Telephone answering machine
-    Amplifiers with input capacity of more than 200 watt
-    Electronic music system with capacity of more than 200 watt
-    Electronic clock
-    Set-top box
-    Automatic data processing machines


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