The Bureau of Indian Standards (hereinafter referred to as BIS) is a statutory body established under the Bureau of Indian standards Act, 2016 (hereinafter referred to as the Act). One of the main functions of BIS is to prescribe standards for covering goods and systems under the BIS regime.
Recently, BIS has brought ‘Safety of Toys’ under compulsory certification with effect from September 01, 2020 as per Toys (Quality Control) Order, 2020 issued by DPIIT, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Classification of Toys for BIS certification
As per the said order for the purpose of BIS certification, toys have been classified into following two types:
|S No.||Type||Applicable primary standards|
|1.||Non Electric Toys (these are ordinary toys such as rattles, dolls, puzzles, etc. which do not have any function dependent on electricity)||S 9873 (Part 1):2019|
|2.||Electric Toys (these are toys which have at least one function dependent on electricity)||IS 15644:2006|
The license to the manufacturers would be granted by BIS under the BIS Standard Mark as per Scheme I of Schedule II of the BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018. Further, both International and domestic manufacturers can now apply for obtaining the certification online.
If licence is required for more than one type of toy, separate applications shall be made for each type. (However, samples shall be tested by BIS for conformity to the primary standard and the secondary standards which are applicable i.e. IS 9873 parts 2,3,4,7, and 9 etc.)
The above notification has ended a long haul wait for the toy manufacturers and is a great initiative to ensure safety of toys available in the market are of the prescribed quality and standard.