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Get Ready for Revision of Plugs and Socket Outlets Performance on Indian Market


The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) issued a new revision of the IS 1293 standard. The IS 1293:2019 “Plugs and Socket Outlets for Household and Similar Purposes of Rated Voltage up to and Including 250 V and Rated Current up to and Including 16 A — Specification” will revise the previous version IS 1293:2005.

This new standard should be used for plugs and fixed or portable socket outlets that meet the following conditions:

  1. AC only

  2. rated voltage not exceeding 250 V

  3. rated current not exceeding 16 A

  4. intended for household and similar purposes, either indoors or outdoors

It can be applied to such plugs and socket outlets that are:

  • singular units

  • incorporated in cord sets

  • incorporated in cord extension sets

  • component of the device

This standard does not apply to plugs and fixed or portable socket outlets:

  • for industrial purposes

  • that are appliance couplers

  • for extra low voltage (ELV)

  • for fixed socket outlets combined with fuses, automatic switches, etc.

It was planned that the new revision would come into force from July 25,2020. However, COVID-19 pandemic situation led the BIS to postpone the implementation date.

Thus, IS 1293: 2019 will become effective from October 23, 2020. It means that starting from this date it will not be possible to register the product under the IS 1293:2005 requirements.

The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team. GMA Consult Group provides a full cycle of international type approval and global market access services for IT, Telecom and industrial electrical products in all countries throughout the world. With proven expertise in worldwide regulations, compliance, certification, and conformity assessment, GMA Consult Group can help your company speed up the access to any market with almost zero efforts from your side.

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