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India Clarifies Applicability of IS 16333 for Specific Categories of Mobile Devices

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) issued an announcement that clarifies the applicability of IS 16333 (Part 3) “Mobile Phone Handsets. Part 3. Indian Language Support for Mobile Phone Handsets - Specific Requirements”.

According to this announcement, requirements of the standard are not applicable to devices such as smart watches or mobile computers (ADPM) that can be:

  • provided with SIM

  • aided with text input facility

Such devices are related to the specific categories of products according to the classification of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY). Their registration is to be granted under the category for which they have been notified. These products don’t require complying with the Indian language support requirements of the IS 16333(Part 3) standard.

However, the competent authority controls these issues by itself.

It is worth mentioning that when we talk about the registration of mobile phones, their compliance to IS 13252 (Part 1) requirements as well as IS 16333 (Part 3) requirements should be met.

For verification of compliance of mobile phone models as per IS 16333 (Part 3), an applicant must give an Undertaking for applicants of mobile phones and indicate the models according to the series based on the same software solution/utility which supports Indian Official Languages according to IS 16333 (Part3). Then, a lab selects Representative Model out of the series for checking/verifying compliance to IS 16333 (Part 3) by inputting a text in English, Hindi, and at least one additional Indian Official Language along with capability of message readability for all 22 Indian Official Languages.

Once, the necessary approval from BIS is obtained, it is possible to display the Standard Numbers IS 13252 (Part 1)/IEC 60950-1 as well as IS 16333 (Part 3) above the Standard Mark.

The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.

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