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The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, has issued a crucial order, the Air Cooler and Filters (Quality Control) Order, 2023. Empowered by the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016, this order aims to establish and uphold standards for air coolers and filters, ensuring quality control in the public interest.

The Air Cooler and Filters Quality Control Order, 2023, underscores the Ministry’s commitment to ensuring the quality of air coolers and filters for the public interest. This order sets standards that manufacturers, exporters, and enterprises must adhere to, with the Bureau of Indian Standards playing a crucial role in certification and enforcement. Understanding the order’s provisions is vital for industry stakeholders to ensure compliance and contribute to the overall enhancement of air quality products in the market.

MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
(Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade)

ORDER

New Delhi, the 5th March, 2024

S.O. 1114(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by section 16 of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016 (11 of 2016), the Central Government, after consulting the Bureau of Indian Standards, is of the opinion that it is necessary or expedient so to do in the public interest, hereby makes the following Order, namely:-

1. Short title and commencement. – (1) This Order may be called the Air Cooler and Air Filters (Quality Control) Order, 2023.

(2) It shall come into force on the expiry of six month from the date of publication of this notification in the Official Gazette.

2. Conformity to Standard and Compulsory use of Standard Mark.- Goods or articles specified in column (1) of the Table shall conform to the corresponding Indian Standard mentioned in column (2) of the said Table and shall bear the Standard Mark under a license from the Bureau of Indian Standards as per Scheme-1 of Schedule-II to the Bureau of Indian Standards (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018:

Provided that nothing in this Order shall apply to goods or articles manufactured domestically for export:

Provided further that nothing in this order shall apply to micro enterprises, as defined under clauses (h) and (m), respectively of section 2 of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006 (27 of 2006), till the expiry of twelve months from the date of publication of this notification:

Provided also that nothing in this order shall apply to small enterprises, as defined under clauses (h) and (m), respectively of section 2 of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006 (27 of 2006), till the expiry of nine months from the date of publication of this notification:

Provided also that nothing in this Order shall apply to goods or articles manufactured domestically by an enterprise, registered under ‘Udyam portal’ of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, wherein the investment in plant and machinery or equipment at original cost does not exceed twenty-five lakh rupees and the turnover does not exceed two crore rupees for the previous financial year as certified by a Chartered Accountant.

3. Certification and enforcement authority.- The Bureau of Indian Standards shall be the certifying and enforcing authority for the goods or articles specified in the Table.

4. Penalty for Contravention.- Any person who contravenes the provisions of this order shall be punishable under the provisions of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016.

TABLE

Goods or articles Indian Standard Title of Indian Standard
(1) (2) (3)
Air Cooler and Air Filters 3315:2019 Evaporative Air Coolers (Desert Coolers)
17570 (Part 1): 2021 ISO 16890-2: 2016 Air Filters for general ventilation – Technical specifications requirements and classification system based upon particulate matter efficiency (ePM)

Note.- For the purposes of this Table, the latest version of Indian Standards including the amendments thereof, as notified by the Bureau of Indian Standards from time to time shall apply.

[F. No. P-29026/25/2023-LEI]
SANJIV, Jt. Secy.

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