The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, through the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, has issued a significant order, the “Safes, Safe Deposit Locker Cabinets, and Key Locks (Quality Control) Order, 2023.” This order, effective six months from its publication in the Official Gazette, aims to regulate the quality of specified goods in the interest of public safety.

Detailed Analysis:

1. Short Title and Commencement:

The order outlines that it shall be known as the “Safes, Safe Deposit Locker Cabinets, and Key Locks (Quality Control) Order, 2023.” It comes into force six months from the date of its publication, emphasizing the importance of adherence to defined standards.

2. Conformity to Standard and Compulsory Use of Standard Mark:

Goods listed in the order must comply with the corresponding Indian Standards and bear the Standard Mark under a license from the Bureau of Indian Standards. Exemptions are granted for goods manufactured domestically for export, micro-enterprises, and small enterprises for specified periods.

3. Certification and Enforcement:

The Bureau of Indian Standards is designated as the certifying and enforcing authority for the goods specified in the order. This centralizes the responsibility for ensuring adherence to quality standards.

4. Penalty for Contravention:

Stringent penalties are imposed on individuals contravening the provisions of this order. Any violation is punishable under the provisions of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016, emphasizing the commitment to maintaining high-quality standards.

TABLE:

The order specifies the relevant Indian Standards for Safes, Safe Deposit Locker Cabinets, and Key Locks, ensuring that the latest versions, including amendments, notified by the Bureau of Indian Standards, are applicable.

Conclusion:

The Safes, Safe Deposit Locker Cabinets, and Key Locks Quality Control Order, 2023, marks a crucial step towards ensuring the safety and quality of such essential products. With a focus on adherence to Indian Standards, certification, and strict enforcement, this order is poised to enhance consumer confidence and promote industry compliance. Stakeholders in the sector should familiarize themselves with the requirements outlined in the order to align with the regulatory framework and contribute to the overall improvement of product quality and safety standards.

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MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

(Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade)

ORDER

New Delhi, the 8th December,2023

S.O. 5293(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 Safes, Safe Deposit Locker Cabinets and key locks (Quality Control) Order, 2023.

(2) It shall come into force on the expiry of six months 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 below 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 further 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:

3. Certification and enforcement – The Bureau of Indian Standards shall be the certifying and enforcing authority for the goods or articles specified in the column (1) of the said Table.

4. Penalty for – 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)
Safes, safe deposit locker cabinets and key locks 550 (Part 1): 2014 Safes
5244: 2020 Safe deposit locker cabinets
17566: 2021 Key locks for security equipment

 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-29026/23/2023-LEI]

SANJIV, Jt. Secy.

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