NEW DELHI : India-made electrical equipment export footprint set to grow as a major bottleneck is resolved. The Central Power Research Institute (CPRI), an autonomous corporation under the Union Department of Energy, has earned the prestigious accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Certifying Bodies (NABCB) – for certification of electrical equipment to the standard ISO/IEC 17065.
This accreditation means that manufacturers who have obtained test certificates from CPRI could export their products without requiring retesting or authentication by any other body outside the country. This would give a significant boost to the already robust indigenous development and manufacturing of electrical products in India and thus strengthen “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”, according to a statement from the Ministry of Energy.
Electrical products made in India are exported to several countries. One issue that exporters had reported to the Department of Energy was that some countries did not accept the test report issued by CPRI due to lack of ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation. As a result, the Department of Energy ordered CPRI to obtain accreditation as a matter of urgency.
CPRI has achieved certification for its test reports covering transformers and reactors, cables and cable accessories, capacitors, switchgear and control gear, transmission line accessories and energy meters.
With CPRI now having accreditation, Indian exporters do not need to send their products overseas for testing. This is expected to further encourage the manufacturing and export of electrical equipment from India.
ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation demonstrates to the market and regulators around the world that agencies have met the requirements of operating certification systems in a competent, consistent and unbiased manner. ISO/IEC 17065 is intended for conformity assessment or certification of products, processes and/or services. The test report issued by the CPRI test laboratory will be authenticated by an independent certification division within CPRI which will issue the test certificate.
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