India’s electrical equipment export set to get big boost from CPRI’s ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation

Export Footprint of Made-in-India Electrical Equipment Set to Grow as Major Bottleneck Resolved

the The Central Power Research Institute (CPRI), an autonomous corporation under the Union Department of Energy, has been awarded the prestigious accreditation by the National Accreditation Board for Certifying Bodies (NABCB) – for certifying electrical equipment to the standard ISO/IEC 17065.

This accreditation means that manufacturers who have obtained test certificates from CPRI would be able to export their products without requiring retesting or authentication by any other body outside the country, the Department of Energy noted in a press release Thursday, April 7.

According to the ministry, this would give a significant boost to the already robust indigenous development and manufacturing of electrical products in India and thus strengthen “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”.

Electrical products made in India are exported to several countries. One issue that exporters had reported to the Department of Energy, the resolution of which would further improve the competitiveness of this industry, 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 has ordered CPRI to obtain this accreditation as a matter of urgency, according to the statement.

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 this 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, the ministry said.

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 lab will be authenticated by an independent certification division within CPRI that will issue the test certificate, according to the ministry.