India ‘to speed up safety testing for electronics’

India is reportedly planning to speed up the safety approval process for new consumer electronics through a strategy of parallel testing.

According to Reuters, the move, which is part of an Indian government effort to remove bottlenecks faced by businesses, could boost the launch of new smartphones by the likes of Apple and Samsung.

Under the plan, different components of electronic devices would be safety tested simultaneously.

This approach could cut as much as five to eight weeks from India’s cumbersome testing process, which can take between 16 and 21 weeks to test and certify electronics entering the country.

"For industry, it is directly linked with ease of doing business; for consumers, this will result in faster access to the latest products," the Indian electronics industry group, MAIT, said in its statement.

The MAIT, which counts Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi among its members, said that in order to trim the time required, the testing agency, the Bureau of Indian Standards, "has agreed to a pilot project where some identified electronics hardware products shall be undergoing parallel testing."

According to MAIT, earbuds will be the first devices likely to be put through the faster testing, with the government deciding on other products later.

"For Indian consumers, this move will significantly shorten the wait time to get their hands on the latest products," Prabhu Ram, the head of the Industry Intelligence Group at CyberMedia Research, told Reuters.