BIS seizes 18k non-certified toys during raids on 44 big retailers | India News

NEW DELHI: The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has confiscated at least 18,600 non-BIS certified toys during raids on 44 big retailers including Hamleys, WH Smith, Archies, Kids Zone and Cocoart in malls, airports and markets. The consumer protection regulator, CCPA, has also slapped notices to three major e-commerce players — Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal — for violation of mandatory BIS certification for toys being sold on their platforms.
The manufacturing, storing and sale of non-BIS toys in India has been banned since January 2021. The violation of the provision of the BIS Act can attract a penalty of up to two year’s jail or with fine of at least Rs 2 lakh for the first offence. The fine is at least Rs 5 lakh for the second and subsequent offences. BIS officials said they will start the process of prosecution as per the BIS Act.
According to the BIS, such non-BIS certified toys were seized from Hamleys stores at New Delhi airport Terminal 1 and 2, in Kolkata, Ranchi, Noida and SAS Nagar (Punjab). Toys have also been seized from the Archies store at Ghaziabad’s Pacific Mall, WH Smith stores at Hyderabad and Delhi airports, Cococart stores at Mumbai and Gujarat airports, and Tiara Toys Zone at Chennai airport. Maximum of about 9,000 toys were seized from Ahmedabad-based Raj Toy World, followed by 3,080 from Madurai-based Giftz, and 2,000 from Bengaluru-based Royal Mart and Chennai-based Kids Zone.
Union consumer affairs secretary Rohit Kumar Singh also said the joint teams of BIS and customs department will soon carry out checks of consignments containing toys at ports and airports to stop them at the source since it’s difficult to detect each of them at retail stores.
In response to questions on the raids by the BIS, its director general Pramod Kumar Tiwari said, “We have compiled the data of the raids conducted so far in malls, markets and airports. We received complaints from our domestic manufacturers that toys without the BIS mark and also some illegally imported toys are still being sold. In the first phase we are targeting only big retailers, either at the airports or major malls in the cities. The intention is to create awareness among the sellers and consumers that this is not allowed.”
On the issue of e-commerce platforms also violating the norms, Tiwari said they will soon have a mechanism to ensure that if a seller declares having a BIS licence on an e-commerce platform, the same can be verified automatically. “We are working on this and it will be in place in the next 7-10 days…The e-commerce players said they do take a declaration from all the sellers registered on their platform about BIS certification but there is no way to verify it. So, we decided that the technical teams of this platform and BIS will work within a week to develop an API so that information can be shared with these companies,” he said.
Explaining this, he said the moment a seller makes a declaration of BIS licence detail, it will be checked automatically and then if it’s not found valid, the seller will be stopped from selling the product on the e-commerce platform. The BIS DG also said that the e-commerce firms have agreed to mention whether a product is under mandatory certification to inform the consumers and it will also mention that they can return products which are found non-compliant or have fake standard marks.
The BIS urged consumers to return the products without a BIS quality mark and complain. The e-commerce platforms have also assured that they will analyse the data and if any product has been returned for such a reason then they will bar the seller.

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