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In today’s globalized world, the importance of ensuring quality and safety in products and services cannot be overstated. Governments around the world have established regulatory bodies to safeguard consumer interests and promote fair trade practices. The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) in Taiwan is one such organization that plays a crucial role in maintaining standards, metrology, and inspection procedures.

What is BSMI?

Established in 1950, the BSMI is an administrative agency under the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan. BSMI’s primary objective is to ensure the quality, safety, and fairness of products and services available in the market. It operates under the principles of transparency, impartiality, and efficiency. Over the years, the BSMI has taken on additional responsibilities, such as inspecting and certifying products and services, promoting international trade, and protecting consumers’ rights.

BSMI’s activities are primarily aimed at protecting consumers’ rights and interests. By establishing and enforcing standards, conducting inspections, and providing certification services, BSMI ensures that consumers have access to safe, reliable, and high-quality products. This promotes consumer confidence and supports fair competition among businesses.

In addition, the BSMI has established a Consumer Protection Center that helps to protect consumers’ rights. The center provides information on product recalls, consumer complaints, and other issues related to product safety and quality. This information helps consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing products.

For BSMI, either one of the following schemes can be applied for, depending on the type of product that is intended to be marketed in Taiwan. The CCC/HS Code will determine which route is applicable:

  • Declaration of Conformity scheme
  • Registration of Product Certification (RPC) 

The RPC Certificate has a 3-year validity period. Local Suppliers who wish to continue supplying the product may apply for re-certification via the Designated Commodity Certification Bodies. DoC is indefinitely valid.

According to the Official BSMI Taiwan Commodity Inspection Document, Local Suppliers are responsible for registering each model of regulated commodities with the Competent Authority (BSMI). 

The Applicable Standards for Testing in order to ensure compliance with Taiwan Requirements are expressed in the CNS form and are listed in the Product Scope for each equipment classification.

Functions of BSMI

  • Standards development: BSMI is responsible for developing and revising national standards in various fields, including electrical appliances, consumer products, industrial equipment, and more. These standards serve as benchmarks for manufacturers, ensuring that their products meet specific quality and safety requirements.
  • Metrology: BSMI establishes and maintains accurate measurement standards in Taiwan. It ensures that measurement instruments used in trade, industry, and other sectors meet the required accuracy standards. This helps in promoting fair trade practices and ensuring consumer confidence.
  • Product certification: BSMI provides product certification services, commonly known as the BSMI Mark. This certification ensures that products comply with relevant safety standards and regulations. The BSMI Mark is widely recognized and trusted by consumers and businesses alike.
  • Inspection and testing: BSMI conducts inspections and testing of products to verify their compliance with safety and quality standards. This helps in preventing the circulation of substandard or unsafe products in the market, protecting consumer interests.

BSMI product marking

RPC Marking must include a product certification identification number (which will be issued in the certificate) made up of 6 digits. The very first digit must be an R, which implies RPC, or a D, which implies declaration as shown below:

R 3 A 001 (3 A 001 correspond to the applicant’s identification code).

BSMI Product Marking
▲ BSMI product marking.

A sample of BSMI product certification

A Sample of BSMI Product Certification
A Sample of BSMI Product Certification

BSMI RoHS compliance statement

BSMI is responsible for enforcing the RoHS Directive in Taiwan, which restricts the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The goal of the RoHS Directive is to protect human health and the environment from hazardous substances commonly found in electronic devices. The regulation focuses on six substances: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). These substances are known to have adverse effects on human health and contribute to environmental pollution when improperly disposed of. BSMI ensures compliance with this directive by conducting inspections and tests on electronic products to verify that they meet the required standards.

The BSMI RoHS Compliance Statement includes the following information:

  1. Name and address of the manufacturer or importer
  2. Product name and model number
  3. Compliance status with the RoHS Directive
  4. Date of manufacture or import
  5. BSMI certification number
An Example of Taiwan BSMI RoHS Declaration
▲ A sample of Taiwan BSMI RoHS declaration.

Why is BSMI certification important?

If you want to sell your products in Taiwan, you must obtain a BSMI certification. The certification ensures that your products are safe for use and meet the necessary technical regulations. It also shows that your products meet the quality standards required in Taiwan.

Which products require BSMI certification?

  • The products that require BSMI certification include electrical appliances, IT equipment, toys, medical devices, and many more. For electrical appliances, this certification is required for all products that are connected to the mains power supply. This includes products such as refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines, and electric heaters.
  • For IT equipment, BSMI certification is required for products such as computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. This certification ensures that the products meet the necessary safety and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) standards.
  • Toys are another product category that requires BSMI certification. This certification is necessary to ensure that the toys meet certain safety standards and do not pose a risk to children. Toys that require certification include electric toys, ride-on toys, and toys that emit sound.
  • Medical devices are another category of products that require BSMI certification. This certification is necessary to ensure that the medical devices are safe for use and meet the necessary quality standards. Medical devices that require certification include diagnostic equipment, surgical instruments, and medical implants.
  • Other products that require BSMI certification include automotive parts, building materials, and telecommunications equipment. In the case of automotive parts, this certification is required for products such as brakes, lights, and engines. Building materials such as cement, steel, and glass also require BSMI certification to ensure that they meet certain safety and quality standards.

The specific products subject to certification can be found on the BSMI website or by contacting their offices directly. You can also contact GTG BSMI expert to get an instant answer without waiting.

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What is the process of obtaining a BSMI certification?

The process of obtaining a BSMI certification can be complex. It involves several steps, including product testing, document preparation (such as product specifications, test reports, and compliance statements), and submission of the application. GTG can help you with each step of the process and ensure that your products meet the necessary requirements.

It is advisable to consult the BSMI website or contact their offices for detailed information on the application procedure. You can also contact a GTG BSMI expert to assist you, we’re good at it!

How long does it take to obtain a BSMI certification?

The time it takes to obtain a BSMI certification varies depending on the product category, the complexity of the product and the completeness of the application. However, on average, it takes between 4-8 weeks to obtain a BSMI certification. For specific timelines, it is best to consult with BSMI directly. GTG can help you expedite the process and ensure that you get your certification on time.

How much does it cost to obtain a BSMI certification?

The cost of obtaining a BSMI certification varies depending on the product category and the scope of certification required. However, on average, it can cost between $1000-$5000 to obtain a BSMI certification. It is recommended to check the BSMI website or contact their offices for the most up-to-date fee structure. GTG can provide you with a quote based on our past experience.

Can I use BSMI certification for international markets?

BSMI certification is primarily recognized and accepted in Taiwan. If you intend to export your products to other countries, you may need to comply with the certification requirements of those respective markets. It is advisable to research and understand the specific certification requirements of each target market.

How to obtain a BSMI Taiwan RoHS Compliance Statement

Manufacturers and importers of electronic products can obtain a BSMI Taiwan RoHS Compliance Statement by submitting their products to BSMI for testing and certification. BSMI conducts tests on electronic products to verify that they comply with the RoHS Directive. Once the products pass the tests, BSMI issues a certification number and a compliance statement. GTG can provide you with the necessary guidance and support. We can also help you expedite the certification process, which can save you time and money.

What other certifications are required in Taiwan?

Apart from the BSMI certification, there are other certifications required in Taiwan, including the Taiwan RoHS, and the Taiwan Energy Label. GTG can also help you obtain these certifications and ensure that your products meet the necessary regulatory requirements.

How can GTG assist you with BSMI?

GTG is a reliable certification company that can help you obtain a BSMI certification. We have a team of experts with rich experience in helping companies navigate the certification process and can provide you with the necessary guidance and support to ensure that your products meet the necessary safety standards and technical regulations.

GTG has served numerous clients in various industries, including electronics, audiovisual, and toys, and has vast experience in helping companies obtain regulatory certifications. Contact us today and start obtaining a BSMI certification!

Sources: Our guidance and/or articles are written in part based on publicly available information, and our own practical experience relating to product testing, compliance and certification. These are some of the primary sources we use:
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