By Lucy Rana and Rupin Chopra
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has in furtherance to the Quality control orders covering footwear made from rubber/polymeric material, leather and other material, has recently notified a clarification to facilitate the footwear manufacturers.
In light of the above, please note that BIS is a national standard body of India which was earlier known as Indian Standards Institution until January 01, 1987.
- BIS (earlier known as ISI) was constituted for harmonious development of the activities of standardization, marking and quality certification of goods and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
- One of the certification schemes introduced with an intent to ensure standardization in terms of quality and safety of products is the ISI mark scheme which is a ‘product certification scheme’.
- Under the ISI mark scheme, the manufacturers of different products especially those under the mandatory registration scheme are required to obtain registration from BIS authority.
- Once the registration is obtained, the manufacturers are required to affix ISI mark on their product as well as imprint the same on product packaging/ labelling.
- Since shoes come under ISI mark scheme it will be denoted by imprinted the IS mark with the registration
BIS Cerification for Footwear Products
BIS has introduced three Quality Control Orders on Footwear Products wherein the following Indian Standards were introduced:
|1.||IS 5557: 2004||Industrial and protective rubber knee and ankle boots|
|2.||IS 5557 (Part 2): 2018||All rubber gum boots and ankle boots|
|3.||IS 5676: 1995||Moulded solid rubber soles and heels|
|4.||IS 6664: 1992||Rubber microcellular sheets for soles and heels|
|5.||IS 6719: 1972||Solid PVC soles and heels|
|6.||IS 6721: 1972||PVC sandal|
|7.||IS 10702: 1992||Rubber Hawai Chappal|
|8.||IS 11544: 1986||Slipper, rubber|
|9.||IS 12254: 1993||Polyvinyl chloride(PVC) industrial boots|
|10.||IS 16645: 2018||Moulded plastics footwear- Lined or Unlined polyurethane boots for general industrial use|
|11.||IS 16994: 2018||Footwear for men and women for municipal scavenging work|
|12.||IS 1989 (Part 1): 1986||Leather safety boots and shoes for miners|
|13.||IS 1989 (Part.2): 1986||Leather safety boots and shoes for heavy metal industries|
|14.||IS 3735: 1996||Canvas Shoes Rubber Sole|
|15.||IS 3736: 1995||Canvas Boots Rubber Sole|
|16.||IS 11226: 1993||Leather safety footwear having direct moulded rubber sole|
|17.||IS 14544: 1998||Leather safety footwear with direct moulded polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sole|
|18.||IS 15844: 2010||Sports footwear|
|19.||IS 17012: 2018||High ankle tactical boots with PU – Rubber sole|
|20.||IS 17037: 2018||Antiriot shoes|
|21.||IS 17043: 2018||Derby shoes|
|22.||IS 15298 (Part 2): 2016||Personal protective equipment – Part 2 Safety Footwear|
|23.||IS 15298 ( Part 3) : 2019||Personal protective equipment – Part 3 Protective Footwear|
|24.||IS 15298 (Part 4) : 2017||Personal protective equipment – Part 4 Occupational Footwear|
|25.||IS 3976:2003||Safety rubber canvas boots for miner|
In furtherance to the set standards being introduced, BIS has now issued a set of guidelines in the form of a step wise process for first time applicants to be followed in order to obtain BIS certification for footwear’s.
This notification doesn’t introduce any additional standards apart from those listed above but is a step wise process of the getting above mentioned IS standards which are coming into effect from 1st July,2021.