Guidelines on BIS Certification for Footwear Manufacturers- India

March 1, 2021
Bureau of Indian standard

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.


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