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India approves footwear quality control orders mandating certification requirements

FEBRUARY 2021 -SOFTLINES

 On 27 October 2020, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India approved three Quality Control Orders for footwear to be sold in Indian market. These orders are:

  • the footwear made from leather and other materials (Quality Control) Order 20201
  • the footwear made from all-rubber and all polymeric material and its components (Quality Control) Order, 20202
  • the Personal Protective Equipment Footwear (Quality Control) Order, 2020.3

The Bureau of Indian Standards would be the authority for certification and enforcement for these orders.

According to these orders, goods or articles specified in these orders must conform to the corresponding Indian Standards and shall bear the Standard Mark [ISI] under a licence from the Bureau of Indian Standards.

However, these orders would not apply to the goods or articles those are meant for export.

Originally these orders were set to become effective from 27 October 2020, however, according to the further amendments dated 4 December 2020, the effective date of these orders was postponed to 1 July 2021.4, 5, 6

Following tables provide the list of goods or articles and corresponding compulsory Indian Standards for certification. The latest version of Indian Standards including the amendments shall be used.

Table 1: Footwear made from leather and other materials:

No.  Goods or articles  Indian standard Title of Indian standard
1 Leather safety boots and shoes IS 1989 (part 1): 1986 Specification for leather safety boots and shoes part 1 for miners
IS 1989 (part 2): 1986 Specification for leather safety boots and shoes part 2 for heavy metal industries
2 Canvas shoes rubber sole IS 3735: 1996 Canvas shoes, rubber sole - specification
3 Canvas boots rubber sole IS 3736: 1995 Canvas boots, rubber sole - specification
4 Safety rubber canvas boots for miners IS 3976: 2018 Safety rubber canvas boots for miners - specification
5 Leather safety footwear having direct moulded rubber sole  IS 11226: 1993 Leather safety footwear having direct moulded rubber sole - specification
6 Leather safety footwear with direct moulded Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) sole IS 14544: 1998 Leather safety footwear with direct moulded Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) sole - specification
7 Sports footwear IS 15844: 2010 Sports footwear - specification
8 High ankle tactical boots with PU - rubber sole IS 17012: 2018 High ankle tactical boots with PU - rubber sole - specification
9 Anti-riot shoes IS 17037: 2018 Anti-riot shoes - specification
10 Derby shoes IS 17043: 2018 Derby shoes - specification

Table 2: Footwear made from all-rubber and all polymeric material and its components:

No.  Goods or articles  Indian standard  Title of Indian standard 
1 Industrial and protective rubber knee and ankle boots IS 5557: 2004 Industrial and protective rubber knee and ankle boots - Specification
2  All rubber gum boots and ankle boots IS 5557 (Part 2): 2018 Industrial and protective rubber knee and ankle boots - Specification
3 Moulded solid rubber soles and heels IS 5676: 1995 All rubber gum boots and ankle boots: Part 2 occupational purposes
4  Rubber microcellular sheets for soles and heels IS 6664: 1992 Moulded solid rubber soles and heels- Specification
5 Solid PVC soles and heels  IS 6719: 1972 Rubber microcellular sheets for soles and heels- Specification
6 PVC sandal IS 6721: 1972 Specification for solid PVC soles and heels
7  Rubber Hawai Chappal IS 10702: 1992 Specification for PVC sandal
8  Slipper, rubber IS 11544: 1986 Rubber Hawai Chappal- Specification
9  Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industrial boots IS 12254: 1993 Specification for slipper, rubber
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industrial boots - Specification
10  Polyurethane sole, semirigid IS 13893: 1994 Polyurethane sole, semirigid- Specification
11  Unlined moulded rubber boots IS 13995: 1995 Unlined moulded rubber boots – Specification
12  Moulded plastics footwear- Lined or Unlined polyurethane boots for general industrial use IS 16645: 2018 Moulded plastics footwear- Lined or Unlined polyurethane boots for general industrial use- Specification
13  Footwear for men and women for municipal scavenging work IS 16994: 2018  Footwear for men and women for municipal scavenging work

Table 3: Personal Protective Equipment - Footwear:

No.  Goods or articles Indian standard Title of Indian standard
1 Personal Protective Equipment - Footwear IS 15298 (Part 2): 2016 Personal protective equipment - Part 2 Safety Footwear
IS 15298 (Part 3): 2019 Personal protective equipment - Part 3 Protective Footwear

[1]  The Footwear made from leather and other materials (Quality Control) Order 2020

[2]  The Footwear made from all-rubber and all polymeric material and its components (Quality Control) Order, 2020

[3]  The Personal Protective Equipment Footwear (Quality Control) Order, 2020

[4]  The Footwear made from all-rubber and all polymeric material and its components (Quality Control) Amendment Order, 2020

[5]  The Footwear made from leather and other materials (Quality Control) Amendment Order, 2020

[6]  The Personal Protective Equipment - Footwear (Quality Control) Amendment Order, 2020

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