BIS Certification for Micro and Small Manufacturers of Footwear Components.


Footwear is an integral part of our daily lives, which started out as being a necessity to becoming a commodity, reflecting the attitude and lifestyle of an individual. India is famous for its rich traditional craft of making footwear.  It is essentially seen as a complex product that uses a variety of materials. It provides our feet with comfort, style, and protection. 

In India, The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has played a significant role in ensuring that the products, including footwear meet the quality standards of India. Recently, there has been a significant development in this regard when inspection and testing for micro and minor manufacturers of footwear components.

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Footwear Industry of India

The footwear sector is the engine of growth for the entire Indian Leather Industry. After China,  India is the second largest producer of footwear worldwide, accounting for 13% of global footwear production. 2065 million pairs of different categories of footwear are manufactured in the Indian footwear industry. 

The major centers of production of footwear are Chennai, Mumbai, Kanpur, Agra, Delhi, Ludhiana, Sonipat, Karnal, and Kolkata.

In 2023, the revenue generated by the industry amounts to $24.86 billion.

The micro small and medium enterprise sector is among the largest employment generators across various sectors. The footwear sector is no different, employing more than 1.3 million individuals.

BIS Certification for Footwear

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has mandated BIS Certification for Footwear with the applicable Indian Standard which bears the Standard Mark (ISI Mark) for all footwear manufacturers, particularly of leather and other materials. 

It would be illegal to manufacture, sell, or store products without ISI Mark. No manufacturer is legally permitted to produce footwear without a BIS Certificate. Failure to do so will result in imprisonment and hefty penalties. The BIS Certification and ISI Mark build trust and provide safety to the consumers.

The department has released three quality-control orders that will cover and include footwear made of polymer/rubber materials, leather as well as various materials as well as PPE footwear in the compulsory accreditation of BIS.

The three QCOs that follow include:

  1. Shoes made of leather as well as other types of materials (Quality Control) Order, 2020

  2. Shoes made of all-Rubber as well as all Polymeric material as well as its constituents (Quality Control) Order, 2020

  3. Personal Safety Equipment Shoes (Quality Control) Order in 2020

Documents required for BIS Certification of Footwear

The documents required for BIS Certification of footwear include

  1. Identity proof of manufacturer
  2. Registration documents of Factory premises
  3. Manufacturing process flow chart
  4. Information about Authorized Signatory and other related documents.
  5. Facilities for testing that are adequate
  6. Quality Control Parameters, and the documentation
  7. Laboratory test report and other details according to BIS standard

Process of BIS Certification for Footwear

Step 1 Documentation required prior to the submission of an application
Step 2 The application must be submitted along with the necessary documents for BIS
Step 3 Examining the application of BIS officials
Step 4 Nomination of auditors for audit by BIS
Step 5 Audit of the manufacturing facilities by BIS auditor
Step 6 Sample draw to test independently
Step 7 Testing of samples within a BIS-certified lab
Step 8 Awarded BIS license to a shoe manufacturer

Products brought under compulsory BIS Certification

On 1 July 2021, the Bureau of Indian Standards made it compulsory for 24 manufacturers of Footwear made from leather and other materials and Footwear made from all polymeric and all rubber materials to bear the BIS License. However, for 5 standards, Footwear made from leather and other materials and Footwear made from all polymeric and all rubber materials shall be given six months’ time to comply.

IS 1989: PART 1:1986 Specification for safety footwear made of leather and shoes Part 1 for miners
IS 1989: PART 2:1986 Specification for safety boots made of leather and shoes Part 2 for the heavy industries made of metal
IS 3735:1996  Canvas Shoes, Rubber Sole
IS 3976:2003 Safety Rubber Canvas Boots for Miners
IS 3736:1995 Canvas boots, rubber sole
IS 11226:1993 Safety footwear made of leather with the sole made of directly molded rubber
IS 14544:1998 Safety footwear made of leather with directly molded, polyvinyl-chloride (PVC) sole
IS 15844:2010  Sports Shoes
IS 17012:2018 High ankle tactical boots that have pu-rubber sole
IS 17037:2018 Anti-riot shoes
IS 17043:2018 Derby shoes
IS 15298: PART 2:2016 Personal protection equipment: Part 2 safety footwear
IS 15298: PART 3:2019 Personal protection equipment: Part 3. Protective footwear
IS 15298: PART 4:2017 Personal protective equipment: Part 4. Work-related footwear
IS 5557:2004 Rubber knee protectors and industrial rubber and ankle boots
IS 5557 (PART 2):2018  All rubber gum ankle boots: Part 2. for occupational use
IS 5676:1995 Rubber soles that have been molded and solidified at heels
IS 6664:1992 Microcellular sheets of rubber for heels and soles
IS 6719:1972 Solid Pvc Soles And Heels
IS 6721:1972 PVC sandal
IS 10702:1992 Hawai chappal is made of rubber.
IS 11544:1986 slipper rubber
IS 12254:1993 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Industrial boots
IS 13893:1994 Polyurethane soles semirigid
IS 13995:1995 Unlined molded rubber boots
IS 16645:2018 Molded plastics footwear - Lined or Unlined polyurethane footwear for general industrial applications
IS 16994:2018 Shoes for Women and Men for municipal scavenging work

**Inspection and testing made optional for micro and small-scale footwear components **

The Bureau of Indian Standards has made it optional for small and micro-scale units to maintain a suitably equipped and staffed lab, keep test records, and conduct tests as indicated under levels of control.

These changes have been made in the product manual for the following products-

A) Sandals and Slippers (IS 6721:2023) 

B) Hawai chappals (IS 10702:2023) 

C) Sport Footwear (IS 15844:2010 IS 15844 (Part 1):2023 IS 15844 (Part 2):2023))

D) Canvas Shoes and Boots with a rubber sole (IS 3735:1996, IS3736, 1995) 

E) Rubber soles that have been molded as well as heels (IS 5676 1995) (IS 5676: 1995)) 

F) Microcellular rubber sheets to be used to be used for heels and soles (IS 6664 1992) 

G) Heels and soles made from PVC (IS 6719 1972) (IS 6719: 1972)) 

H) Polyurethane sole, semirigid (IS 1393 1994)

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