BIS Certification for Footwear

BIS Certification for Footwear
Ganesh Nair
| Updated: Sep 10, 2022 | Category: BIS

In a recent notification, the Department for promotion of industry and internal trade stated that footwear manufacturers are required to obtain BIS certification. If the manufacturer wants to sell leather-based footwear, he must obtain the ISI certification for the same. The notification clearly states that if any footwear manufacturer sells his product without any BIS certification, he will attract criminal charges that shall result in imprisonment and heft fines. The notification extends to leather footwear, anti-riot shoes, safety boots and other accessories.

The government issued three quality control orders for the BIS certification for footwear in 2020. These are:

  1. For footwear created from Leather and other materials
  2. For footwear created from Rubber and polymeric material
  3. Personal protective equipment (footwear)

List of Standards for BIS certification process for Footwear Product Standards
1. Specification for leather safety boots and shoes: Part 1 for miners IS 1989: PART 1:1986
2. Specification for leather safety boots and shoes: Part 2 for heavy metal industries IS 1989: PART 2:1986
3. Canvas Shoes, Rubber Sole IS 3735:1996
4. Safety Rubber Canvas Boots for Miners IS 3976:2003
5. Canvas boots, rubber sole IS 3736:1995
6. Leather safety footwear has a direct moulded rubber sole IS 11226:1993
7. Leather safety footwear with direct moulded polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sole IS 14544:1998
8. Sports Footwear IS 15844:2010
9. High ankle tactical boots with pu – Rubber sole IS 17012:2018
10. Anti-riot shoes IS 17037:2018
11. Derby shoes IS 17043:2018
12. Personal protective equipment: Part 2 safety footwear IS 15298: PART 2:2016
13. Personal protective equipment: Part 3 protective footwear IS 15298: PART 3:2019
14. Personal protective equipment: Part 4 occupational footwear IS 15298: PART 4:2017
15. Industrial and protective rubber knee and ankle boots IS 5557:2004
16. All rubber gum boots and ankle boots: Part 2 occupational purposes IS 5557 (PART 2):2018
17. Moulded solid rubber soles and heels IS 5676:1995
18. Rubber microcellular sheets for soles and heels IS 6664:1992
19. Solid Pvc Soles And Heels IS 6719:1972
20. PVC sandal IS 6721:1972
21. Rubber Hawai chappal IS 10702:1992
22. slipper, rubber IS 11544:1986
23. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Industrial boots IS 12254:1993
24. Polyurethane soles semirigid IS 13893:1994
25. Unlined moulded rubber boots IS 13995:1995
26. Moulded plastics footwear-Lined or Unlined polyurethane boots for general industrial use IS 16645:2018
27. Footwear for Men and Women for Municipal Scavenging Work IS 16994:2018

Documents required for the BIS certification process for footwear

  • Documents that state the legal identity of the firm, i.e. (partnership firm, certificate of incorporation etc.)
  • Flowchart showing the manufacturing process of the footwear. This must include in-process control of all the stages including the ones that are being outsourced.
  • Consent letter to be obtained from BIS recognised labs to carry out the test.
  • Documents for undertaking and declaration
  • Drawing of the product and its components
  • Location plan of the factory
  • Layout plan of the factory
  • Copies of Certificates from quality control personnel
  • Copies of Test certification of Raw Materials
  • Machinery Details of the manufacturing unit
  • Certificates of calibration certificates of Testing equipment- this should be created latest three months from the date if the application
  • Documents for address proof of the premises
  • Test equipment details
  • Documents for hygienic conditions

The process to obtain BIS certification for footwear Manufacturers

  • Select the Indian standard for the product
  • The applicant must identify the Indian standard for the product. After this proceed to the official website of the Bureau of Indian Standards[1] and create your BIS account.
  • A page will open for BIS Guest Registration. Provide all the necessary information as required and click on the submit button.
  • Carefully go through the Indian standard against your product. Make sure your product meets the requirement for those standards.
  • The process of manufacturing and testing should also align with the BIS Standard.
  • In case the factory does not have appropriate testing facilities or sophisticated equipment, then BIS can permit the manufacturers to complete the tests through BIS-recognised labs.
  • Login into Manak Portal
    • The applicant must log on to the Manakonline portal and create an account. Once the account is created, then apply for a license through this.
  • Choose Indian standard
    • The applicant has to select from 27 standards available in the footwear category.
    • In case the ISI registration is for multiple products, then a separate application has to be made for each of the product
    • Further, two modes are available to the applicant. These are:
      • Normal Procedure

The manufacturer can apply for the license without getting the product tested by BIS-recognised labs. However, in this case, the license shall be granted to the applicant after the officials conduct the inspection and check the test reports.

  • Simplified procedure:

In this case, the manufacturer must get his product tested by BIS recognised lab as per the applicable standards. Then a complete application can be filed with the test report results. During the inspection, only a verification sample shall be drawn, and a license shall be granted after the test of the sample collected.

  • Provide the following details:

The applicant needs to update the following information:

  • Raw materials used
    • Location of the factory
    • Process of manufacturing
    • Details of machinery
    • Plant layout
    • Details of testing personnel

After this, the applicant must pay the requisite BIS registration fee.

If the applicant has opted for “simplified procedure”, then the documents for test reports issued by BIS recognised labs also have to be uploaded.

If the manual/scheme for testing the product is not available, then the applicant must inform about the same to the concerned Branch office of the BIS.

  • Respond to the queries raised by the BIS Once the steps mentioned above are completed, then an application number shall be generated in the communication window of Manak Portal. If the BIS has any queries, then the applicant must respond to these queries immediately. Select the Date of Factory Inspection
  • The BIS will provide a proposed date of factory inspection.
  • The applicant must confirm the date within 10 days of filing the application.
  • If the applicant fails to do so, then the application can be rejected.

Make payment for BIS license

  • Case 1: after receiving the satisfactory test reports and with no pending action from BIS officials. The process for grant of license shall be initiated.
    • Case 2: After the factory inspection, and there is no action pending, then BIS shall initiate the application for a grant of license.
    • Once payment is received, a new license number is created and provided to the applicant.
  • Grant of license
  • Once the license is granted, then the applicant needs to follow the scheme of inspection and testing the terms after obtaining the BIS license.
  • BIS will conduct periodic factory inspections and market surveillance activities after giving the license. The applicant must ensure that it extends to all the cooperation and assistance to BIS officers.

Conclusion: The government has made it mandatory to get BIS certification for footwear. BIs certification ensures that good quality products are provided to the consumers. The certification process makes that appropriate testing measures are carried out so that it does not end up being hazardous to the buyers.

Read our Article:Requirements for BIS ISI Certification for cement manufacturers

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Ganesh Nair

Ganesh Nair completed his graduation in law from IP university. He is an ardent researcher who has written various research papers and articles on contemporary legal issues. His keen interest in the field of research made him pursue a career in legal research. His core area of interest include Cyber, IPR and Finance laws.


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