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BIS Certification for Footwear | Documents | Govt. Fee | How to apply | Validity

What is BIS certification for footwear ?

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is India’s national standards body responsible for developing and promoting standards to ensure product quality and safety. BIS certification or ISI certification is a mandatory conformity assessment system conducted by BIS. Its purpose is to ensure that products meet certain quality standards and comply with safety regulations before they are placed on the market. The ISI mark is a certification mark issued by BIS and is a symbol of quality and compliance with standards. Products bearing the ISI mark indicate that they have been tested and comply with current Indian standards. This certification is very important for various products, including shoes, to ensure consumer protection and promote quality in the market.

A BIS license is a quality assurance mark that indicates that a footwear product meets defined standards. On October 27, 2020, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Intra trade (DPIIT) announced that all footwear manufacturers must obtain BIS certification for their products. It was emphasized that all footwear must comply with relevant Indian standards and bear the standard mark (ISI mark). The regulation is scheduled to come into effect on July 1, 2023, when manufacturers will be able to start manufacturing and selling shoes that require certification. Without the ISI mark, it is illegal to manufacture and sell shoes made of leather or other materials.

According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s DPIIT Quality Control Regulations, BIS certification is mandatory for manufacturers and importers of shoes (including PPE shoes) made of rubber, polymer materials, leather, and other leather components.

Three quality control orders were issued:
  1. (Quality Control Regulations for Shoes Made of Leather and Other Materials), 2020
  2. Solid Rubber and Polymer Footwear (Quality Control) Regulations, 2022
  3. (Quality Control) Personal Protective Equipment – Footwear Regulations, 2020

List of the footwear products covered under BIS certification as per BIS standards:

  • IS 6721 – PVC Sandal
  • IS 10702 – Rubber Hawai Chappal
  • IS 12254 – PVC Industrial boots
  • IS 13893 – Polyurethane sole, semirigid
  • IS 13995 – Unlined molded rubber boots
  • IS 1989 (Part 1) – Leather safety boots & shoes for miners
  • IS 3735 – Canvas shoes rubber sole 
  • IS 3736 – Canvas boots rubber sole
  • IS 3976 – Safety rubber canvas boots for miners
  • IS 17037 – Antiriot shoes
  • IS 17043 – Derby shoes
  • IS 11544 – Rubber slipper
  • IS 17012 – High ankle tactical boots of PU rubber sole
  • IS 15298(Part-4) – PPE Part 4 occupational footwear
  • IS 15298 (Part-3) – Personal Protective equipment Part-3 Protective footwear
  • IS 15298(Part-2) – Personal protective equipment Part-2 Safety footwear
  • IS 15844 – Sports footwear
  • IS 14544 – Leather safety footwear with direct moulded PVC sole
  • IS 11226 – Leather safety footwear with direct moulded rubber sole
  • IS 16645 – Moulded plastic footwear – Lined or Unlined polyurethane boots for general industrial use
  • IS 16994 – Footwear for men and women for municipal scavenging work
  • IS 5557 – Industrial & protective rubber knee & ankle boots
  • IS 5676 – Moulded solid rubber soles & heels

List of the documents required to apply BIS certification for footwear:

  • Certificate of establishment of the company.
  • GST and MSME certificates.
  • Google Business Registration.
  • Brand name or trademark registration.
  • Manufacturing flowchart.
  • Factory layout.
  • List of machines and raw materials.
  • Documents that prove your company’s address: rental agreement, lease agreement, title deed, etc.
  • Product image.
  • Appointment letter, quality control officer’s identity card and qualification certificate.
  • Product test report from a BIS accredited laboratory.
  • List of test devices (excluding micro devices by MSME).

Please note: Installation of in-house testing lab is exempted for micro and small scale units as per MSME registration.

Validity of the BIS certification for footwear:

365 days

Step by step procedure to apply BIS certification for footwear:

  • Pre-testing of shoes by a BIS approved third party laboratory.
  • Submit your application along with the required documents on the BIS Manak portal.
  • Payment of applicable government fees.
  • Review of application by BIS representative.
  • Factory inspections are conducted on the factory premises by BIS personnel.
  • During the factory inspection, BIS personnel check the machinery list, raw material list, factory layout, process flow chart, QCI personnel’s ability, and testing of factory equipment. After verification, the samples will be sealed by BIS officials.
  • Send the sealed samples by the BIS officials during inspection to the concerned BIS Central Laboratory and submit the POD (Proof of Delivery) of the samples on the BIS Manak portal.
  • Authorization will be issued after final review of all documents by the BIS Department Head.

Expected BIS License delivery time period:

30 to 45 days

Important Question and Answer:

Question : What is the validity of the BIS License for footwear?
Answer : 365 days from the date of the grant of the BIS License.

Question :  I make several different types of footwear products like sports shoes, sandals, canvas, gum boots, Hawai Chappal, etc. Do I need to obtain one license for the unit or separate licenses for each of the products?

Answer : BIS grants separate licenses for sandals, slippers, shoes, canvas, hawai chappal, sports shoes, gum boots, etc.

Question : My company owns several manufacturing units spread across various locations. Do I need to obtain BIS license for all these units?

Answer : Yes, BIS certification is granted to manufacturing premises and not to a company. Therefore, separate certification (license) shall need to be obtained for each manufacturing premises.

Question : I am manufacturing different varieties of the same footwear. Do I need a separate license for each variety of the same footwear?

Answer : No, as per the guidelines of the BIS different varieties of the product covered under the same Indian Standard, can be covered under the same license.

Question : I am an importer, retailer, distributor, or wholesaler of footwear. Do I need BIS certification?

Answer : No, BIS grants certification only to manufacturing units and not to buyers/importers etc. 

Post-compliance of the BIS certification after grant of the license:

  • Monthly updates of recipient data in BIS Portal.
  • Monthly updates of production details on BIS portal.
  • Maintains appropriate inspection records.
  • Market samples are collected by the BIS Market Sample Testing Department.
  • Notify BIS that a new model or category is included.
  • Once a license is granted, a factory inspection will be conducted by BIS personnel.
  • Approval from BIS Services before changing location.
  • Timely renewal of BIS licenses.
  • Notify BIS department of changes in machinery, raw materials, factory layout, process flow diagrams, etc.

Why choose us ?

  • We are well versed in the BIS certification process for shoes. In addition to expert support and advice, we ensure that all processes are carried out according to technical standards.
  • We support the creation and organization of documents necessary for BIS certification of footwear applications. In addition to saving applicants time and ensuring accuracy, we are also aware of specific documentation requirements.
  • We submit applications, work with approved testing laboratories, and coordinate with BIS departments to ensure that all necessary actions are taken in a timely manner.
  • We speak on behalf of applicants, answer questions, and ensure effective communication between applicants and the BIS department.
  • We find qualified test facilities, coordinate device testing and evaluation, and ensure compliance with relevant technical standards. Additionally, we assist in analyzing and implementing recommendations and findings from test reports.
  • We will periodically notify applicants of any criteria or changes that may affect their application.
  • Working with Max Solution Consulting Services simplifies the BIS license application process, reduces administrative burden, and increases the likelihood of successful license acquisition. For any other questions regarding the BIS certification process for footwear, please contact Mr. Jeetin Gupta at +91-8700247513 now.