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Scheme of Inspection and Testing (SIT) for ISI Mark optional for Small Footwear Manufacturers

18. January 2024

In an announcement on September 14, 2023 the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) made important changes to the Product Manuals for various consumer footwear and footwear components that relate to BIS Certification. The changes provide greater flexibility to micro and small manufacturers by making compliance with the Scheme of Inspection and Testing (SIT) optional in certain areas.

Under the revised guidance, the following SIT requirements are considered optional for micro and small manufacturers:

  1. Laboratory requirements (clause 1): The requirement to maintain an adequately equipped and staffed laboratory will not be mandatory.
  2. Test protocols (clause 2): The requirement to maintain test records will not be mandatory.
  3. Control unit (clause 4) and control levels (clause 5): The performance of tests as specified under the control levels will be optional.

These amendments apply to a range of consumer footwear and footwear components, including the following footwear:

  • Sandals and Slippers (IS 6721:2023)
  • Hawaii Chappals (IS 10702:2023)
  • Sports Footwear (IS 15844:2010, IS 15844 (Part 1):2023, IS 15844 (Part 2):2023)
  • Canvas Shoes and Boots with Rubber Sole (IS 3735:1996, IS 3736:1995)
  • Molded Solid Rubber Soles and Heels (IS 5676:1995)
  • Rubber Microcellular Sheets for Soles and Heels (IS 6664:1992)
  • Solid PVC Soles and Heels (IS 6719:1972)
  • Polyurethane Sole, Semirigid (IS 13893:1994)

It is important to note that while these specific requirements are optional, all entities, including micro and small manufacturers, must continue to ensure compliance with Indian Standards and SIT related to packaging and labeling and rejection. In addition, the other BIS-ISI Certification requirements for obtaining the BIS Certificate continue to apply.

If you are interested in understanding what requirements are needed for your product to be imported into India, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone (Europe: +49-69-271 37 69 261, US: +1 773 654-2673). There is no cost or obligation for us to check for you. If a certification need is discovered we can provide a quotation to make sure that all your certification needs are covered.

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MPR Author

About the author: Verena Numssen is managing director of MPR International GmbH
Publisher: MPR International GmbH

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