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Chemical Requirements for Derby Shoes and Sports Footwear Sold to Indian Markets

SafeGuardSSoftlinesSeptember 16, 2022

SG 107.22

The implementation of BIS compliance for footwear made and sold in India will become mandatory from July 1, 2023. As per the Quality Control Order on footwear products, Derby shoes and sports footwear will be brought under compulsory BIS certification.

The Quality Control Order mandating BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) compliance for footwear made for, and sold to, Indian markets has been deferred for another year. The Footwear Made from Leather and Other Materials (Quality Control) Order, 2022, will now become effective from July 1, 2023. All footwear manufacturers will need to obtain a BIS certificate, and all footwear products are required to comply with the Indian Standard (IS) and must bear the Standard Mark under a license from the Bureau. As per the Quality Control Order (QCO) on footwear products, IS 17043 for Derby Shoes and IS 15844 for Sports Footwear are two of the shoe styles included in the list. Derby shoes and sports footwear manufactured in, or imported to, India should comply with the Indian Standards (IS) on safety aspects such as mechanical and physical properties, as well as with the chemical requirements that have recently been updated.

The chemical requirements for IS 17043:2018 – Derby shoes, Clause 5.0, state that boot and their constituent materials shall be free from toxic and hazardous chemicals and shall meet the requirements specified in IS 17011:

Mandatory Restricted Chemical Substances
(Refer to IS 17011 Table 1)
Requirement (Refer to IS 17011 Table 1)
• Allergenic and carcinogenic disperse dyes< 1 mg/l
• Aromatic amines released from Azo dyes< 20 mg/kg
• Chromium (VI)< 3 mg/kg
• Dimethyl fumarate (DMFu)< 0.1 mg/kg
• FormaldehydeAdults: < 100 mg/kg (not in direct contact with skin)
< 75 mg/kg (direct contact with skin)
Children:­ < 20 mg/kg
• Organotin compoundsDBT/DOT/MBT­/MOT/Dibutyltin­ dichloride: < 5 mg/kg (each)
TBT/TPhT/Bis(tributyltin)oxide: < 1 mg/kg (each)
• Chlorinated phenolsPCP/TeCP/TriCP: < 0.5 mg/kg (each)
• pH valueNot less than 3.5. If less than 3.5, the difference of pH to dilution by a factor of 10­ (differential number), shall not be more than 0.6.
• PhthalatesDINP/DNOP/DEHP/DIDP/­BBP/DBP/DIBP:­­ < 500 mg/kg (each)
• Nickel Release < 0.5 μg/cm²/week­ (on skin contact)

Chemical requirements for IS 15844:2010 – Sports Footwear: refer to Table 6 for vamp and quarter lining:

Mandatory Restricted Chemical SubstancesRequirement
• pH value (for leather lining)Minimum of 3.2
• Chromium (VI) (for leather lining)Maximum of 3.0 mg/kg (should not be more than 3.0 mg/kg even after thermal pre-ageing)

Once the QCO with mandatory certification comes into force, notified footwear cannot be produced, imported, traded, or stocked unless it bears the Bureau of Indian Standard Mark. This mark assures that the product conforms to Indian Standards and is issued by the BIS, as per Scheme-I of Schedule II of the Bureau of India Standards (Conformity Assessment) Regulation, 2018.

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