Alerts & Updates 13th Apr 2023

BIS Update: Enforcement of Mandatory Certification for Textile Products

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Sanjay Notani Partner | Mumbai
Naghm Ghei Principal Associate | Delhi NCR
Mitul Kaushal Consultant | Delhi NCR

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  • Dear Reader,

    We are writing to you with an important update regarding mandatory registration requirements applicable to imports of various Textile products into India.

    Background The Government of India has on April 12, 2023 issued two Quality Control Orders for various Protective Textiles and GEO Textiles under Technical Textiles. Producers of this product will now require to mandatorily obtain BIS certification of their products.

    The relevant orders are available on the below link:

    Products concerned
    The date of entry into force of these new Quality Control Orders for the following textiles has been mentioned below:

    Sl.
    No.
    Indian Standard (IS) Goods or article (Protective Textiles) Enforcement date
    1 IS 15741 : 2007 Curtains and Drapes October 10, 2023
    2 IS 15768 : 2008 Upholstered  composites  used  for non-domestic furniture October 10, 2023
    3 IS 16890 : 2018 Protective clothing for firefighters October 10, 2023
    4 IS 16874 : 2018 Protective gloves for firefighters October 10, 2023
    5 IS 15748 : 2022 Protective  clothing  for  industrial workers exposed to heat October 10, 2023
    6 IS 15742 : 2007 Clothing  made  of  limited  flame spread    materials    and    material assemblies    affording    protection against heat and flame October 10, 2023
    7 IS 15809 : 2017 High visibility Warning Clothes October 10, 2023
    8 IS 16655 : 2017 Protective   Clothing   for   use   in welding and allied processes October 10, 2023
    9 IS 16725 : 2018 Tactical 3 point sling October 10, 2023
    10 IS 16726 : 2018 Pouch     for     ammunition     and grenades    made    of    disruptive pattern nylon-66 October 10, 2023
    11 IS 17051 : 2018 Bullet resistant jackets October 10, 2023
    12 IS 17286 : 2019 Water-proof    multipurpose    rain poncho October 10, 2023
    Sl.
    No.
    Indian Standard (IS) Goods or article (GEO Textiles) Enforcement date
    1 IS 15351 : 2015 Laminated  High  Density Polyethylene (HDPE)   Woven   Geomembrane   for Water Proof Lining October 10, 2023
    2 IS 15909 : 2020 Poly       Vinyl       Chloride       (PVC) Geomembranes October 10, 2023
    3 IS 16653 : 2017 Needle punched non-woven geobags October 10, 2023
    4 IS 16654: 2017 Polypropylene   Multifilament   woven geobags October 10, 2023
    5 IS 14715 (Part 1):2016 Jute Geotextiles October 10, 2023
    6 IS 14715 (Part 2):2016 Jute Geotextiles October 10, 2023
    7 IS 15869 : 2020 Open Weave Coir Bhoovastra October 10, 2023
    8 IS 16391 : 2015 Geotextiles      used      in      sub-grade separation in pavement structures October 10, 2023
    9 IS 16393 : 2015 Geotextiles      used      in     Subsurface Drainage Application October 10, 2023
    10 IS 16362 : 2020 Geotextiles      used      in      Sub-grade Stabilisation in pavement structures October 10, 2023
    11 IS 16352 : 2020 High   Density   Polyethylene   (HDPE) Geomembranes for lining October 10, 2023
    12 IS 16090:2013 Geotextiles   used   as   protection   (or cushioning) materials October 10, 2023
    13 IS 16392:2015 Geotextiles    for    permanent    erosion control in hard armor systems October 10, 2023
    14 IS 17371:2020 Geogrids for flexible pavements October 10, 2023
    15 IS 17372:2020 Polymeric strip or geostrip used as soil reinforcement in retaining structures October 10, 2023
    16 IS 17373:2020 Geogrids    used    in    reinforced    soil retaining structures October 10, 2023
    17 IS 17374:2020 Reinforced    HDPE    membrane    for effluents    and    chemical    resistance lining October 10, 2023
    18 IS 17483 (Part 1):2020 Geocells October 10, 2023
    19 IS 17483 (Part 2):2020 Geocells October 10, 2023

    For a BIS master database including registration requirements applicable in all sectors, please Click here

    Next Steps As per the notifications, producers of these textile product will now have to secure BIS certification before these Orders come into force. Once these Orders come into force, both domestic and foreign manufacturers of these products will only be able to export/sell in India with a valid BIS license in place.

    To obtain such license, both foreign producers and domestic manufacturers of these products would need to submit an application to the BIS seeking certification. Furthermore, the process of certification will also require physical testing and inspection of the relevant Textiles at the factory premises as well as parallel testing by a BIS authorised laboratory in India to verify the same. BIS certification is a time-consuming process and therefore it is recommended that interested producers make applications for certification at the earliest in cases wherein Quality Control Orders have been issued and are pending enforcement.

    For any queries or comments on this update, please feel free to contact us at insights@elp-in.com.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this document is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal opinion or advice. This document is not intended to address the circumstances of any individual or corporate body. Readers should not act on the information provided herein without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the facts and circumstances of a situation. There can be no assurance that the judicial/quasi-judicial authorities may not take a position contrary to the views mentioned herein.