SGS: Chemical Requirements for Derby Shoes and Sports Shoes Sold in Indian Markets


SG 107.22

Implementation of BIS compliance for footwear manufactured and sold in India will become mandatory from July 1, 2023. As per the Footwear Quality Control Ordinance, Derby shoes and sports shoes will be subject to mandatory BIS certification.

The quality control ordinance requiring BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) compliance for shoes manufactured and sold in Indian markets has been postponed for a year. The Leather and Other Materials Footwear (Quality Control) Ordinance 2022 will come into force on July 1, 2023. All footwear manufacturers will be required to obtain a BIS certificate, and all footwear products must comply with the Indian Standard ( IS) and must bear the standard mark under license from the Bureau. According to the quality control order (QCO) on footwear products, IS 17043 for Derby shoes and IS 15844 for sports shoes are two of the shoe styles included in the list. Derby shoes and sports shoes manufactured in or imported into India must comply with Indian Standards (IS) on safety aspects such as mechanical and physical properties, as well as chemical requirements which have recently been updated.

The chemical requirements for IS 17043:2018 – Derby ShoesClause 5.0, state that the boot and its constituent materials must be free of toxic and hazardous chemicals and must meet the requirements specified in IS 17011:

Chemicals subject to mandatory restrictions
(Refer to IS 17011 Table 1)

Requirement (see IS 17011 table 1)

• Allergenic and carcinogenic disperse dyes

• Aromatic amines released by azo dyes

• Chromium (VI)

• Dimethyl fumarate (DMFu)

• Formaldehyde

Adults: Children:

• Organotin compounds

DBT/DOT/MBT/MOT/dibutyltin dichloride: TBT/TPhT/bis(tributyltin) oxide:

• Chlorinated phenols


• pH

No less than 3.5. If it is less than 3.5, the difference between the pH and the dilution by a factor of 10 (differential number) must not be greater than 0.6.

• Phthalates


• Nickel release

Chemical requirements for IS 15844:2010 – Sports footwear: refer to Table 6 for the vamp and the lining of the quarters:

Chemicals subject to mandatory restrictions


• pH value (for leather lining)

Min of 3.2

• Chrome (VI) (for the leather lining)

Maximum of 3.0 mg/kg (should not exceed 3.0 mg/kg even after thermal pre-aging)

Once the QCO with Compulsory Certification comes into effect, the notified shoes can only be produced, imported, traded or stored if they bear the Bureau of Indian Standard Mark. This mark ensures that the product conforms to Indian standards and is issued by BIS in accordance with Scheme I of Schedule II of the Indian Bureau of Standards (Conformity Assessment) Regulations 2018.

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