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Indian footwear quality control orders starting in July

India’s new quality control orders will affect sellers, manufacturers and importers of footwear.

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The Indian government’s union minister of commerce and industry is reported to have confirmed that following a number of deferments since 2020, ‘quality control orders’ (QCOs) for leather and non-leather footwear will be implemented on 1st July 2023. From that date, all notified products – which also include toys, helmets, air conditioners, refrigerators, domestic cookers, LPG gas stoves, safety glass and wheel rims – will have to conform to the relevant Indian standard.

Manufacturers of these products will be required to obtain certification from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). According to a statement issued by the Ministry, after that date, “no person shall manufacture, import, distribute, sell, hire, lease, store or exhibit for sale any product(s) covered under the QCO without a standard mark, except under a valid certification from BIS.”

A total of 115 quality control orders covering 493 products have so far been notified. An additional 58 draft quality control orders for 316 standards are currently being processed at various stages, and 675 products are under consideration by by 14 different ministries within the government.

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This article was originally published on page 3 of the May 2023 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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