The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), a standards body under Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, is all set to make ISI certification mandatory for kids wear items in order to provide safety to children who wear such apparels.
As a prelude to it, the BIS has commenced the process of fixing standards for ISI certification taking into account the raw material quality, dimensional stability, weight of the apparel vis-à-vis the size, and other safety norms.
“At present, ISI certification is given only for certain types of apparels like panties, briefs, gents inner wear and T-shirts (both with collar and without collar) but not for kids wears,” V. Gunasekaran, a senior ISI consultant for South India Hosiery Manufacturers Association (SIHMA), pointed out to The Hindu .
To evolve the norms/standards, the BIS officials are in the process of deliberating with different stakeholders in various apparel clusters to get a feed back before coming out with final draft of the certification standards.
From Tirupur cluster, the office bearers of SIHMA, apparel manufacturers, and technocrats from different bodies under Union Textiles Ministry as well as research organisations situated in the city and its hinterlands, have submitted their views.
Mr. Gunasekaran is of the view that evolving of fixed standards could significantly improve the quality of the kids wear considering the certain concerns existing in the production of such apparels.
SIHMA president A.C. Eswaran added that kids wear market in the country was pegged at Rs 38,000 crore, nearly 25 per cent of the overall domestic apparel market, and hence, it was apt time to focus on its quality.