Published on: July 27, 2023

National Conclave on Standards & Regulations for Technical Textiles

National Conclave on Standards & Regulations for Technical Textiles

Why in news? Ministry of Textiles, under its flagship scheme National Technical Textiles Mission (NTTM), organized the 6th National Conclave on Standards & Regulations in association with FICCI and BIS, emphasizing on importance of Standards, Quality regulations & Rationalization of HSN codes for Technical Textiles in India


  • The event encompassed 5 technical sessions focusing on Standards and Regulations under specialized areas of Technical Textiles like Protective textiles, Geotextiles, Build tech, Oekotech, Medical textiles and in other emerging areas of Technical Textiles
  • Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) released 4 new standards during the conclave –
  • IS 18266 : 2023, Textiles — Medical Respirator — Specification,
  • IS 18309 : 2023 Geosynthetics — Prefabricated Vertical Drains for Quick Consolidation of  Very  Soft Plastic Soil — Specification,
  • IS 18158 : 2023 Textile — Floor Covering  – Artificial Grass Carpet made of Synthetic Yarn for Landscape — Specification and
  • IS 18161 : 2023, Textiles — Light Weight Jute Sacking Bags for Packing 50 kg Mustard Seed, Niger Seed and Ragi — Specification.

The need for standards and regulations:

  • Quality standards are critical for technical textile products, as these products are highly specialized and technical in nature.
  • Continuous formulation and revision of the standards for each product category and segment significantly impacts the consumption of technical textile products in India.
  • It will also support effective implementation of flagship schemes of Ministry of Textiles like, PM MITRA, Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme.

What are Technical Textiles?

  • Technical textiles are functional fabrics that have applications across various industries including automobiles, civil engineering and construction, agriculture, healthcare, industrial safety, personal protection etc.
  • Technical Textile products derive their demand from development and industrialization in a country.
  • Based on usage, there are 12 technical textile segments