In an effort to raise the quality of these products and make sure they correspond to international standards, the textile ministry announced on Tuesday that two Quality Control Orders (QCOs) for 31 items—19 geo textiles and 12 protective textiles—had been launched.

Technical fabrics are chosen for their practical, not aesthetic, qualities. Among other things, protective textiles include jackets that can withstand bullets, upholstered composites used for non-domestic furniture, protective clothes and gloves for firefighters and industrial employees exposed to heat. Laminated high density polyethylene (HDPE), PVC geo membranes, needle-punched non-woven geobags, among other goods, are examples of geotextiles.

The Centre believes that introducing the QCOs is vital in the interest of the public to increase the level and calibre of protective and geotextiles for defending the environment, human health, and the health of animal and plant life. According to a Tuesday official statement, “Protective textiles are utilised to preserve human life from hazardous and unfavourable working circumstances, whereas geo textiles are employed for environmental applications and infrastructure projects.

After 180 days from the date of its publication in the official gazette, the QCOs will go into effect right away. In accordance with World Trade Organization (WTO) standards, the evaluation requirements under these QCOs apply to both domestic and foreign producers who seek to export their products to India.

In two more phases, the ministry of textiles will also issue more QCOs. 28 articles, 22 items of QCOs, two additional Six items for medicinal textiles and agricultural textiles have been planned. More than 30 technical textiles goods will be taken into consideration for QCO issuance in the third phase.