Regulations of Footwear & Leather products

 The European Union and the United States are two significant markets for footwear & leather products from China, and they lead the world in technical standards of footwear & leather products. However, there is no specialized regulation on footwear & leather products in EU and US, except that many product safety regulations are equally apply to footwear & leather products with strict requirements. Compared to the EU and US, the footwear & leather products regulations in China contain specialized footwear & leather standards and requirements indifferent materials, leading to more systematic technical specifications for footwear & leather products. The main regulations of footwear and leather products in EU, US and China are listed below.

Regulations of Footwear & Leather products

Regulations of Footwear & Leather products

RegionRegulationScopeTesting Item
EUREACH (1907/2006/EC)  Article 33ArticleSVHC
REACH (1907/2006/EC)  Annex 17 Item 20Coating, Ink,  plastic, rubber, synthetic leather, textileOrganic tin
REACH (1907/2006/EC)  Annex 17 Item 23Metal,  Coating, plastic, rubber, synthetic leatherCadmium
REACH (1907/2006/EC)  Annex 17 Item 27Metal and metal coating intended to come into direct  and prolonged contact with the skinNickel release
REACH (1907/2006/EC)  Annex 17 Item 43Textiles, leather, synthetic  leather come into contact with skinAZO Dyes
REACH (1907/2006/EC)  Annex 17 Item 46aTextilesNPEO
REACH (1907/2006/EC)  Annex 17 Item 47Leather come into contact with skinCr (VI)
REACH (1907/2006/EC)  Annex 17 Item 50Coating, Ink,  plastic, rubber, synthetic leather come into contact with skinPAHs
REACH (1907/2006/EC)  Annex 17 Item 51Plasticized  materialPhthalates
REACH (1907/2006/EC)  Annex 17 Item 61Preservative desiccant,  leatherDMFu
REACH (1907/2006/EC)  Annex 17 Item 72Clothing  and related accessories, other textiles and footwear that come into contact  with the skin33  carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxicity classes 1A and 1B listed in  Annex 12 (CMR-1A & 1B substances)
(EU) 2019/1021-POPsWaterproof  processing of textiles, leather synthetic leatherPFOS&PFOA
(EU) 2019/1021-POPsPlastic,  rubber, leather, synthetic leatherSCCP
German  Chemical Prohibition Regulation,(EU) 2019/1021-POPsNatural textiles and leatherPCP
USACPSIAChildren’s  products, including but not limited to toys, garment, childcare articles and  children’s furnitureLead
Toys and child  care articlesPhthalates
California Proposition  65Metal,  coating, leather, synthetic leather, plastic, rubberLead
Coating, plastic,  rubber, synthetic leatherPhthalates
ChinaGB 30585This standard  is applicable to footwear worn by children 14 years of age and younger  and where the shoe size is not larger than 250 mmSharp nail  tip, Broken needle
Sharp edge,  Sharp point
Small part (Infant’s  shoe)
Accessories  strength (Infant’s shoe)
Technical heel  height
Dimethyl  fumarate (DMFU)
Chromium (VI)
N-nitrosamines  in rubber (Infant’s shoe)
Harmful  aromatic amine
Total content of  heavy metal
GB 20400The Fur and  LeatherFormaldehyde
Harmful aromatic amine
GB 21550PVC synthetic leatherVinyl chloride  monomer
Soluble heavy  metal


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