Every year global shoe production amounts to an impressive 17 billion pairs. Shoe manufacturing consists of over one hundred processes and requires new materials to be selected each season. In some production stages – such as printing and finishing –, this involves using chemical substances that are potentially dangerous for both people and the environment. Over the years, consumers have grown increasingly concerned about potential damages deriving from these chemical substances; this in turn has led public authorities to adopt more stringent regulations in this connection.
Consequently, the footwear industry is required to adjust to ever more rigorous requirements which may vary in different countries (for example, REACH in the EU, CPSIA in the USA). Failure to comply with such regulations may result in product recalls, sanctions from public authorities, loss of potential sales and profit in addition to the negative impact on a brand’s reputation and its success.
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TÜV SÜD mark for footwear is issued at the end of a comprehensive testing programme based on European and American regulations and designed to investigate the presence of potentially harmful chemical substances.
The testing programme also verifies the substances included in the RSLs (Restricted Substance List) of major retail chains.
Testing activities are combined with production site inspections to the end of ensuring the proper execution of all processes involved. Next, TÜV Italia performs technical evaluations of final test and inspection reports.
TÜV SÜD mark
The TÜV SÜD mark for footwear is stamped directly on products in compliance to the current regulations.
Validity of certification
The validity of the TÜV SÜD mark for footwear is verified on a yearly basis through periodical production site inspections and random tests on finished products.