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    Footwear/Leather product testing

        Since China entered the WTO, the economic globalization is developing faster and faster. The exporting trade of China made footwear/leather products is increasing fast. Technical barrier plays an important role in non-tariff barriers in international trade. EU countries and the US have been revising
    testing regulations and methods of footwear/leather products, setting up higher demands for quality

    EUs new rules for footwear eco-label2009/563/EC
        European Commission resolution No. 2009/563/EC issued on July 28, 2009 establishes new rules for EUs footwear eco-label, and 2002/231/EC currently in force will become invalid on March 31st, 2010. These revised new rules emphasize that the covered footwear includes the fixed external sole touching the ground and the apparel for protecting or covering feet.
        THE new regulations aims at controlling the use of VOC and toxic residues, and also spreading to a wider range. For instance, suppliers need to make sure there is no hexavalent chromium in foodwear/leather products, by submitting EN ISO 17075 testing reports to prove it. Meanwhile, suppliers need to submit testing reports proving there is no arsenic cadmium and lead in products. Meanwhile, in footwear and textile components, the free formaldehyde must be as small as non-detectable, and shoe letter parts are no more than 150ppm.
        For the usage of hazardous substances, the resolution banned the use of pentachlorophenol (PCP) and tetrachloro-phenol, aromatic amines and other 22 kinds of azo dyes in the list. In addition, the content of nitrosamines in the rubber must be small to non-detectable.
        In addition, the resolution also contains provisions of the final product packaging. Cardboard boxes should use 100% recycled materials, plastic bags must contain at least 75% of recycle materials, or to be biodegradable or corruptible material. In addition, suppliers must also provide ways to protect the environment and how to get more information about the EU eco-labels.
     

      Indicators

      Resolution 2002/231/EC

      Resolution 2009/563/EC

      Hexavalent chromium in finished products

      10ppm

      Not allowed to be containeddetection limit 3ppm

      Formaldehyde in textiles

      75ppm

      Not allowed to be containeddetection limit 20ppm

      Large leather water consumption

      No limitations

      35 m3/t

      Small leather water consumption

      No limitations

      55 m3/t

      Leather and textile wastewater COD

      Separate treatment or centralized urban sewage treatment results in reducing by 85%

      Less than 250mg/L in the case of direct dischargesatisfying the requirements of urban sewage pipe network

      Content of trivalent chromium in wastewater after leather treatment

      5 mg/L

      1 mg/L

      Chlorophenasic acid,
      Tetrachlorophenol and salt, esters in leather

      Not allowed to be containeddetection limit 5ppm

      Not allowed to be containeddetection limit 0.1ppm

      Part of R series dyes which are carcinogenic, induce reproductive mutation and are environmentally harmful
      Nil
      Part of H series substances complying with 1999/45/EC or 67/548/EECor satisfying
      1272/2008 requirements
      APE(alkylphenol polyoxyethylene), PFOSperfluorooctane sulfonate

      No requirement

      Use is prohibited

      Dyes causing skin allergy

      No requirement

      In compliance with 67/548/EEC or 1999/45/ECusing R43 is prohibitedin compliance with 1272/2008using H317 is prohibited

      Part of phthalate

      No requirement

      Use is permitted only to the extent of passing risk assessment when applying or complying with 67/548/EEC; DNOP, DINP, DIDP are not permitted to be used

      Biocides

      No requirement

      Only those permitted for use ?and authorized for use in footwear as specified in Appendix IA attached to 98/8/EC are permitted for use

      Volatile organic solvents VOCs

      Different limits for different kinds of shoes20-25g/pair

      20 g/pair for all

      Application of PVC

      Not permitted to be contained except in sole

      No requirement

      Raw materials for packaging carton

      80% recyclable

      100% recyclable

      Raw materials for plastic bag for packaging purpose ?

      Use of recyclable materials

      75% recyclable

      Information on package for consumers

      No requirement

      Declaration for environmentally sustainable development

      Content on eco-label

      No harmful substances contained

      Reduced content of harmful substances


          Other governing standards including without limitation

      •     Oko-Tex Standard 100(eco-textiles standard 100
      •     EU REACH ?
      •     U.S Consumer Product Safety Improvement ActCPSIA
      •    Dimethyl fumarateDMFLimitation DirectiveDirective 2009/251/EC
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          The following major testing items available
              PONY TEST Group is equipped with cutting-edge technology and expert team in the field of footwear/leather product testing and can provide multidimensional one-stop testing services covering footwear and leather products by means of rich experience in this industry, including but not limited to:

      •  PH value
      • ?  DMFdimethylformamide
      •   DMFdimethyl fumarate
      •   Formaldehyde
      •   Azo
      •   Pesticides preservatives and dyeing carrierssuch as chlorophenasic acid, 2, 3, 4, 6- tetrachlorophenol, 2, 4, 5- trichlorophenol, 2, 4- dichlorophenol, 2- chlorophenol, hexachlorobenzene, phenol, diphenol etc
      •    Heavy metals such as Cr(VI), Pb, Cd, As, Cu, Cr, Co, Ni, Zn and Hg, etc
      •    Phthalic acid ester
      •    Organic tin compounds
      •   Cancerogenic dyes