Footwear companies are facing compliance challenges

Footwear companies are facing compliance challenges

Footwear companies are facing ever higher levels of compliance challenges thanks to increasing regulation, according to new research.

In its 2014 Global Product Safety Guidebook, Understanding Chemical and Physical Requirements for Footwear, the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) says: “As regulations and test methods continue to impact the footwear industry, companies are facing compliance challenges throughout the global footwear supply chain.”

In the past year, US states Minnesota and Vermont have issued or considered new regulations to restrict or prohibit the use of potentially harmful chemicals in consumer products.

Meanwhile, the EU REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Candidate List includes 155 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs).

The FDRA calculates that the number of recall cases over physical or mechanical hazards in shoes was up rapidly last year in the US and Europe, leading it and TÜV SÜD to include a comprehensive physical testing matrix for the first time to help footwear firms ensure the physical quality and integrity of their products.