Upcoming Chinese footwear mandatory standards

2021-10-27

The China government will issue two mandatory footwear standards in the near future. One is safety technical specifications for infants’ and children’s footwear, and the other is general safety requirements for adults’ footwear. 

 

There will be an expected grace period of 24 months after the release date of the standards. Although both the old and new mandatory standards will be effective at the same time during this transition period, it is recommended that manufacturers carry out quality control according to the new standards. Once the grace period ends, all footwear in the market including inventories shall meet the requirements of the new standards. 

 

1.    Safety technical specifications for infants’ and children’s footwear, which is intended for footwear for infants and children of age 14 and under, will replace some existing mandatory standards and become the main mandatory standard of children’s footwear in China market. The standard covers requirements for both physical safety performance and chemical substances restriction. The physical safety performance requirements include no broken needle, sharp edge and sharp point, effective heel height restriction and small part hazards of infant shoes. The restriction of chemical substances include chromium VI, banned azo dyes, formaldehyde, heavy metals, dimethyl fumarate, chlorinated phenols, N-nitrosamine, phthalate and short chain chlorinated paraffin. 

 

2.    General safety requirements for adults’ footwear will replace some existing mandatory standards and become the main mandatory standard of adults’ footwear in China market. The standard covers requirements for chemical substances restriction, including chromium VI, banned azo dyes, formaldehyde, heavy metals, dimethyl fumarate, chlorinated phenols, phthalate and short chain chlorinated paraffin. 

 

Stay tuned to our technical bulletins once these mandatory standards are formally released if you have footwear being sold in China market. 

 

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Bureau Veritas, 27 October 2021
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