Footwear Testing Services
Intertek delivers end-to-end footwear testing, inspection, auditing, advisory, training and quality assurance services with precision, enabling retailers, manufacturers and importers to ensure the safety, quality and performance of your footwear and leathergoods products.
Intertek's extensive footwear and leathergoods assurance, testing, inspection and certification capabilities offer Total Quality Assurance to our customers, enabling proactive evaluation of footwear at all stages of development and production, to ensure consistent product quality and speed to market. Testing the materials and components that make up the finished product, as well as evaluation of the complete shoe, helps ensure safety compliance, reduce returns, improve quality and enhance customer loyalty and satisfaction. Our accredited footwear testing labs are strategically located in key footwear manufacturing regions, offering global reach with local solutions.
- Footwear in-house lab accreditation program
- Fit assessment
- Anti-mould solution
- Footwear consultation
Our testing capabilities extend to all types of footwear, from athletic and children’s shoes to safety/PPE footwear and high-end designer shoes. Intertek is accredited to perform physical, mechanical and chemical testing to ensure the safety and performance of your footwear, including:
Physical performance testing, including:
- Slip and flex cracking resistance
- Sole bond adhesion, seam, heel attachment strength
- Components – zips, touch, close fasteners, and others
- Waterproof properties
- Whole shoe appraisal, etc.
Chemical testing, including:
- Restricted and hazardous substances – Chrome VI, formaldehyde, banned azo dyes, DMF, PCPs
- Chemical Smart Screening
- CPSIA compliance
- GB compliance (China)
Partnering with an independent inspection and testing entity enables you to identify and control quality concerns at the source whether inspection is conducted before, during and after production. Our inspectors have been well trained to inspect raw materials to be used, craftsmanship, production status, quantity, and more to ensure you will receive your sandals or handbags without unnecessary surprises.
Intertek’s Compliance Practitioners Initiative (CPI) offers a 5-day training program Compliance Practitioners Initiative (CPI) – Certified Footwear Inspector, which covers basic knowledge in footwear inspection. Upon completion, a certificate is awarded to participants fulfilling course requirement.