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Taiwan - Footwear Standards for Leather Shoes

With increased consumer goods compliance inspections launched by Taiwan’s Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI), consumers are becoming more conscious about their health and the safety of the daily necessities that they use. A good quality pair of shoes is an indispensable part of our life. BSMI has introduced a number of technical standards concerning the safety of footwear products. Two of these voluntary standards are Chinese National Standards – CNS 10632[1] and CNS 8634[2], which indicate the basic chemical and quality requirements of leather shoes in the Taiwan market.

CNS 10632 (Leather Shoes) applies to shoes with leather vamp materials and for general leather shoes with combined sole and heel, but excluding those with a single shoe sole. CNS 8634 (Leather Casual Shoes) applies to leather casual shoes that use rubber or plastics as the shoe sole and leather as the shoe vamp (area of leather on shoe vamp is more than 50%), including those with a single shoe sole. Both CNS standards cover hazardous substances requirements (see Table 1), as well as physical performance requirements (see Table 2).

ItemRequirementTest Method
Azo dyes (in upper materials and lining materials)n.d. (<30 mg/kg)CNS 15204
Phthalates (in foamed plastic outsole)DEHP+DBP+BBP+ DINP+DIDP+DNOP
< 0.1% (w/w)
CNS 15138
Cr(VI) (in upper materials and lining materials)n.d. (<3 mg/kg)CNS 15331 annex A
Dimethyl Fumarate< 0.1 mg/kgCNS 15331 annex B
Table 1 – Chemical requirements for CNS 10632 & CNS 8634

Table 2 – Physical requirements for CNS 10632 & CNS 8634

Both our Taiwan SGS Kaohsiung Chemical lab and Taichung Footwear Physical lab have full capability to perform quality tests on leather shoes in accordance with the CNS requirements.

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[1] CNS 10632

[2] CNS 8634

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