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FDRA Releases First Product-Safety Guide

The trade association has created a manual that covers chemical and physical testing requirements.

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The Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America released its Global Footwear Product Safety Guide today. The first of its kind, the manual covers chemical and physical testing requirements and suggests certain protocols for the industry.

Working with Tüv Süd, an international firm that specializes in safety testing, the FDRA created this initiative to streamline how shoe firms address safety.

"The problem our industry faces is that multiple companies are interpreting regulations and what is relevant to product safety for the footwear category differently," Josue Solano, chairman of the FDRA's product safety enhancement committee, said in a statement. "This imbalance is causing confusion at the factory level and hurting our ability to more effectively make products safer for our consumers."

The trade association's aim was to provide the industry with a consistent scale to demystify a confusing topic, Solano continued. The guide is structured in tiers to break down how chemicals are regulated, as well as what physical testing is required internationally — sometimes by law.

FDRA President Matt Priest added, "Our strategic partnership with Tüv Süd … includes an ever-growing comprehensive product safety program, which incorporates workshops around the globe and new in-depth products and services to help the industry better understand shifting regulations related to product safety."

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