Safety Footwear Testing Services

Intertek offers safety footwear testing and inspection as described in the European Personal Protective Equipment Directive (89/686/EEC)

Protective footwear intended to be used by individuals which is sold within the European Community is subject to the Personal Protective Equipment Directive. Intertek is licensed by BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) as a European notified body to carry out EC Type Examinations by assessment of technical files for products such as safety footwear, protective gloves, buoyancy aids for children, high visibility clothing, flame and fire retardant clothing, equestrian body protection, and motor cycle impact protection.

The CE Mark indicates that the personal protective equipment to which it is affixed complies with all the requirements that have been imposed upon it by means of the European PPE Directive (89/686/EEC). The CE Mark refers to the safety rather than the quality of a product.

Conformity is established by following clear and understandable procedures, as prescribed in the PPE directive. Intertek can guide you through the Certification process by:

  • Advising upon the Harmonised standard(s) that may be applicable to your PPE item;
  • Identifying locations where compliant testing can be performed by a competent authority;
  • Providing assistance with the format for a suitable technical file
  • Enabling you to meet your obligations in relation to the directive by providing training regarding preparation of the technical file and related documentation required for EC Type assessment.

Intertek is accredited to provide independent testing for a number of PPE items in support of your certification.


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