Intertek has developed an innovative High-Performance Mark program to help retailers, brands and manufacturers demonstrate the functional properties of apparel, activewear, textiles and footwear by verifying performance attributes through testing and also enabling you to communicate the benefits to your customers through labeling that bears the High-Performance Mark.

From wrinkle-free dress shirts and fade-resistant outdoor fabrics, to cooling bed sheets and waterproof hiking boots, consumers today are looking for the apparel, textiles and footwear they wear or use every day to not only be fashionable, but to also have functional properties that make their lives easier. Intertek can help you ensure the claims you make about your apparel, textile and footwear products are true and accurate with our High-Performance Mark program.

Intertek’s High-Performance Mark helps your products stand out among competing products in a crowded market. With the High-Performance Mark you can differentiate the functional performance of your apparel, textile and footwear products using the associated mark to help communicate features and benefits to your end-consumers.

High Performance Mark

Intertek currently offers verification to 37 functional properties for textiles and apparel and 12 for footwear, including antibacterial, breathable, odor-repellent, moisture wicking, shock absorbing, stain release and UV protection, to name a few. The complete list of performance descriptors can be viewed below:

Performance Descriptors for Textiles and Apparel

High Performance Mark

  • Absorbency
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-Down Leakage
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Anti-Radiation
  • Anti-Static
  • Anti-Weathering
  • Blood-Resistant
  • Breathable
  • Compression
  • Cool-Touch
  • Durable (Fabric and Garment)
  • Handfeel
  • Far-Infrared
  • Heat-Generating
  • High-Visibility
  • Leakage-Resistant
  • Liquid-Repellent
  • Moisture Management
  • Moisture Wicking
  • Odor-Repellent
  • Oil-Repellent
  • Opaque
  • Pathogen-Resistant
  • Quick-Dry
  • Stretchable
  • Stain Release
  • Thermal Comfort
  • UV Protection
  • Warm-Feel
  • Water-Repellent
  • Water-Resistant
  • Waterproof
  • Wind-Proof
  • Wind-Resistant
  • Wool-Comfort
  • Wrinkle-Free

Performance Descriptors for Footwear

High Performance Mark

  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Breathable
  • Cushioning
  • Durable
  • Moisture Wicking
  • Odor-Repellent
  • Oil-Repellent
  • Shock-Absorbing
  • Slip-Resistant
  • Thermal Insulation
  • Washable
  • Waterproof

The High-Performance Mark Program

Under the Program, products passing the pre-defined requirements will be provided with the High-Performance Mark trade dressing with the associated descriptors and certificate.

High Performance Mark    High Performance Mark
High Performance Mark
High-Performance Certificate

As there are no mandatory regulations for performance apparel, textiles and footwear in the market, the Intertek High-Performance Mark program fills a need by establishing standardized quality requirements. Read the details of the Intertek standard.

Application of Intertek High-Performance Mark

The High-Performance Mark provides “proof of quality labelling” for you to easily communicate with your customers the verified functional properties of products with a trace-and-track QR code linking to identifiable marks and certificates on our High-Performance Mark Directory. You can apply the Mark on clothing and footwear tags, website, mobile app, videos, brochures, look books, etc., for winning customers’ confidence and trust through third-party verification from Intertek – the world’s leading Total Quality Assurance solutions provider.

High Performance Mark for Clothing    High Performance Mark for Footwear    High Performance Mark for Printed Materials

High Performance Mark for Mobile Apps    High Performance Mark for Corporate Videos

If you are interested in bringing your High-Performance products into the China domestic market, a GB version of High-Performance Mark is also available in the local language.



The Intertek High-Performance Mark Program is a verification program covering the marketing of high-performance features of textile, apparel and footwear products. Application of the High-Performance Mark (HP Mark) on a product indicates that the samples tested by Intertek met the requirements established for specific high-performance functionalities as listed in the Program’s requirement table ( The verification of high-performance claims is based on the test results at the time of initial testing based on a selected sample. Applicants must ensure that a representative sample is provided to Intertek for testing. Also, if there is any change in design, material, processing, or sourcing of the product that may impact the property for which the HP Mark was issued, the applicant shall inform Intertek and submit a new application for the HP Mark.


Intertek’s responsibility and liability are limited to the terms and conditions of the Program’s agreement. Intertek assumes no liability to any party, other than to the Client, in accordance with the agreement, for any loss, expense or damage occasioned by the use of this information. Intertek is not responsible for the production quality control and does not relieve the Client of their obligations in this respect. Information provided in our HP Mark, Certificate and Testing Reports are proprietary to Intertek, and Intertek reserves the right to make any changes to the information at any time without notice or to withdraw the HP Mark and related information given for products in case the HP Mark becomes invalid.

High-Performance Mark for Apparel & Footwear Brochure

Learn more about High-Performance Mark program and how it demonstrates the functional properties of your apparel, activewear, textiles and footwear products to end customer.

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