China Implements New Footwear Product Standard for Slippers

Top Quote A look at China’s new footwear product standard for slippers – QB/T 4552-2020. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 03, 2021 - The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued an updated version of its product standard for slippers – QB/T 4552-2020 – on December 9, 2020. This came into effect on April 1, 2021, thereby replaced the previous iteration – QB/T 4552-2013.

    QB/T 4552-2020 applies to all forms of daily use slipper, except disposable slippers.

    There are multiple updates brought in by the new standard. These include the following revisions:
    • Appearance quality requirements – must comply with GB/T 36975-2018, 5.2
    • Pull-out force of the upper band :
    o Cold gluing, sewing and gluing process – no less than 80N
    o Rivet assembly – no less than 50N
    o Torn material and band not pulled out from the bonding – no less than 30N/cm
    • Abrasion resistance of outsoles – length of abrasion – no more than 15.0mm (phenomenon of wearing through of the outsole shall not appear)
    • Slip resistance – if a slipper has anti-slip function, the wet dynamic friction coefficient must not be less than 0.4
    • Colorfastness to rubbing of lining and insock:
    o Suede and leather: wet, more than or equal to Grade 2
    o Leather, textile, fur, artificial wool and other materials: wet, more than or equal to Grade 3
    • Odor: less than or equal to Grade 3
    • Decomposable harmful aromatic amine dyes:
    o Textiles: no more than 20 mg/kg
    o Leather, fur: no more than 30 mg/kg
    • Free or partially hydrolytic formaldehyde content:
    o Direct contact to skin: no more than 75 mg/kg
    o No direct contact to skin: no more than 300 mg/kg
    o White sheared sheepskin: 600 mg/kg
    • Bonding durability of the upper to sole: no less than 25N/cm
    • Safety requires for infant and children’s slippers – must comply with GB 30585

    There are also modifications to the inspection items and qualification judgements, plus an added informative appendix – ‘list of harmful aromatic amine dyes’.

    Stakeholders are advised to check their products against the latest product standard.

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