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Product Certification


Our auditors are also your partners in the area of product certification. We certify compliance of products with legal requirements, issue EC type-examination certificates for CE marking, and offer GS and SG marking services.


Since 2017, the PFI is a member of the OEKO-TEX® Community, which authorizes the certification of leather and leather goods according to the Leather Standard by OEKO-TEX®.


The PFI has developed its own "Inspected Footwear" label specifically for the footwear industry. The tests for harmful substances go far beyond legal requirements. Further test criteria are comfort in wear, quality of workmanship, and fit. This label is a valuable orientational aid for the consumer. And a powerful selling point for the manufacturer.



LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® is a certification system for leather and leather products, which is of relevance for tanneries, leather goods manufacturers and traders, and sourcing offices. Following products at all processing levels can be certified:


  • Finished articles: clothing, shoes, handbags, gloves, accessories, covers
  • Semi-finished products: wet-blue, wet-white, crust etc.
  • Finished leather and leather fibre materials


Precondition for the Certification

All parts of an article must meet the required criteria – in addition to the leather, for example, also:


  • Textile parts, such as textile fabrics, sewing threads, inserts, prints, labels
  • Non-textile accessories, such as buttons, zip fasteners, rivets 

For the leather materials apply conditions and criteria of the latest valid LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®. For non-leather components - of the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.


Intended Use of Leathers or Leather Products

The greater the degree of skin contact with a product and the more sensitive the skin, the stricter the human-ecological requirements that have to be complied with. Accordingly, a distinction is made between four product classes:


  • Product class I
    Products for babies and toddlers up to 3 years age:
    leather clothing, leather gloves, crawling sheepskin, fur
  • Product class II
    Products that are worn close to the skin:
    leather trousers/-jackets, leather underwear
  • Product class III
    Products used away from the skin
    lined leather jackets/overcoats, leather handbags, leather belts
  • Product class IV
    Decoration/Furnishing materials
    upholstery leather covers


 What Does LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® Take into Consideration?


  • European and international legislation concerning, for example, prohibited azo dyes, chromium(VI), formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel liberation, perfluorooctanesulphonic acid (PFOS)
  • Numerous hazardous chemicals, even if they are not yet subject to statutory regulations
  • Requirements of Annexes XIV and XVII of the European chemicals regulation REACh and the ECHA SVHC candidate list, in so far as they are of relevance for leather and leather goods
  • Requirements of the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) relating to lead
  • Numerous environmentally relevant substance classes such as alkylphenol ethoxylates


 Your way to LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® Certificate at PFI

OEKO-TEX® – New Regulations for 2018


LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® - Questions & Answers


LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® - Declaration of Conformity



LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® - Supplement Special Articles

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® - Application for Supplements Special Articles & PPE

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® - Declaration of Conformity for Supplement Special Articles


Your Contact Person:

Jutta Knels

Phone:+49 151 27044303




PPE: Maximum safety guaranteed

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is designed to protect workers from injury at work. The PPEs must comply with the essential safety and health requirements of the Act on the Safety of Technical Facilities and Equipment. EU legislation ensures that these products offer the highest level of protection.


We check personal protective equipment (PPE) and individual components according to the required safety guidelines.


The PFI is a notified certification body for foot, leg and since 2015 also eye protection.


The certification body as a notified body in accordance with Article 9 of the EC Directive 89/686 / EEC is entitled to issue EU type examination certificates in the following areas.


Foot and leg protection


  • Safety shoes according to EN 345-1 and 345-2
  • Professional shoes according to EN 346-1 and 346-2
  • Protective shoes according to EN 347-1 and 347-2
  • Individual foot and leg protection according to EU Directive 89/686 / EEC


Eye protection and spectacles


  • Testing protective glasses for conformity to EN 166
  • Testing sunglasses for conformity to EN ISO 12312-1
  • Testing spectacle frames for conformity to EN 12870
  • Testing ready to wear spectacles to EN 14139
  • Testing spectacle lenses for conformity to EN 14889


This includes consulting and support for the customers


  • On the possible implementation of new models
  • Changes in standards and applications




You can learn more about certifications of eye protection here:


Contact person: 
Certification and Quality Management
Dr. rer. nat. Sigurd Riemer
Phone: +49 (0)6331 24 90 805

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