Footwear and its labelling
Footwear comprises all products with an added sole which are used to protect or cover the foot, including its components that can be sold separately. These are: the upper, the sock and the outsole.
Regulations on footwear labelling determine that for protecting and notifying the public and ensuring legal interest of the industry, footwear must be labelled with the following data:
- pictograms or written markings of the main components of footwear, and
- pictograms or written markings of materials, referring to the main components of footwear.
Pictograms or written markings are used to label the main components of footwear in accordance with Appendix I/1 of the Rules relating to the labelling of materials used for the main components of footwear and intended for sale to consumers:
Pictograms or written markings are used to label the materials of footwear in accordance with Annex I/2 of the Rules on the labelling of materials used in the main components of footwear for sale to the consumer:
Labelling the product or item type and sizes are not mandatory.
Labels are indicated on footwear, i.e. on at least one piece of footwear in a pair or on the packaging. Labels can be attached as pictograms or written markings. Labels can be printed or in the form of a sticker, stamp or attached label, or on the packaging. Pictograms must correspond to those indicated in Annex I. Labels must be visible, safely attached and simply accessible; pictogram dimensions must be large enough so that the information on them is understandable. All labels, regardless of whether they are printed, in the form of a sticker, stamp or attached label, may not interfere with the product image. All labels, except stamps, must be simply removable.
Premises where footwear is sold in the retail market must contain notifications on the importance of pictogram symbols for materials and the main components of footwear and sizes. Such a notification is presented in Annex III of the Rules on the labelling of materials used in the main components of footwear for sale to the consumer: In addition to the pictograms of main footwear components and material pictograms of the main footwear components, the notification must also contain a table of different sizing systems for various types of footwear:
The supplier shall label footwear at own responsibility and shall be obliged to indicate true data, the seller shall ensure that the sold footwear is appropriately labelled as determined in the Rules on the labelling of materials used in the main components of footwear for sale to the consumer.
The supervision over the implementation of the regulation in the market is implemented by the:
Doubts about the correctness of the statements regarding the product during inspection
If there is any doubt about the accuracy of statements regarding the product that arises during inspection, the inspector can demand the appropriate reports or send the considered product for testing to a laboratory that fulfils the following conditions:
- has technically and professionally qualified employees with appropriate education and experience for testing;
- has appropriate testing equipment;
- is not a supplier nor a buyer of tested products.