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On April 1, 2018, China’s new casual shoes product standard – QB/T 2955-2017 – came into effect, replacing QB/T 2955-2008. The new standard was issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on November 7, 2017.

The product standard covers adult casual shoes that are used daily but no longer covers high-heeled shoes (women’s shoes with heel height above 20.0mm and heel breast above 8.0mm; men’s shoes with heel above 25.0mm and heel breast height above 10.0mm).

The primary differences between the new version and the 2008 version are:

  • Revision of scope
  • Casual shoe definition revised
  • High-class grade requirements deleted
  • Odor and outsole flexing resistance at cold temperature requirements added
  • Whole shoe flexing requirements revised
  • Bonding durability of upper-sole requirements revised, with condition that the material is torn but still bonded
  • Flexing index of fiberboard requirements removed
  • Decomposable carcinogenic arylamines dyes requirements revised
  • Formaldehyde requirements revised to with contact to skin and without contact to skin

To learn more about the changes, view our original Safeguard 062/18, or contact your local SGS office.

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