SGS Publishes Overview of New Chinese Footwear Sizing Product Standard

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, is advising stakeholders that China will officially implement its new shoe size standard on May 1, 2023.

‘GB/T 43293-2022 Shoe Size’ was issued by the Administration of Market Supervision and Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on October 12, 2022. It applies to all types of footwear and replaces the previous iteration, GB/T 3293.1-1998.

Changes brought in by the new standard include revisions to scope, terms, definitions and the fundamental characteristics of the sizing system. There are also additions, including to the format for marking footwear, and deletions, including to the method for determining shoe size.

SGS has published SafeGuardS 001.23 to help manufacturers and retailers understand the changes being introduced by the implementation of GB/T 43293-2022. It includes a table that contains an overview of the main technical requirements in GB/T 43293-2022, including:

– Method for expressing shoe sizing
– Footwear marking format
– Location of marking
– Form of marking

For more information, stakeholders are advised to review SGS’s original SafeGuardS 001.23.

GB/T 43293-2022 is modified from ISO 9407:2019 – Footwear sizing – Mondopoint system of sizing and marking.

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SGS has a worldwide network of over 40 state-of-the-art laboratories, including 10 in China, specializing in testing of apparel, footwear, and home textiles. Their committed team is drawn from multi-disciplinary backgrounds, allowing them to conduct a comprehensive range of physical, chemical, and functional testing services for components, materials and finished products. SGS helps companies ensure quality, performance, and compliance with international, industrial, and regulatory standards worldwide. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Learn more about SGS’s Softlines Services.

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full China Updates Footwear Product Standard for Shoe Sizing – GB/T 43293-2022 SafeGuardS.

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For further information contact:

Louann Spirito
Consumer and Retail – Softlines
US & Canada Softlines Business Head
Tel: +1 973 461 7919
LinkedIn: sgs-consumer-goods-&-retail

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