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Build Sneakers – Compliance Cheat Sheet

Sep 08, 2023 Build Sneakers – Compliance Cheat Sheet


Step confidently into the footwear industry with our Sneakers Compliance Cheat Sheet. Tailored for Canada, the European Union, and India, this guide unpacks labeling specifics, safety standards, chemical limitations, testing prerequisites, certification processes, and waste management regulations to help you stay strides ahead in the industry.

With this comprehensive compliance guide, you can confidently navigate these diverse markets, ensuring your sneakers are not just fashionable but also compliance-ready.

This Cheat Sheet Covers:

  1. Canada
    Canadian consumers appreciate quality and safety. Our cheat sheet offers insights into labeling finesse, safety standards tailored to the Canadian lifestyle, chemical restrictions, essential testing prerequisites, and eco-conscious waste management guidelines.
    Ensure your sneakers brand provides both comfort and compliance in Canada’s market.
  2. European Union
    EU regulations demand attention to detail. Our cheat sheet demystifies labeling nuances, safety benchmarks harmonizing with European preferences, chemical limitations, mandatory testing and certification requirements, and sustainable waste management practices.
    Make your sneakers a hit in the European Union while adhering to compliance.
  3. India
    The Indian market is vast and dynamic. Our cheat sheet provides a thorough understanding of labeling essentials, safety standards catering to Indian tastes, chemical restrictions, mandatory testing prerequisites, and eco-conscious waste management directives.
    Keep your sneakers brand both stylish and compliant in India’s fashion-conscious market.

Meet The Authors

Stacey Bowers, Manager, Global Market Access, Compliance & Risks

Stacey Bowers, MILS, is the Manager of Compliance & Risks’ Global Market Access team.

Stacey is a self-described “law nerd” with nearly 20 years’ experience consulting on international consumer products regulations and standards. She has extensive knowledge of analytical, labeling, safety and testing issues applicable to apparel, cosmetics, food, food contact articles, footwear, giveaways/ incentives/ premiums, home textiles, jewelry, juvenile products and toys.

Stacey and her team of 10 librarians and lawyers produce current, comprehensive and customized research to address strategic business needs for retailers and manufacturers, including entering new geographic markets; facilitating education and training throughout the supply chain; and development of global best practices around regulatory compliance.

Kim Plassche, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Global Market Access, Compliance & Risks

Kim Plassche is a Senior Regulatory Consultant on the Global Market Access team at Compliance & Risks, Ltd., where she researches and monitors international product safety legislation for custom client reports.

Kim is a librarian by training, with 18 years of experience and a Master of Library Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. Prior to taking on her C&R role, she served as Map Librarian at her alma mater.

Kim has also worked in public and private libraries, including at a consumer products testing company, where she researched regulations and standards for internal and external clients.