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On 10th July 2017, the Turkish Ministry of Economy added chromium VI and organotin-dioctyltin (DOT) to their list of restricted substances for the footwear sector, which already states requirements and limits for phthalates. These new restricted substance limits apply to all imported footwear products to Turkey that are subject to market surveillance. BLC can carry out footwear testing and chemical testing on footwear products to verify the chemical content of the below restricted substances:


Chromium VI Limits in Leather

Chromium VI should not exceed < 3 mg/kg and applies to all assessible leather parts of footwear, whether it comes into contact with the skin or not.

Test your leather footwear for chrome VI


Organotin – Dioctyltin (DOT) Limits

DOT should not exceed < 0.1% of the footwear product that comes into contact with skin.

Test your footwear products for organotins


Phthalates Limits in Plastics

All the following phthalates should not exceed < 0.1% of the total footwear product:

  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  • Diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP)
  • Diisononyl phthalate (DINP)
  • Di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP)

Test your footwear products for phthalates


BLC Restricted Substance Testing

BLC can provide your business with assurance that your footwear products comply with the latest chemical regulations through restricted substance testing.

At BLC, we can test your footwear products and samples for chromium VI, organotin – dioctyltin (DOT), phthalates and many other restricted substances and Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs).


BLC Footwear Testing Services

In addition to chemical testing of footwear products, BLC can also carry out physical quality testing on men’s, women’s and children’s shoes to CEN, ISO, TM standards at our UKAS accredited laboratory based in the UK.

View our full range of footwear testing services below:


Contact BLC Today

If you need to discuss your footwear testing and/or chemical testing requirements, contact BLC’s team of experts on +44 (0)1604 679999 or email BLC via

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