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Your organization aims to import and develop its products’ sales in the U.S.A.? The first thing to check is your products compliance with the American laws and regulations. 

Physical & chemical USA Standard for fashion, luxury, sport, distribution and PPE goods

Testing solutions for importing consumer goods to U.S.A. (Fashion, Luxury, sport, distibution and PPE goods)


From the federal regulatory framework enforced by different agencies across the country to the voluntary standards required by the American customers, the compliance review may be fastidious and time taking.
CTC, your specialist quality service provider for the footwear, leather goods, textile & protective equipment industries assists you in this process by recommending the quality requirement and by testing the relevant standards applicable to your product’s category and its final use.

Below is an overview of our laboratories’ capacities:


Testing solutions for US federal regulations - Mandatory

  • Mandatory Safety standards for consumer products (product hazards & hazardous substances)*.

Non exhaustive list



Flammability of Wearing Apparels or Interior Furnishings

16 CFR PART 1610

Flammability of Children’s Sleepwear: Sizes 0 through 6X

16 CFR Part 1615

Flammability of Children’s Sleepwear: Sizes 7 through 14

16 CFR Part 1616

Small parts (before and after use & abuse) <3 years

16 CFR 1501

Sharp point (before and after use & abuse) <8 years

16 CFR 1500.48

Sharp edge (before and after use & abuse) <8 years

16 CFR 1500.49

Use & Abuse test of toys and other articles intended for use by children.

16 CFR 1500.51
16 CFR 1500.52
16 CFR 1500.53

Total Lead content in children’s products*

CPSC-CH-E1001-08.3 (metal)
CPSC-CH-E1002-08.3 (non-metal)
CPSC-CH-E1003-09.9 (surface coating)

Phthalates content in children’s toys and child care articles*


*Our laboratories are accredited by CPSC (United States Consumer Product Safety Commission) for all the above tests


  • Mandatory Standards for protective footwear*



Safety footwear

ASTM F2412 (test methods) & ASTM F2413 (specification: I, C, EH, Cd, SD, PR)

Soft toe protective footwear

ASTM F2892

Slip performance of footwear

ASTM F2913

CTC is an approved 3rd Party laboratory to issue test report & Certificate of Conformance (COC) which is now mandatory under the ASTM F2413 2018 version.


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PPE US, Consumer goods US: CTC Testing solutions for US voluntary standards 

  • Voluntary Standards for protective gloves

Item Standard


Cut resistance ASTM F2992
Abrasion resistance ASTM D3384 & ASTM D3389

Puncture resistance:

  • Hypodermic needle 5.1.3 Tested according to ASTM F2878
  • Other than Hypodermic needle 5.1.2 Tested according to EN 388

Chemical Permeation resistance ASTM F739

Chemical Degradation resistance ANSI/ISEA 105 Appendix B


Impact Resistance

Refer to our brochure SOLUTIONS FOR PPE GLOVES FOR US MARKET 2020 for more information / Brochures.


Voluntary Standards for protective gloves

Protective gloves


  • Voluntary Standards for footwear

Item Standard

Flexibility and Adhesion of Finish on Leather

ASTM D6182

Rubber Property-Abrasion Resistance

ASTM D 5963 Method A and B

Martindale abrasion of lining and insock

ASTM D 4966

Color fastness to crocking

ASTM D5053

Rubber Property-Durometer Hardness

ASTM D2240
Type A & D

Tearing Strength, Tongue Tear of Leather

ASTM D4704

Tearing Strength of Fabrics by the Tongue (Single Rip) Procedure

ASTM D2261

Tensile & Elongation of Leather

ASTM D2211
ASTM D2209

Load Required to Detach High Heels from Footwear

ASTM F 2232

Strength Tests for Zippers

ASTM D 2061 §22.2, §22.3

Rubber Property-Compression set

ASTM D 395 Method B

Shear Strength (Dynamic Method) of Hook and Loop Touch Fasteners

ASTM D 5169

Peel Strength ("T" Method) of Hook and Loop Touch Fasteners

ASTM D 5170

Corrosion resistance to salt spray (Fog)

ASTM B 117

Static and kinetic coefficients of friction of plastic film and sheeting (slip resistance)

ASTM D 1894

Grain crack and extension of leather by Mullen Test

ASTM D 2210

Bursting Strength of Leather

ASTM 2207

Rubber Deterioration—Discoloration From Ultraviolet (UV)

ASTM D1148

Identification and Quantification of Chromium, Bromine, Cadmium, Mercury, and Lead in Polymeric Material X-ray Spectrometry

ASTM F2617


Martindale abrasion test

Martindale abrasion test


  • Voluntary standards for apparel & textile

Item Standard

Color fastness to crocking


Color fastness to perspiration


Water Resistance (for raincoat, water resistant/repellent fabrics)


Colour fastness tests to Seawater


Color fastness to water


Fiber Analysis: Qualitative


pH of the Water-Extract from Wet Processed textiles


Breaking Strength and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Grab Test)

ASTM D 5034

Abrasion Resistance of Textile Fabrics (Martindale Tester Method)

ASTM D 4966

Determination of mass per unit area

ASTM D3776

Resistance to Unsnapping of Snap Fasteners

ASTM D 4846


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CTC Group has been in quality assurance business for over 100 years, through a network of laboratories accredited by CNAS (China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment), HOKLAS (Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme) and CPSC (United States Consumer Product Safety Commission), CTC dedicated teams are able to provide a wide range of professional services including:

  • Physical testing,
  • Analytical testing,
  • Inspection,
  • Factory and Technical Audit,
  • CCQC program (self-inspection program),
  • Innocuousness testing  / safety testing,
  • Benchmarking Testing (marketing analysis): If you would like to know your position according your market or your competitors, just send us some products of your brand and some other one of your target competitors, we will then provide to you a document report with your position, including strenght and point to be improved of your product.

to help manufactures and traders assess the safety of products and make sure the quality meets the requirements of the U.S. laws and regulations.

Besides, our specialist can support to define a package of tests according to the Type and the Final Use of your products (with MR : MAIN REQUIREMENT, CU : COMMODITY USE, CR : COMFORT REQUIREMENT).


Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any support !

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