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CTC, specialist of PPE test and certification, first Notified Body (n°0075) in Europe to deliver CE type-examination certificates, with more than 38,000 CE type-examination certificates delivered under the 2016/425 regulation.




Physical testing CE marking safety PPE footwear slippery resistance

Concerning safety PPE footwear users (directive 89/656 du 30.11.1989)


Obligations are fixed in the PPE users” Directive 89/656 dated 30.11.1989 and the associated texts.

Employers shall implement all collective means to protect employees.

PPE provides protection against residual risks. The employer ensures that PPE is appropriate for the risks, in collaboration with the various internal committees of the company.

They provide personal protective equipment free of charge and conforming to the legal requirements, i.e.:

  • CE marked ;
  • with user information attached to each pair of footwear ;
  • with a declaration of conformity given to the user during the purchase phase.


CE marking type examination :


CE marking type Examination certification



Concerning safety footwear PPE manufacturers (“PPE design” Regulation 2016/425/UE).

CE marking is based on the following texts: “PPE design” Regulation 2016/425/UE. Manufacturers must place a PPE footwear on the market that comply with the essential requirements of European Regulation 2016/425/EU.

For this purpose, they are required to:


1- Characterize the level of risks against which their PPE footwear will protect its user. It will define the certification rules (see A) .


2- Define all risks precisely. It will set all necessary standards during the certification process (see B) .


3- The manufacturer will choose his Notified Body, CTC.

Most PPE footwear (see C) are in category II.

For category III PPE footwear, an annual control system must be defined (module C2 with CTC or module D with another Notified Body).


4- The manufacturer shall send to the Notified Body a technical file containing:


5- Once the Notified Body has issued an UE type-examination certificate number, the manufacturer shall:

  • issues its declaration of conformity ;
  • affixes the CE marking to its production;
  • can sell his PPE shoe anywhere in the European Union and in many other countries;
  • remain at the disposal of the market supervisory authorities;
  • performs annual production monitoring for category III shoes.



A - Characterize the product "PPE safety footwear" / Define the risks


Certification rules for PPE - safety Footwear


Certification rules  Category I Category II Category III
CLASSIFICATION Minor risks Other risks Lethal or irreversible risks

Boot for climate risk 

Footwear for mechanical risks

Footwear for chemical risks


  • Propose and publish a technical file on the product (including a user notice)
  • Undertake tests to guarantee homogeneity of his product
  • Produce a declaration of conformity
  • Mark the product with the CE

Category I


  • Obtain a CE type-examination certificate from a Notified Body as CTC

Category II


  • Choose a Notified Body to monitor annually the production process (C2 or D procedure)

  • Affix the number of the Notified Body on the marking





B - Choose the PPE footwear standard(s)


Chaussure de sécurité EPI - EN 15090 Chaussure de sécurité EPI - EN ISO 17249 Chaussure de sécurité EPI - EN ISO 20349 Chaussure de sécurité EPI - EN 13832 Chaussure de sécurité EPI - EN 13634 Chaussure de sécurité information




ASTM F2413
Performance Requirements for Protective (Safety) Toe Cap Footwear
ISO 11393-3
Protective clothing for users of hand-held chain-saws - Part 3: Test methods for footwear
​EN ISO 13287
Footwear - Test method for slip resistance
EN 13634

Protective footwear for professional motorcycle riders - Requirements and test methods

​EN 13832-2
Footwear protecting against chemicals - Part 2: requirement for footwear resistant to chemicals under laboratory conditions
EN 13832-3

Footwear protecting against chemicals - Part 3: requirement for footwear highly resistant to chemicals under laboratory conditions

EN 15090
Footwear for fire-fighters
EN ISO 17249
Safety footwear resistant to chain saw cutting
ISO/TR 18690

Guidance for use, selection and maintenance of safety, protective and occupational footwear

​EN ISO 20344
PPE - Test method for footwear
​EN ISO 20345
PPE - Safety footwear
EN ISO 20346
PPE - Protective footwear
​EN ISO 20347
PPE - Occupational footwear
EN 20349

Personal protective equipment - Footwear protecting against risks in foundries and welding

EN ISO 22568

(part 1 to 4) - Requirements and test method for toe cap and perforation resistant insert

EN 50321-1

Electrically insulated footwear for live working on low-voltage Installations



C - Choose your Notified Body

Since 1992, CTC is one of the earliest Notified Bodies for PPE with number 0075. We have issued more than 35,000 CE certificates for safety footwear, protective gloves and protective garments. The skill for testing and certification is guaranteed by the ISO 17025 and ISO 17065 accreditation.

The professionalism and the accuracy of our physical and technical tests help our customers to produce the safest footwear and glove product. We test and certify at the same time, so you save time.

CTC has a large experience of the innocuousness testing in materials and products. The European legislation is the most severe legislation in the world. CTC will help you to define the right critical substances to test. The integration of safety requirements will enable you to guarantee the conformity of the products according to Annex XVII of REACh.

CTC is Convenor or member for the mains standardization technical committees for glove, footwear and garment.


Organisme agréé COFRAC Organisme agréé CNAS Organisme agréé HOKLAS

CTC Shanghai and CTC Dongguan Laboratories are accredited by CNAS

CTC Shanghai : CNAS L4577

CTC Dongguan : CNAS L5912

CTC Asia Laboratories in Hong Kong are accredited by HKAS

Organisme notifié marquage CE chaussure de sécurité




D – Footwear and boots CE marking system

Whether the article is for safety, protective or occupational purposes, all shoes or boots marked CE guarantee a high level of comfort and durability established on the basis of the following standards:


EN ISO 20345

with a 200 J toecap

EN ISO 20346

with a 100 J toecap

 EN ISO 20347 without toecap but with other standardized safety elements


S1 :


  • closed seat
  • antistatic property
  • heel energy absorption
  • resistance to fuel oil


S2 : S1 +

  • upper water resistance


S3 : S2 +


  • anti-perforation sole
  • cleated sole



P1 :

  • closed seat
  • antistatic property
  • heel energy absorption
  • resistance to fuel oil


P2 : P1 +

  • upper water resistance


P3 : P2 +

  • anti-perforation sole
  • cleated sole


O1 :


  • closed seat
  • antistatic property
  • heel energy absorption



O2 : O1 +

  • upper water resistance


O3 : O2 +


  • anti-perforation sole
  • cleated sole



S4 : same as S1

S5 : same as S3


P4 : same as P1

P5 : same as P3


O4 : same as O1

O5 : same as O3


Other characteristics, also standardized, can be used alone or with the basic requirements of the products (see above) and are defined as:


  • P: anti-penetration sole
  • C: conductive shoe or boot
  • A: antistatic shoe or boot
  • HI: heat insulation
  • WR: water-resistant footwear




  • SRA: slip resistance on ceramic tile floor with NaLS
  • SRB: Slip resistance on steel floor with glycerol
  • SRC: slip resistance on ceramic tile floor with NaLS and on steel floor with glycerol




  • CI: cold insulation
  • E: heel energy absorption
  • WRU: water-resistant upper material
  • HRO: resistance to hot contact
  • M: metatarsal protection
  • AN: ankle protection




PPE safety footwear design


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