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Regulation (EU) 2016/425 & EN20345 Standards For Safety Footwear For Professional Use

Footwear Certification Explained

Regulation (EU) 2016/425

Regulation (EU) 2016/425 Conformity is used for footwear that meets the EN20345 tests, but cannot be certified because the construction of the product is not recognised by the European testing standards agencies. This means that due to the shape and height of certain elements of the footwear it cannot be categorised as a shoe, boot or a wellington boot. Such footwear products are unique and as such there is no classification system for this style yet. These products have toecaps resistant to 200J, a water resistant upper and are tested for slip rating on a smooth steel plate with glycerol and have also been tested for their thermal resistant properties.


EN20345 is the standard protection for professional safety footwear.

There is a qualifying test which all safety footwear must pass, after which further tests relating to additional safety aspects of the boot can be tested and certified against.

These will vary depending on the specific requirements for the footwear. See below for an example and explanation of the footwear certification codes.