Dr. Kerstin Schulte, PFI Institutsleiterin

Did you know that PFI has also been authorised as a certification body according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® since January 2018? This means that PFI can now offer footwear manufacturers one-stop testing of leather and textiles.

The PFI subsidiary ISC Germany has had a new Managing Director since June. You can get to know him in the Interview published in this Newsletter.

Let me take this opportunity to make mention of the forthcoming ISC course «Sustainability Manager for the Textile, Leather Goods, and Footwear Industry». It will be held in German and is due to start in September at ISC (please contact us for information on English courses). Immediate registration is recommended to secure a place!

Wishing you an enjoyable read,

Dr. Kerstin Schulte

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One-stop Certification

Lesen Sie den vollständigen Beitrag auf der PFI-WebseiteAs a member institute of the OEKO-TEX® Association since January 2018, PFI is authorised to test not only leather materials for compliance with LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® but now also textiles for compliance with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. Thus, footwear manufacturers can now benefit from one-stop availability of all test procedures.

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The OEKO-TEX® website offers certified companies an opportunity for free-of-charge multilingual presentation of their company profile in order to enable potential customers and consumers to find them in this central directory.

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Link zum Interview mit Ronny WeisNew Man at the Helm: Interview with Ronny Weis

Ronny Weis, M.Eng. Dipl.-Ing. (FH), was appointed Joint Managing Director of the International Shoe Competence Centers Pirmasens gGmbH (ISC Germany) on 1 June 2018. Together with Dr. Kerstin Schulte he will be charting the future course of ISC. Get to know him in this interview.

By the way, ISC Germany celebrated its tenth birthday on 27 June.



«Sustainability Manager for Footwear, Leather Goods, and Textile Industry (Chamber of Industry and Commerce)»

The professional further education certificate course «Sustainability Manager for Footwear, Leather Goods, and Textile Industry (Chamber of Industry and Commerce)» comprises two one-week modules and is intended for those professionals employed by manufacturers, brands, and trading companies who are responsible for sustainability in their companies.

Link zur ISC-Webseite / Kurs Nachhaltigkeitsmanager Frühjahr 2018The course was designed at the initiative of the industry and is offered by ISC and IHK in cooperation with Consulting Service International (CSI).

Next course dates [course in German language]: 24 to 28 September and 22 to 26 October 2018. For information on English courses, please call +4963311453340.


Relaunch of the PFI Website

The PFI website was relaunched with powerful visuals in April and is now more user-friendly than ever. It has also been optimised for mobile devices.

Link zur PFI-Webseite


DIN EN ISO 20863:2018: Footwear - Test Methods for Stiffeners and Toe Puffs - Bondability

The new standard DIN EN ISO 20863:2018 specifies a method for the determination of the bondability of heat- and solvent-activated stiffeners and toe puffs to upper and lining materials. More ...




Seventeen New Substances Added to SVHC List

Lesen Sie hier den vollständigen Beitrag (pdf)The SVHC Candidate List is regularly updated twice a year. In January 2018 the European Chemicals Agency (EChA) extended the candidate list to include seven new substances; in June 2018 a further ten substances were added.

This brings the total number of listed substances of very high concern to 191 (as of July 2018). The next update is expected at the beginning of 2019.

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Revision of Foot and Leg Protection Standard

Link zur Webseite der Forschungsgemeinschaft Leder e.V.Standards are re-examined at regular intervals to ensure that they correspond to the current state of the art. The harmonised standard EN 12568 «Foot and leg protectors. Requirements and test methods for toecaps and penetration-resistant inserts» is currently undergoing revision.

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Test and Research Institute Pirmasens e.V.
(Prüf- und Forschungsinstitut Pirmasens e.V.)

Marie-Curie-Straße 19
66953 Pirmasens | Germany

Phone: +49 6331 2490 0
Fax: +49 6331 2490 60

Internet: | | | |

President: Michael Tackenberg

Managing Director: Dr. Kerstin Schulte

Authors: Dr. Ines Anderie, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Jutta Knels, Dr. Kerstin Schulte, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Liselotte Vijselaar

Editor: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Elisabeth Rouiller | Translation: Anthony J. Rackstraw B.Sc. (Hons)

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