I.CE.C - Institute of Quality Certification for the Leather Sector

The reference for leather sector certifications

Leather traceability certification


Certification applicable to

  • c - Tanneries

The search for transparency of the market also concerns the degree of control that tanneries have on their supplies, including knowledge of the countries of origin of the raw materials (skins), slaughterhouses and farms from which they come.

To this scope, ICEC has prepared two certification variants, each applicable to farmed or wild species and to split leathers :

  • TS SC 410 for "products system in tanneries": it includes in the analysis a wide range of products (also of multiple origins). The traceability of the hides upstream of the tannery is mapped, traceability checks of the production phases of these hides in the tannery are not included.

 

  • TS PC 412 for "single product in tanneries": it includes in the analysis a single product or single homogeneous products (eg for the same animal species, for particular origins). The traceability of the skins upstream of the tannery is mapped. In this case, verification of the traceability of the production phases of these skins in the tannery is included.

 

In both schemes the relative rating is defined. It specifies the degree of traceability of the raw materials upstream of the tannery, calculated considering the products subject to certification and the documented and verifiable information related to them.

The certificate specifies a rating (score) and a summary judgment (sufficient, good, very good, excellent) that expresses the level of control that the tannery has on what it purchases, in terms of traceability of the skins (countries and names of the slaughterhouses and farms). The final rating is calculated by mapping all raw material purchase orders over 12 months.

The technical specifications of reference are the property of ICEC. They are distributed only in a controlled manner and upon request. Technical specifications and certification regulations are also available in English.
The certification schemes are applicable to any tannery, regardless of the production cycle that is carried out (it can be applied to producers of finished leather or even semi-finished products), and the certification is applicable in Italy and also in European or non-EU countries with qualified inspectors ICEC.