In response to negative reports in the international press criticising the production methods used to manufacture leather items in certain countries around the world, and the possible consequences of poor processing, the Conseil National du Cuir (French National Leather Council) have issued the press statement emphasising that the French tanning industry is one of the safest in the world.

They highlight several keys areas such as the monitoring of chrome for chrome VI in leathers as well as their commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

The French authorities (Customs and Prevention of Fraud (DGCCRF)) pay careful attention to products that are imported and commercialised in the country. Consequently, France is the only country in Europe to take samples from finished products and analyse them, making the French market one of the safest for consumers says the CNC.

Without waiting for European regulations to come into force, CNC say that professionals from the French leather, footwear and leather goods industry have, since 2009, included a detection limit of 3mg/kg in most leather manufacture or purchase specifications documents. Companies in France dedicate large proportions of their budgets to the analysis of leather by independent laboratories, with the aim of identifying products that breach these limits.

The Conseil National du Cuir is a professional organisation of producers and users of leather, and all those who are involved in the production, use or retail of leather. Taking the form of a confederation, the National Leather Council brings together 19 federations and professional unions of the French leather industry, ranging from the farming of livestock through to the finished leather products.