The general definition of what is and is not leather is well established and enshrined in a significant number of national and international standards and laws, but it needs to be more widely promoted, extended and enforced. The current design of the leathermark was originally designed for the then ICT Secretariat in the 1960s and all member associations of ICT were encouraged to register it, where possible, for example as a certified trade mark.

A key action of ICT has been to develop and maintain two databases; one lists the known national rules on the labelling of leather and leather products, and the other lists the countries that have registered the leathermark and control its use. These databases have been published and can be viewed on the ICT website –

The databases will be maintained and kept up to date as new information becomes available.