The Intertek High-Performance Mark

A New Trustworthy Industry Standard for Performance Textiles and Footwear

Intertek High-Performance Mark is an instantly recognizable Mark for Quality, Safety and High-Performance to offer peace of mind to end-consumers in their purchase of high-performance products and provides added-value to brands, retailers and manufacturers for validating the high-performance features of your products.


How can you educate your customers that your high-performance products are of top quality so that they will then pay more for that premium performance? Without mandatory regulations, how can you showcase the fact that your products meet the industry commercial standard or even excel in performance among other similar products in the market?


The fashion world has been changing direction in recent decades as a result of innovative developments and technological evolution. It turns the “wants” of functional clothing into the “needs”. High-performance clothing is a way of using new technology to improve our lives.

The fact that there are no mandatory regulations in the global market to control the quality of high-performance textile products presents a challenge for manufacturers, suppliers and buyers when making manufacturing and sourcing decisions without the aid of standardized benchmarking.


As a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide with over 130 years of expertise,

Intertek works hard to support our customers in capturing the growth and opportunities in the high-performance textile markets. The launch of the Intertek High-Performance Mark Program meets the needs of trade and customers in establishing standardized quality requirements. We have created a common language for stakeholders to communicate using graphical tools and a standard that can be easily understood with a series of descriptors.

The Intertek High-Performance Mark Descriptors

Descriptors are graphical icons which describe the high-performance features of textile and footwear products, to be used next to the Intertek High-Performance Mark in a trade dressing.

Descriptors for Textiles and Apparel

Softlines - HP Mark - Descriptors

 Softlines - HP - Descriptors update-20230606

Descriptors for Footwear

Softlines - HP - Footwear Descriptors update-20230606


The Program

Under the High-Performance Mark Program, products passing the pre-defined requirements will be provided with the High-Performance Mark, Trade Dressing and Certificate.

Click here to view the details of the Intertek standard

What Are Your Benefits?

  • Differentiate the quality of your high-performance textile products with the Intertek High-Performance Mark Scheme
  • Provide ‘proof of quality’ labelling so that you can charge more for your products 
  • Give confidence to consumers or buyers as the products have been verified by a world-leading Total Quality Assurance organization
  • Simple visuals for consumers to easily understand the products’ high-performance features 
  • Educate consumers of the value of products with functional performance features
  • Easy to trace-and-track performance of products with identifiable marks and certificates. 

Why Intertek Hong Kong?

  • The first quality assurance organization defining high-performance labelling to support clients to capture this growing sector and market share
  • The first commercial textile-testing laboratory in Hong Kong, with 45+ years of unmatched knowledge 
  • End-to-end Total Quality Assurance Solutions in Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification, providing one-stop services including results review and consultation services
  • Total Quality Assurance Customer Promise: Precision, Pace and Passion
  • Innovative and bespoke solutions tailored to each customer’s needs 
  • Super Chemical Centre with 300+ Chemists providing professional chemical-testing services 
  • Well recognized by global brands, retailers and buyers 
Please note these Terms and Conditions for High-Performance Mark Program apply in addition to the General Terms and Conditions of Services.
The Intertek High-Performance Mark Program is a verification program covering the marketing of high-performance features of textile, apparel and footwear products. Application of the High-Performance Mark (HP Mark) on a product indicates that the samples tested by Intertek met the requirements established for specific high-performance functionalities as listed in the Program’s requirement table ( The verification of high-performance claims is based on the test results at the time of initial testing based on a selected sample. Applicants must ensure that a representative sample is provided to Intertek for testing. Also, if there is any change in design, material, processing, or sourcing of the product that may impact the property for which the HP Mark was issued, the applicant shall inform Intertek and submit a new application for the HP Mark.
Intertek’s responsibility and liability are limited to the terms and conditions of the Program’s agreement. Intertek assumes no liability to any party, other than to the Client, in accordance with the agreement, for any loss, expense or damage occasioned by the use of this information. Intertek is not responsible for the production quality control and does not relieve the Client of their obligations in this respect. Information provided in our HP Mark, Certificate and Testing Reports are proprietary to Intertek, and Intertek reserves the right to make any changes to the information at any time without notice or to withdraw the HP Mark and related information given for products in case the HP Mark becomes invalid.

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