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Seal of Approval / Acceptance Program

The FIP/IFP Seal of Acceptance/Approval Program recognizes products that are beneficial to foot health and of significant value when used in a consistently applied program of daily foot care and regular professional treatment.

The FIP/IFP initiated its Seal of Acceptance/Approval program in 2008 but has been revised with a number of enhancements in 2011. It includes two components:

  • Seal of Acceptance - this program evaluates footwear, materials, insoles, hosiery and equipment.
  • Seal of Approval - this program evaluates the use of therapeutic products and their adjuncts.

A seal is awarded to a product after it has been scrupulously reviewed by a committee of expert podiatrists who have determined that the product/products promote quality foot health. 

The FIP/IFP Seal of acceptance/approval is awarded to a product after the FIP/IFP Seal Committee evaluates and determines whether the product promotes quality foot health. The committee is composed of a chair and several other members. Once the Seal Committee evaluates the submitted products it forwards its recommendations to the FIP/IFP Executive Board for final approval.

If you have questions about the Seal guidelines please contact Caroline Teugels, Executive Director of FIP-IFP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Seal Program is currently under revision. The new guidelines will be available the second half of November 2015. 

FIP Seals

Application Process

To obtain a Seal of Acceptance or Approval a company submits an application for each product along with samples for committee's evaluation. The application includes information about the original trade package items produced to be marketed for each submission; required documentary evidence regarding composition, both physical and chemical properties; evidence of safety and efficacy; quality control systems utilized by the manufacturer; all labeling, package inserts, advertising, and promotional materials; and objective data from clinical and/or laboratory studies that support any claims made about the product.

Although some products are rejected if a product does not promote good foot health, those companies awarded a Seal are approved to use the Seal for a period of three years. program details.