Traceability Guidelines

Traceability Guidelines

One of the roles of LIA is to build up the overall supply of traceable leather, so that brands can eventually physically source hides from farms that meet their expectations.

There are currently no global chain of custody standards used in the leather production supply chain, however alternatives to certification have been developed and are being increasingly used.

A list of recognized  traceability tools and systems will be shared when available.

Live Animal Traceability: Farms

To participate in LIA, farms must be working with a traceability system to track where their cattle are coming from, and where they are sold to. Any system that reliably ensures the identity of the individual cattle and keeps record of their purchase and sale will be accepted, including:


  • Ear tags 
  • RFID ear tags
  • Branding (not encouraged due to animal welfare and hide quality)


  • Paper documentation of purchases and sales, with individual cow identities
  • Technological tracking systems

Live Animal Traceability Guidelines are described in Section C of the LIA Farm Scope Benchmark Criteria draft document.

Hide Traceability: Leather Production Supply Chain

LIA traceability in leather production aims to establish the traceability of hides between slaughterhouse and finished leather, with the ultimate goal to link leather production to traceability at the farm level and establish full traceability in the entire leather supply chain.

Brands that are officially participating in LIA must commit to gradually mapping their entire leather production supply chain. They will be required to implement a traceability tool or system to trace their hides back to slaughterhouse over the timeframe set out in the Brand Commitment.

The traceability tool or system must comply with a set of basic requirements to be recognized by LIA. Please apply here for a traceability tool/system to be assessed and recognized by LIA.

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