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Ensuring Outerwear Filled-Textile Quality and Assurance

Learn how you can certify, sterilize, and test your outerwear filled-textiles with IDFL.
Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


Certifications are now a popular opportunity for companies to market products (whether you are a brand or a supplier). During this webinar, IDFL will cover how your company can be certified and how to pass the audit in order to market certifications on finished products. 

Recently, new laws in the U.S. brought some confusion to companies sterilizing their products. The sterilization process ensures down and feather, animal hair, and wool are safe for consumer use. Sterilization is required for filling material sold in Europe and North America. Currently, down and feather processing factories sterilize ALL down and feather material regardless of final destination. However, if processing factories do not have a valid permit, then you cannot put the required Sterilization Permit (PER. NO.) on your products, which will prohibit you from selling your products on-line or in stores in several states. 

With many apparel product sales going to online platforms, the "bad" on-line suppliers are increasing in numbers and are stepping up their sales of mislabeled products. There are several things you can do to avert further erosion of market share by the actions of fraudulent suppliers. This presentation will discuss suggested action to take.

Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • Which certifications are best for your brand.
  • Understanding the U.S. labeling and sterilization laws.
  • How to verify label compliance of products sold online.



Bryan Mortensen
Global Audit and Certifications Manager
IDFL Laboratory and Institute

Bryan Mortensen is the Global Audits and Certifications Manager for IDFL Laboratory and Institute. Bryan is an alumni of Utah State University, where he graduated with dual degrees in International Business and Asian Studies. In early 2013, Bryan began his work with IDFL. He has been instrumental in the development of the IDFL audits and certifications programs. As an auditor and certifier, he knows the textile certifications standards in and out. He speaks Chinese and has spent six years abroad in China setting up IDFL services. Bryan returned from China last year with his family - wife and two children (ages 5 and 3). In his free-time, he enjoys playing basketball, archery, camping and card games. 

Kristin Lieber
IDFL Laboratory and Institute

Kristin Lieber is the CFO for IDFL. She also manages the sterilization inspection and permit applications for IDFL’s clients. Kristin’s relationship with government offices enhances her expertise in sterilization law. Kristin received a Business Finance degree from University of Utah, and has been with IDFL for 25 years. She loves the outdoors, and spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Wilf Lieber
IDFL Laboratory and Institute

Wilf Lieber has been the CEO of IDFL for 25 years. Wilf serves as a technical advisor to industry associations in North America, Europe and Asia. He  has developed many of the standards used in the down and feather industry. He has an MBA from Brigham Young University and has started companies in software development and translation services. Wilf has lived in China for the past five years overseeing the expansion of IDFL services in Asia. He bikes 20 km to and from work in Hangzhou and loves to swim and climb mountains. Wilf and Constance’s passion are their five children and eleven grandchildren. Wilf’s 93-year old father, Wilford Lieber Sr., founded IDFL as a Swiss immigrant 42 years ago.


Kristen Kern
Manager, Supply Chain & Sustainability Initiatives

As Manager of Supply Chain and Sustainability Initiatives, Kristen leads the AAFA Sustainability portfolio, working with government and industry professionals to further environmental sustainability in the apparel and footwear industry. She also leads the AAFA Product Safety portfolio, collaborating with stakeholders to create best practices and regulations for safe, quality products for consumers. Kristen holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Design, and French, with a minor in Chemistry from Virginia Tech.

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10/22/2020 2:00 PM - 10/22/2020 3:00 PM