The LWG Trader Audit Protocol (TAP) assesses the operations of leather traders to ensure that material can be tracked through their facility and that their tracking system is robust enough to pass the information to buyers. Version 3.0.1 of the TAP became mandatory for all trader audits as of 1st June 2020. 

Version 4.0 was published on 1 December 2021 and will become mandatory on 1 June 2022. TAP 4.0 includes traders of raw material for the first time. The complete protocol is currently only available to LWG Members when logged-in. If you are unsure of the appropriate route to membership, please contact the LWG Office.

Length of audit Up to 1 day
Certificate validity 12 months
Schedule Traders may be audited alternately on-site and remotely, e.g.: audited on-site in 2022, a desk-based assessment in 2023, and then audited on-site again in 2024.
Award Approved status
Membership? 'Approved Trader' member of LWG








Trader Protocol 3.0
   LWG Trader Audit Protocol 3.0.1 Request Document Download Sample

Version: 3.0.1

Published: 1st January 2020

Mandatory Use: 1st June 2020 

Trader Protocol 4.0 - Mandatory from 1 June 2022
   LWG Trader Audit Protocol 4.0.0 Request Document Download Sample
Protocol LWG Trader Audit Protocol (TAP)
Version 4.0.0
Published 1 December 2021
Consultation 1 December 2021 to 31 January 2022 (60 days)
Introductory period 1 December 2021 to 31 May 2022 (180 days)
Mandatory 1 June 2022
Eligibility Traders of raw, part-processed, or finished leather that own and operate their own warehouse, where material is received into and dispatched from.


The latest edition of the LWG Trader Audit Protocol (4.0.0) is suitable for the following types of trader operation:

Types of Operation:

  • Traders who buy raw or cured material and sell it on to customers in an un-processed state
  • Traders who buy part-processed material and sell it on to customers in a part-processed state
  • Traders who buy finished material and sell it on to customers in a finished state

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Permanent warehouse facility where material is brought in before dispatch to customers
  • Ability to demonstrate physical and administrative separation of material that originates from LWG certified facilities and material from non-LWG certified facilities (not applicable to traders of raw and cured material)
  • Ability to provide details of all suppliers, including quantity supplied from each, and contact details for each one.
  • Ability to provide details of all customers, including quantity supplied to each, and contact details for each one.

You are NOT eligible if you:

  • Buy and sell material, in any state, shipping direct from supplier to customer (i.e. an Agent Trader only).

Agent Traders can join LWG through the 'Agent Trader' membership subscription route. Please note, this route does not confer audited or certified status.

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