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China’s first mandatory GB for infants’ and children’s textiles post

National Standards Committee approved the release of mandatory national standards "infants’ and children’s textile product safety technical specifications" (GB 31701-2015) on 26th. This is the first mandatory national standards specifically for infants’ and children’s textile products (children’s wear). The standard will be formally implemented on June 1, 2016.

The new national standard will be divided into two parts including infant textile products suitable for children aged and under 36 months, and children's wear textile products suitable for children over 3 years old and under the age of 14.
As reported, according to security requirements, the children's clothing security technology categories are divided into three types of A, B, C. A is the best, Class B, follows by and Class C is the basic requirement. In the chemical safety requirements, the new national standard adds the limited requirements including six kinds of plasticizers and lead, cadmium and two kinds of heavy metals, which equivalents to EU standards and higher than the US standards; in mechanical safety, standard makes detailed provision for cords in different parts of children’s wear such as neck, shoulder, waist, and requires no any rope and belt around the neck area in children’s wear for infants and children under 7-year old. In addition, the standard has also increased requirements for combustion performance.

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