GB 18401 National General Safety Technical Code for Textile Products sets forth the general safety technical requirements, test methods, inspection rules and supervision as a mandatory standard applicable to apparel, decoration and home textile products produced or sold in domestic China.
GB 31701 Safety Technical Code for Infants and Children Textile Products standardises the overall safety of children’s wear, which is a blessing for the health and safety of children. Children’s wear covers textile products for infants (equal to or under 36 months of age) and textile products for children that (between 3 and 14 years of age). The standard further categorises children’s wear as the following:
- Category A (infant and young children textile products),
- Category B (children textile products with direct contact to skin),
- Category C (children textile products without direct contact to skin).
Undoubtedly, requirements on Category A are the strictest. Such classification is helpful for consumers to choose suitable products.
Labelling: GB 5296.4 Instructions for Use of Products of Consumer Interest—Party 4: Textiles and Apparel mainly provides for general principles, label contents and requirements in the instruction for use of textiles and apparel. All textiles and apparel intended for sale in China should fulfil the requirements thereof. The type of instructions includes tags (print or sticker) and permanent labels (wash mark).
Tip: GB 18401-2010, GB 5296.4-2012 and GB 31701-2015 are the applicable standards on the China market. It is natural that the requirements for children’s wear be more stringent as children are regarded as a vulnerable group. For your information, GB 31701-2015 will apply on 1 June 2016. Meanwhile, a two-year transitional period is granted for the products on the China market, starting from 1 June 2016 to 31 May 2018.
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