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13-Oct-2015 | 671-EN

Now children's clothing will be even safer

The revised DIN EN 14 682:2015-03 is intended to help prevent accidents due to drawstrings and cords.

BOENNIGHEIM (cka) According to the European Commission, "clothing, textiles and fashion items" was the product category which posed the second most frequent threat to the health and safety of consumers in 2014.*

Accidents connected with clothing occur, for example, when cords and tapes become caught on ski lifts, bicycles or slides. In order to prevent such hazards even more effectively, the working committee has revised DIN EN 14 682 "Safety of children's clothing - cords and drawstrings in children's clothing". In the course of the revision, changes have been made to the areas of application, definitions and specifications for children's clothing. Certain points have been expanded with better explanations, others are more strictly regulated. The standard has been mandatory since the end of the transitional period on 30.06.2015. If manufacturers do not comply with DIN EN 14 682 in their product development and production, there is a risk of product recalls that can lead to very high costs.

The experts at the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim offer comprehensive assistance regarding DIN EN 14 682. They can call on years of experience with DIN EN 14 682 and fit testing for children's clothing. Firstly, the experts can advise on any matters relating to the updating of the standard, and, secondly, they can help manufacturers to implement its requirements in product development and comply with it in production. When testing for compliance with DIN EN 14 682, the testers take account of all the relevant new features.

These include, among others, the following points:

  • The definition of the "hood, neck and upper chest area" has been amended to the "head, neck and upper chest area".
  • Various definitions and paragraphs have been revised
  • New images have been included to demonstrate measuring procedures and specifications better

The Hohenstein Institute tests the safety of children's clothing under DIN EN 14 682 both in individual tests and in combination with other product-specific tests. For example, this testing is a standard part of fit testing for children's clothing. Carnival and Halloween costumes, which often involve cords and ribbons, can also be tested. Often, however, it is not only the cords that are used which present a safety hazard. Again and again, costumes and other products are withdrawn from circulation because they are highly flammable or contain harmful substances. That is why the experts at the Hohenstein Institute also test products that fall into the category of "toys" for compliance with other relevant regulations such as DIN EN 71-1 (Safety of toys).

These tests help producers and consumers in a variety of ways. They benefit not only from a high degree of product safety but also from good-quality fitting.

* Source: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/consumers_safety/safety_products/rapex/reports/docs/rapex_report_2014finalweb_en.pdf

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