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December 2016 - Printwear & Promotion Special Report

Sue Bolton expains the implications of Brexit on textile product quality and safety legislation and standards in a special report published in Printwear and Promotion December 2016 - "Brexit - Life after [Article] 50".

Printwear and Promotion, the leading journal for the decorated garment industry, is available to registered readers as a printed or digital publication.   The report can be read on the Printwear and Promotion website http://www.printwearandpromotion.co.uk/brexit-life-article-50/ .  

September 2016 - Consultation on updating the Furniture & Furnishings Regulations

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have issued the following request as part of their consultation on updating the Furniture & Furnishings Regulations:  

We would like your views on changes that we propose to make to the current regulations. We plan to remove the 1988 Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations and replace them with an updated version - the 2016 Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations.   We would welcome your comments on the proposals and the draft of the new regulations. 

The draft regulations are included in the consultation document which may be viewed on the GOV.UK website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/furniture-and-furnishing-fire-safety-regulations-proposed-changes-2016.  

You can respond to the survey online at: https://beisgovuk.citizenspace.com/er/proposal-to-revise-1988-furniture-and-furnishings 

If you wish to make comments the closing date of this consultation is 11 November 2016. 

July 2016 - Standards Update

A number of new and revised Standards have been issued relating to Textiles:

NEW BS EN 16812:2016 Textiles and textile products — Electrically conductive textiles — Determination of the linear electrical resistance of conductive tracks.

This European Standard describes a test method for the determination of the linear electric resistance of conductive tracks for textile structures or intended for application in/to textiles, e.g. yarns, printed or coated tracks, ropes, ribbons and webbing.   The Standard is designed for materials showing Ohmic behaviour and for conductive tracks where electrical contact between the measurement electrodes and the conductive track is possible.

NEW PD/CEN/ISO TR 11827:2016 Textiles — Composition testing — Identification of fibres

(ISO/TR 11827:2012).  The TR explains how to systematically test an unknown textile material to identify qualitatively the different fibres present.  It is intended this TR may be used prior to testing according to BS EN ISO 1822 series for quantitative determination of each fibre present.  This TR is identical to he ISO TR published in 2012.

BS EN ISO 105 D02:2016 Textiles — Tests for Colour fastness to rubbing: Organic solvents

Editorial revision only.

BS EN ISO 105 G01:2016 Textiles — Tests for colour fastness Nitrogen oxides

Editorial revision only.

BS EN ISO 105 G04:2016 Textiles — Tests for colour fastness to nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere at high humidities.

Revised and updated: The main technical changes are the following:

BS EN ISO 105 X 12:2016 Textiles — Tests for Colour fastness to rubbing.

Editorial revision only.

BS EN ISO 105 X16:2016 Textiles — Tests for colour fastness to rubbing — Small areas

Editorial revision only

April 2016 - Standards Development - Public Comment

Three new draft British / European standards for infant sleep bags, cot duvet and cot bumpers have been issued for a second public comment. The full titles are:

Pr BS EN 16779 Textile child care articles - Safety requirements and test methods for children's cot duvets Part 1: Duvet (excluding duvet covers).

Pr BS EN 16780 Textile child care articles - Safety requirements and test methods for children's cot bumpers.

Pr BS EN 16781 Textile child care articles - Safety requirements and test methods for children's sleep bags.

Draft Standards for Public Comment

Part of the process of developing European and International Standards includes a period of consultation when the draft Standard is made available for public comment.    For European and international standards, all comments are distilled by the national committee to a national point of view and submitted to the relevant CEN or ISO group for review.    In all cases comments must either be accepted or rejected with a reason, and documented by the committee.

You can contact your National Standards organisation for further information but in the UK consultation is organised by the BSI on their website.    Many of the standards are test methods; but increasingly product specifications, or the methods used to support a specification are being developed and Committees need to know that the standards are clear to all users, and relevant to today’s products.

In the UK, to review draft standards and post your comments to BSI you need to register at http://drafts.bsigroup.com  - you can then search for or select standards of interest and begin. When you read the standard, a box will open for each clause, and any text inserted will automatically be referenced and tabulated for the committee to review.  You will not be able to download the standard, as it is still under development.    Every comment posted is reviewed by the BSI committee.   

July 2015 - EN14682:2014 Harmonised

The reference to EN 14682:2014 'Safety of Children's Clothing - Cords and Drawstrings on Children's Clothing - Specifications' was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 4th August 2015. Supporting it's decision the Commission includes the following paragraph in its announcement: 

In response to the Commission's mandate, CEN adopted standard EN 14682:2014 ‘Safety of children's clothing — Cords and drawstrings on children's clothing — Specifications’ which supersedes standard EN 14682:2007.  Standard EN 14682:2014 fulfils mandate M/309 and complies with the general safety requirement set out in Directive 2001/95/EC. Its reference should therefore be published in the Official Journal of the European Union replacing the reference of standard EN 14682:2007.

July 2015 - Standards Development - Current Work

European Standards development working groups are currently drafting the following standards concerning Children's products: 

Pr EN 16732 Slide (zip) fasteners – Specification 

The content of this standard is very similar to BS 3084, with an additional torque test on the zip puller. 

It is intended that this will replace BS 3084, and other national European standards which will be withdrawn. It will be specified in standards for products which use zips. 

  Replaces: BS 3084Anticipated:End 2015

Pr EN 16779-1 Textile child care articles – Safety requirements and test methods for children’s cot duvets Part 1: Duvet (excluding duvet covers) 

This standard is being developed in response to a EU commission mandate, and when published, will be harmonised under the General Product Safety Directive. 

Across Europe a high number of fatalities have occurred in cots which have been attributed to the use of duvets. The standard will define product manufacturing and performance requirements, with safety warnings, to provide safer products for the consumer. It will be limited to duvets suitable for cot use only to distinguish from single bed duvets. 

UK recommendations supported by the NHS and Lullaby Trust (formerly SIDS Foundation), are that duvets are not suitable for infants under 12 months of age, as they can suffocate or over heat. 

It is expected that the draft text will be issued for a second public Enquiry (consultation) later this year. 

  Replaces: New Standard Anticipated:2016 

Pr EN 16779-2 Textile child care articles - Safety requirements and test methods for children's cot duvet covers Part 2: Duvet Covers (excluding duvet ) 

New standard to complement part 1. This deals with safety aspects of cot duvet covers only. This is in VERY early stages of development. 

  Replaces: New Standard Anticipated:N/A 

Pr EN 16780 Textile child care articles - Safety requirements and test methods for children's cot bumpers 

This standard is being developed in response to a EU commission mandate, and when published, will be harmonised under the General Product Safety Directive. 

Across Europe a high number of fatalities and accidents have occurred in cots or by children falling out of cots which have been attributed to the use of cot bumpers. Cot bumpers across Europe are very different is design, materials and use compared to those typically sold in UK. Most incidents appear to be related to the cot bumper being used as a ladder to climb out of the cot, hence the UK recommendation to remove from the cot when the infant can sit up unaided. 

The standard will define product design , manufacturing and performance requirements , with safety warnings to provide safer products for the consumer.  

The requirements of BS 1877-10 have been used as a basis for this standard. 

It is expected that the draft text is to be issued for a second public Enquiry (consultation) later this year. 

  Replaces: BS 1877-10 Anticipated:N/A 

Pr EN 16781 Textile child care articles - Safety requirements and test methods for children's sleep bags 

This standard is being developed in response to a EU commission mandate, and when published, will be harmonised under the General Product Safety Directive. 

Across Europe a high number of fatalities have occurred in cots which have been attributed to the use of sleep bags of various designs, which would not comply with BS 8510. The standard will define product design, manufacturing and performance requirements, with safety warnings to provide safer products for the consumer.  

BS 8510 requirements have been used as the basis of many of the proposed requirements. 

The draft text is to be issued for a second public Enquiry (consultation) later this year. 

  Replaces: BS 8510 Anticipated:2016 

December 2014 - NEW CEN Technical Report - CEN/TR 16792:2014

CEN/TR 16792:2014 Safety of children’s clothing – recommendations for the design and manufacture of children’s clothing – mechanical safety was published by CEN on 17th December 2014.

As a 'Technical report', no member state is obliged to publish, however it is expected most EU countries will adopt this TR.   In the UK it is expected to be available from BSI in the New Year (British Standards Institution).

TR 16792 is based on BS 7907, updated to reflect current knowledge and best industry practice.   The scope of the TR is very similar to BS 7907 and includes recommendations on the selection of components and fabrics as well as recommendations on performance for children's clothing.

For those already using BS 7907; security of attachment requirements have been updated. The key changes are:

Bolton Consultancy Ltd has training courses and refresher training which include the new requirements. Please contact info@boltonconsultancy.co.uk  for further information.

17 December 2014 - Revised Standard Announced - EN 14682:2014

CEN has announced publication of an updated edition of EN 14682 'Safety of Children's Clothing - Cords and Drawstrings on Children's Clothing - Specifications'.   EU Member states have until the end of June 2015 to adopt the new edition which will now be put forward to the GPSD committee to consider for Harmonisation.

The key changes are:

Copies of the new edition are expected to be available from Member states standardisation bodies (BSI in the UK) shortly.

Bolton Consultancy Ltd has training courses and refresher training which include the new requirements. Please contact info@boltonconsultancy.co.uk  for further information.

September 2014 - New BS EN Standards for nursery textile products

Three new draft BS EN standards for nursery textile products are available for public comments until 14th December 2014. All are being developed under a mandate from the EU Commission. Once published in 2015, it is intended that these will be harmonised under the General product safety Directive.   Products meeting these requirements will be presumed to be safe.

All three standards deal with nursery products used in the home. The requirements do not relate to articles intended for outdoor use.

When the standards working group were developing these documents, it became clear that across EU countries the design and functions of these articles vary enormously and a wide range of materials have been in common use.  The standards have had to be written to accommodate this variability and to focus on the safety of the infant.