Bolton Consultancy Ltd

News Archive

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.

SDC Children’s Wear Seminar - November 2013

The Society of Dyers and Colourists and De Montforte University , Leicester are presenting a Children’s Wear Seminar on Wednesday 6th November at De Montforte University , Leicester.  

The seminar will be chaired by Dr Julie King, Head of Fashion and Textiles at De Montfort University. Speakers include:

For further information and to book your place visit:  www.sdc.org.uk/event/childrens-wear-seminar .

April 2013 - Proposal to Replace the General Product Safety Directive

The European Commission published proposals in early 2013, to replace the General Product Safety Directive with a new regulation; the General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR). The current directive had to be implemented in each member state as local legislation - hence the UK Government for example enacted the General Product Safety Regulations 2005. The proposed EU Regulation, when enacted, will apply in all member states directly; so removing the possibility of different interpretations in different states. In addition to replacing the GPSD the Commission are proposing a new regulation, the Market Surveillance of Product Regulation (MSPR) which will replace market surveillance provisions contained within the GPSD (and a range of other instruments) with a unified approach to market surveillance across the EU.  

We explain the main elements of the new regulation here  Proposed New GPSR .

January 2013 - Guidance on the use of EN 14682:2007 published

Full title: PD CEN/TR 16446:2012 Textiles — Safety of children’s clothing — Guidance on the use of EN 14682:2007 Cords and drawstrings on children’s clothing — Specifications  

PD CEN/TR 16446:2012 is published on 31st January 2013. Formally a Published Document not a standard, this document explains some technical aspects of garment design and manufacture and has been developed in recognition of rapidly changing garment styles in the children's clothing sector.    At the time of writing a revision of EN14682:2007 is in progress and is currently available for public comment until 31st January 2013.    When the revision of EN14682 is published the Guidance document may be withdrawn.

October 2012 - Children’s Clothing (Hood Cords) Regulations 1976 removed.

Following consultation ending 23rd May 2012 the UK Children’s Clothing (Hood Cords) Regulations 1976 were removed from the statute book on 1 October 2012.

Requirements relating to hood-cord safety of Children's clothing remain in place under the General Product Safety Regulations; compliance with the Harmonised European Standard BS EN 14682:2007 providing presumption of conformity to the Regulations.

April 2012 - New Standard for Textile Care Symbols published

Full title: BS EN ISO 3758:2012 Textiles - Care labelling code using symbols (ISO 3758:2012) 

ISO 3758:2012 is published April 2012 and supersedes BS EN ISO 3758:2005, which is withdrawn.   This, the third edition of the standard, makes minor changes to some definitions and modifies the symbols for bleaching.   New symbols have been added for natural drying - line drying and flat drying - together with a symbol for "do not professional wet clean" which refers to the low water wet cleaning process.    More on Care Labelling and Symbols

March 2012 - New Standard Test Methods for detection of certain azo colorants published.

Full Title: BS EN 14362-1:2012 Textiles. Methods for determination of certain aromatic amines derived from azo colorants. Detection of the use of certain azo colorants accessible with and without extracting the fibres.

EN 14362-1:2012 is published 31st March 2012, and replaces EN 14362-1 and EN 14362-2 which are now combined in one document.   This new edition has a number of clarifications regarding samples and which test to apply.   Key points include the following: 

The changes will considerably reduce overall costs of testing, and ensure due diligence spot checks can be more cost effective. 

March 2012 - Children’s Clothing (Hood Cords) Regulations 1976 to be removed.

On 23rd March 2012 the British Government launched a consultation on proposals to remove regulations in retail and manufacturing sectors that their Red Tape Challenge has identified as no longer required.

Included in the list of twelve regulations, the Children’s Clothing (Hood Cords) Regulations 1976 were introduced to remove outer clothing such as raincoats from the market as their cords posed a strangulation risk to small children. However, the newer updated European Standard is now in place BS EN 14682, which covers cord and drawstring safety in all children’s garments and not just hoods on outer clothing.

The consultation is seeking views from businesses, the public and voluntary and community organisations on how these changes will impact them. It runs for eight weeks, closing on Wednesday 23 May.

Where regulations are to be removed, this will have effect from 1 October 2012.

You can see the consultation at www.bis.gov.uk/consultations  

January 2012 - Sue Bolton appointed chair of ISO TC 38 SC1

Sue Bolton has been appointed chair of ISO TC 38 SC1, for a term running from January 2012 until the end of 2014.

ISO TC 38 SC1 is the International Standards Organisation’s sub-committee responsible for standard tests for fastness of coloured textiles and colorants and falls under ISO technical committee TC 38 - standards (methods of test and performance requirements) for textiles and textile products.  Its scope includes all test methods for; assessing the colour fastness of textiles, colour measurement, and the colorants themselves.

Comprised of experts from 24 countries as active participants, together with experts from a further 17 countries holding observer status, the sub-committee is responsible for 113 published standards.

Current work items are:

 

December 2011 - New EU Standard for Cot bumpers, Cot mattresses and Sleep bags.

In November 2011, the EU Commission approved a mandate to instruct CEN to develop a new standard for cot bumpers, cot mattresses and sleep bags. The Standard is to address concerns of safety; specifically suffocation, strangulation from long strings on products, and small parts - such as zip sliders components or press fasteners.   A new working group has been set up, between the Textile and the Child Use and Care Articles groups, and given 3 years to complete the standard.   The aim is for the standard to be harmonised and provide a safety specification giving presumption of conformity with the General Product Safety Directive.

 

November 2011 - Cords on window blinds and curtains.

The Irish Standards Organization, NSAI, announced in November 2011 that work on a new national standard has begun on “Internal blinds - Safety requirements for window corded products (including curtains)”.   The standard is to specify the safety requirements which window corded products shall fulfill when fitted to a building.   Construction, operation and maintenance are also covered.

 

March 2011 - EN14682:2007 Harmonised

The reference to EN 14682:2007 'Safety of Children's Clothing - Cords and Drawstrings on Children's Clothing - Specifications' was today published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Supporting it's decision the Commission includes the following paragraphs in its anouncement:

In November 2000, the Commission sent Mandate M/309 to CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) to draft European safety standards to address the risks of strangulation, injury and entrapment posed by cords and drawstrings on children’s clothes.

CEN adopted standard EN 14682:2004 in response to the Commission’s Mandate. The Commission published its reference in the Official Journal of the European Union.

In September 2007, standard EN 14682:2004 was superseded by a new version adopted by CEN. This version clarifies the requirements for cords and drawstrings in children’s garments and includes explanatory drawings. The reference of standard EN 14682:2007 is not published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Between November 2008 and February 2010, the market surveillance authorities of 11 Member States jointly investigated the compliance of children clothes in their markets with the requirements of EN 14682:2007. The project was co-financed by the Commission.

The national market surveillance authorities participating in the project submitted more than 400 RAPEX notifications of garments which did not comply with the requirements of standard EN 14682:2007. These notifications accounted for a significant share of the total of RAPEX notifications received in 2009.

This joint project also promoted a more widespread knowledge and raised awareness of the requirements of standard EN 14682:2007 for economic operators along the supply chain.