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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: .

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    When the revision of EN14682 is published the Guidance document may be withdrawn.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  

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.