Are Your Clothing, Textile Products, and Toys Ready for Halloween?

October 31, 2019

 

Every Halloween millions of people dress up in fancy costumes to trick or treat everybody around them. However, nobody cares about the danger behind these funny and innocent jokes associated with unsafe, low-quality or flammable clothes and other related stuff. 

 

As a manufacturer putting your products on the EU market, you should follow the main rules applicable to textiles and toys to avoid this holiday becoming your consumers’ worst nightmare.

 

The main rules applicable to clothing and textiles in the EU

 

The EU textile regulation sets the following definition of textile products: Textile products are any raw, semi-worked, worked, semi-manufactured, manufactured, semi-made-up or made-up product which is exclusively composed of textile fibers, regardless of the mixing or assembly process employed.

 

In addition, the following products are also considered as textile products:

 

  • Products containing at least 80% by weight of textile fibers;

  • Products incorporating textile components and which form an integral part of the product.

 

When we are speaking about clothing and textiles imported to the territory of the European Union, the following main rules should be taken into account:

 

  • REACH;

  • Laboratory testing;

  • EU Children’s Clothing Regulations;

  • EU Textiles Labeling Rules.

 

REACH regulation 

 

REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. Many chemicals are being used during the manufacturing process. Therefore, it is crucial to follow the regulations in order to avoid harm to people.

 

Who is subject to this regulation?

 

  • Manufacturers of products that contain chemical substances;

  • Importers of products that contain chemical substances;

  • Companies or users who use chemicals in their industrial or professional activity.

 

Companies outside the EU don’t have to follow REACH, even they export their products to the EU. The responsibility goes to the importer.

 

Which chemicals and heavy metals are restricted?

 

The full list of the restricted substances is available in the Annex XVII of REACH. However, lab testing companies can save your time and help you find out which chemicals, heavy metals, and pollutants to check during the test.

 

Laboratory testing 

 

REACH lab testing is not mandatory for closing and textile products. Nevertheless, failure to comply with the regulations can result in heavy penalties. That is why lab testing is recommended in order to prevent unexpected issues.

 

EU Children’s Clothing Regulations

 

When entering the EU market, children’s clothing must meet the relevant requirements to prevent kids from fatal incidents. If the products do not comply with the EU rules they will be withdrawn from the market immediately. Here we listed some standards as below:

 

The following two standards are mandatory for the children’s clothing entering the EU:

 

  • EN 14878:2007 Burning Behaviour of Children’s Nightwear;

  • EN 14682:2014 Safety of Children’s Clothing.

 

EU Textiles Labeling Rules

 

The EU Textile and Clothing Regulation requires mandatory labeling or marking of the products as soon as they enter the market.  

 

The following information must be placed on the label:

 

  • Full fiber composition;

  • Non-textile parts of animal origin (such as fur or leather);

  • Mechanized processing codes.

 

Textile products must carry a durable, legible, easily visible, and accessible label, either on the product or on its packaging.

 

The information must be written in the official languages of the country where the product is marketed.
 

Toy Safety Rules in the EU

 

Today, EU legislation aims to ensure that toys meet safety requirements to guarantee that the products marketed in the EU do not put children at risk. 

The Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC is the main document that establishes market access rules for the products. However, toys must also comply with any other EU legislation applicable to them. 

The following safety requirements are covered by the Directive:

 

  • General risks: the health and safety of children, as well as other people such as parents or caregivers;

  • Particular risks: physical and mechanical, flammability, chemical, electrical, hygiene, and radioactivity risks.

 

There are two possible conformity assessment procedures for toys to be sold in the EU:

 

  • Self-verification by using the European harmonized standards;

  • Third-party verification through a notified body.

 

All toys sold in the EU must be affixed with CE marking. 

 

How GMA Consult Group can help with EU market access for clothing, textile products, and toys?

 

As a trusted partner, GMA Consult Group has a wide network of partners among testing laboratories and certification bodies acting on the whole territory of the EU. We provide a full-cycle market access service for clothing, textile products, and toys entering the territory of the European Union. Our team of industry experts can help you to ensure that your products comply with all the relevant requirements and local standards.

 

We are ready to assist you in:

 

  • Determining the relevant standards for your products;

  • Designing and implementing physical, flammability, chemical, and functional testing;

  • Interpreting test results;

  • Providing consultations on the way to your product market launch.

 

Need your own guide to the world of certification and approvals? Don't hesitate to contact us via info@gma.trade.

 

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