GB 18401-2010 National General Safety Technical Code for Textile Products
The effective date for compliance with GB 18401-2010 is Aug 1, 2012. It replaces GB 18401-2003 after that day.
The standard is intended to
control the hazardous substances in textile products, improve textile product
quality, ensure people's basic safety and health and to enforce the general
safety and technical specifications for clothes and decorative textiles sold in
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The standard divides all textile products into three categories: Infant products, skin contact products and non-skin contact products. Products are assessed in comparison with the specific technical requirements listed in the below table. Infant products should comply with the requirement of Type A, skin contact products should at least comply with Type B and non-skin contact should at least comply with Type C. All components that make up an infant product shall meet the Type A technical requirements as specified by the table below, The component less than 1% of the whole weight of non-infant products can be exempted from testing.
Claim of Product Compliance
The rule explicitly requires that infant products must be marked with 'Infant Product' in Chinese on the label. Other products shall include the safety code with which the product complies. Because the labeling requirement must be met for product compliance, manufacturers need to ensure their products are properly labeled in order to sell them in China and avoid losses.
It is recommended that product’s safety code shall be put together with the instructions on product packaging, on a hang tag or other forms of labels. For infant products, the safety code is suggested to be marked after the product name. For other products, it can be marked after the executive product standard number or other places.
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