EU – CEN Makes Available CEN/TR 16792:2014 Safety of Children’s Clothing – Recommendations for the Design and Manufacture of Children’s Clothing

Vol. 800 | December 18, 2014

On 17th December 2014, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) made available CEN/TR 16792:2014 – Recommendations for the Design and Manufacture of Children’s Clothing; as a result conflicting ‘National Standards’ such as BS 7907 should be subsequently withdrawn.   

The General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC requires that all products placed on the market are safe. Product safety may be assessed by reference to a number of regulations and standards including industry codes of practice such as European technical reports (TR). This document takes the form of a technical report.

In the absence of a European standard, BS 7907 was used as a base for this technical report.
CEN/TR 16792 includes recommendations for design and manufacture of safe children’s clothing in relation to mechanical hazards. The mechanical hazards and associated risks include but are not limited to:

  • Ischemic injuries
  • Penile zipper entrapment
  • Injuries from sharp objects
  • Choking and aspiration
  • Suffocation

Recommended values are given for security of attachment of non-textile components (i.e., buttons, press fasteners/poppers) on clothing for babies and infants. In addition, a button tensile strength test is also included within this report.

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