Taiwan BSMI Announces Update of CNS 15290-Safety of Textile (General Requirements)

Vol. 744 | December 09, 2013

In order to protect the health and safety of consumers, the Taiwan Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) has regulated hazardous substances through CNS 15290 “Safety of Textile Products (General Requirements)” for several years. All textile products including garments, apparel, clothing accessories, hosiery, underwear,etc. are required to comply with CNS 15290.

In order to stay current with eco-trends and environmental legislation affecting textile products, Taiwan BSMI recently released a new version of CNS 15290 and added Nonylphenol and Nonylphenol ethoxylate (NP/NPEO) requirements in it. In addition, it also replaced the old testing method of formaldehyde with CNS 15580-1, which refers to ISO 14184-1:2011. 

Please see the latest requirements of CNS 15290 as follows.

Test Methods and Requirements:

Test Item

Test Method

Baby textile products

Textile products in direct contact with skin

2 years old or 86 cm height

2 ~12 years old

>12 years old

Free formaldehyde

CNS 15580-1: 2012 comply with

CNS 14940:1990

20 ppm

75 ppm

75 ppm

Azo dyestuff

CNS 15205-1:2008 & CNS 15205-2:2008

CNS 15204:2008(leather)

30 ppm


CNS 4797-2:2004

90 ppm

90 ppm



CNS 4797-2:2004


Organic Tin


NIEA T504.30B

TBT: 0.5 ppm

TPT: 0.5 ppm

TBT: 1 ppm

TPT: 1 ppm

Nonylphenol & Nonylphenol ethoxylate (NP/NPEO)

CNS 15579



Physical safety requirement

CNS 15291

Need to comply with CNS 15291

* test on accessories only           

Taiwan BSMI has an inspection scheme for textile and apparel products, including babies’ garments, clothing accessories, towel, bedding and underwear, which should follow the BSMI inspection scheme and must be affixed with commodity certification mark. However, products excluding the types mentioned above are only applied “market sampling and inspection.”

Although the updated CNS 15290 has been released, the inspection of textile and apparel products will not follow the new version until July 1, 2014.  As a result, beginning July 1, 2014, textile and apparel products will have to be compliance with the updated version, which has added Nonylphenol and Nonylphenol ethoxylate (NP/NPEO) requirements.

If products that are sold, manufactured or imported in Taiwan market do not comply with CNS 15290, there will be penalties on the obligated entity.

 Scope of the Inspection Scheme:


For questions, please contact:

Ms. Cheryl Yang
Tel: +(886-2)6602-2888 Ext.606
Email: cheryl.yang@intertek.com

Mr. Jason Chen
Tel: +(886-2)6602-2888 Ext.664
Email: jason.chen@intertek.com

Mr. Chris Chen
Tel: +(886-2)6602-2888 Ext.675
Email: chris.ty.chen@intertek.com



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