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December 4, 2017

China updates standard for apparel with fillings

China has issued an updated version of its product standard GB/T 2662 for clothes filled with either natural fibres, chemical fibres, or a blend of these materials.

By Beth Wright

China has issued an updated version of its product standard GB/T 2662 for clothes filled with either natural fibres, chemical fibres, or a blend of these materials.

The 2017 version of the standard, issued by the National Technical Committee of Garments of the Standardization Administration of China, replaces the 2008 version and was implemented on Friday (1 December).

It covers mass produced woven textile fabric clothing with fillings and apparel that has animal fur or artificial fur linings and/or detachable linings. It does not cover products containing down or feather, or infant clothing for children aged less than 36 months.

GB/T 2662-2017 contains several revisions to GB/T 2662-2008 including changes to the applicable scope of the standard, normative references, instruction for use, information about auxiliary material, appearance defects, sewing rules, ironing rules, inspections and classification of finished products, and inspection and determination rules for finished products.

It includes a provision that children’s clothing with fillings, for children aged 36 months to 14 years, should comply with the requirements of GB 31701, the testing methods for finished products and the test method for the safety performance of children’s clothing.

Meanwhile, the new edition also lists a series of new tests including those for fibre and formaldehyde content, pH value, banned azo colourants, dimensional change after dry cleaning, colourfastness, seam strength and slippages, and the appearance after washing and/or dry cleaning.

In addition, GB/T 2662-2017 has deleted two annexes: test methods for seam slippage; and sample sketch for the seam strength of trouser back rise.

Stakeholders are advised to check their products to comply with the latest version of the standard.

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