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China – Update of the National Standard for Down and Feather

Photo: Down and feather jacket
Photo: Down and feather jacket

The revisions to the standard focus mostly on down and feather penetration, dust problems and odour. There will be some changes to the technical requirements of testing methods. These changes will help to improve the quality of the down and feather products.

Consumer's interest in product health and safety increases day by day. The requirements for down and feathers used as raw materials in finished products sold in the China domestic and the International markets have become more and more strict. There have been changes to the international detection technology and methods. The requirements in the existing national standard GB/T 17685-2003 are not realistic for practical production requirements and the market demand. The China national standard for down and feather was revised to harmonize with international standards. The revised standard will help to protect the rights of online consumers, the interests of manufacturing companies, keep fair market competition and provide the foundation for management, production and trading. The revised standard GB/T 17685-2016 will go into effect on July 1, 2017 and will replace GB/T 17685-2003. Significant technical updates are summarized in the tables below.

Table: Quality requirements for down and feather
Quality Requirements for Down and Feather (1).
Table: Quality requirements for down and feather
Quality Requirements for Down and Feather (1).
Table: Quality requirements for down and feather
Quality Requirements for Down and Feather (2).
Table: Quality requirements for down and feather
Quality Requirements for Down and Feather (2).

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