1 April 2015
Japan New Safety Standard for Cords and Drawstrings on Children’s Clothing
Cords and drawstrings on children’s clothing pose the risk of accidental strangulation and entrapment. Several countries have already set safety requirements to minimize the risk of accident. In June 2014, the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC) decided to formulate a new standard to ensure that children’s clothes placed on the Japanese market are safe with regard to cords and drawstrings according to the requirements of the FDJIS L 4129 (final draft version). The final JIS will be promulgated in December 2015.
The new FDJIS L 4129 requires related industries to meet standards for such cords and drawstrings based on age group and body part to ensure that all children’s clothing is safe. FDJIS L 4129 applies to all clothing with cords or drawstrings designed for children under 13 years of age and the general requirements are similar to those stated in the European safety standard: EN 14682, but with some modifications made.
In addition to the general requirements on cords and drawstrings for children’s clothing, the standard also includes risk assessment consideration in Appendix E (Reference) to minimize the risk to children of accidentally being tangled in strings attached to their clothes; and safety of hoods in Appendix F (Reference).
Documents for FDJIS L 4129 are written in Japanese. However, SGS is committed to update any interested parties on this standard and the latest Japanese regulations on textile and apparel products. For details, please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
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