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Korea Announces a Special Act on Safety Management of Children’s Products

Photo: Children’s clothes and footwear
Photo: Children’s clothes and footwear

The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) has established a common safety standard for all products designed for children. According to the legislation, infant and children’s textile and leather products are regulated under the Special Act on Safety Management of Children’s Products by Enactment of the Common Safety Standards of Children’s Products, Safety Confirmation Act and Suppliers’ Declaration of Conformity Act. The new regulation will become effective after 4th June 2016.

(A)  Safety Confirmation Act

All textile products for infants are regulated under the Special Act on Safety Management of Children’s Products – Enactment of Common Safety Standards of Children’s Products and Safety Confirmation Act Annex 1 (Textile Products for Infants).

Products must be tested and certified by local authorized Korean testing and inspection institutions, an approval Korea Certification Mark (KC Mark) must be attached on the products before distribution to the Korean market.

Product scope for infant textile products includes outerwear, innerwear, sleeping gear, shoes, socks, gloves, headgear, bags and baby goods.

Table: Consolidated Requirements for Infant Textile Products
Table: Consolidated Requirements for Infant Textile Products

 

(B)  Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity Act

Infant and children’s leather products and children’s textile products are regulated under the Special Act on Safety Management of Children’s Products – Enactment of Common Safety Standards of Children’s Products and Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity Act Annex 1 (Leather Products) and Annex 15 (Textile Products). Manufacturer or importer shall confirm the satisfaction by self-test or test conducted by a third party service provider (ISO 17025 accredited labs) for existence of any hazardous substances. Inspection agency shall verify the standard compliance according to the Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity Act.

Product scope for infant leather products is the same as those listed for infant textile products.

Product scope for children’s textile and leather products includes innerwear and midwear with direct skin contact, outerwear without direct skin contact, bedding and others (e.g. bags)

(Note: Natural or synthetic leather or fur material with more than 60% surface area on shell are considered as leather items.)

Table: Consolidated Requirements for Infant and Children’s Leather Products
Table: Consolidated Requirements for Infant and Children’s Leather Products

Note:   *  Labeling Requirement for Children Products

           ** DEHP+BBP+DBP: 1000 mg/kg for children products not intended to be placed in mouth

                DEHP+BBP+DBP+DIDP+DNOP+DINP: 1000 mg/kg for children products intended to be placed in mouth

 

Table: Consolidated Requirements for Children’s Textile Products
Table: Consolidated Requirements for Children’s Textile Products

Note:  *   Labeling Requirement for Children Products

           ** DEHP+BBP+DBP: 1000 mg/kg for children products not intended to be placed in mouth

                DEHP+BBP+DBP+DIDP+DNOP+DINP: 1000 mg/kg for children products intended to be placed in mouth

 

(C)  Safety Quality Mark Act

Apart from infant and children’s products, textile and leather products designated for ages over 13 years old are regulated under the Quality Management and Safety Control of Industrial Products Act – Safety Quality Mark Act Annex 1 (Household Textile Products) and Annex 3 (Leather Products). Manufacturer or importer shall confirm the satisfaction by self-test or test conducted by a third party service provider (ISO 17025 accredited labs) for existence of any hazardous substances. Inspection agency shall verify the standard compliance according to Safety Quality Mark Act.

Product scope for textile and leather products includes innerwear and midwear with direct skin contact, outerwear without direct skin contact and bedding.

Table: Requirements Summary for Safety Quality Mark Act – Annex 1 – Household Textile Products
Table: Requirements Summary for Safety Quality Mark Act – Annex 1 – Household Textile Products


Table: Requirements Summary for Safety Quality Mark Act – Annex 3 – Leather Products
Table: Requirements Summary for Safety Quality Mark Act – Annex 3 – Leather Products

 

(D)  Safety Quality Labeling Requirement

All textile and leather products imported into Korea should bear the appropriate labels with the  “KC mark” and written labeling information in Korean. Name of the manufacturer or product model name may be presented in English, if such information is difficult to be written in Korean. Labels should be permanently attached on the products. The same product sold in a package containing two or more pieces (except top and bottom set of garment) may have labels indicated on the surface of the package.  Sewn in label can be exempted on small items, and the information can be indicated on the package, tags or stickers.

Table: Labeling Information for Textile Products and for Leather Products
Table: Labeling Information for Textile Products and for Leather Products

 

(E)  Warning Statement in Safety Quality Labeling (In Korean)

Table: Korean Warning statment for textile and leather products
Table: Korean Warning statment for textile and leather products

 

Reference:

Enactment of Common Safety Standards of Children’s Products - http://www.kats.go.kr/content.do?cmsid=503

Safety Confirmation Act - http://www.kats.go.kr/content.do?cmsid=499

Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity Act - http://www.kats.go.kr/content.do?cmsid=501

Safety Quality Mark Act - http://www.kats.go.kr/content.do?cmsid=51

 

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