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GB 18401-2010 Goes Into Effect in August 2011

The amendment of the mandatory textiles and apparels standard GB 18401-2010 in China has been approved and will be enforced on 1 Aug 2011. The important updates are as below:

1. Scope: Chapter 1, GB18401-2010 points out that the standard is also applicable to home use textile products; GB18401-2003 didn’t include home use textiles.

2.  Cited normative documents: Chapter 2, according to Annex C of GB18401-2010, List of carcinogenic arylamines that are not allowed to be decomposed under reducing condition: added test method GB/T 23344: Textile - determination of 4-Aminoazobenzene; GB18401-2003 did not include GB/T 23344: Textile - determination of 4-Aminoazobenzene.

3. Terms and definitions: Chapter 3.3, in GB18401-2010, products normally suitable for children 36 months of age or younger  (height of 100cm or under) can be deemed as textile products for infants; in GB18401-2003, products for babies were limited only to babies up to 24 months old.

4. Requirements:

Chapter 5.1 table1, pH value of Type B is 4.0~8.5 in GB18401-2010; pH value of Type B was 4.0~7.5 in GB18401-2003.

Chapter 5.1 remark B in table 1, GB18401-2010 added: Not applicable to: products that are of original colour or bleached products; traditional handcrafted products such as tie dyed or wax printed products.

GB18401-2003 specified, not applicable to the discolored products in washing.

Chapter 5.2, GB18401-2010 added: Testing for colorfastness to perspiration of hanging and decorative products such as curtains is not required.

5. Annex: In GB18401-2010, according to Annex A, List of textile products which is out of the range, added,

A.11 Sanitary products that are disposable in nature
A.12  Umbrellas, shoes, suitcases or backpacks, etc.
A.13 Carpets;

Remark: The above comparisons are based on the submitted-for-approval edition of the new GB 18401-2010 and only for reference. For the official edition, please refer to the final published version.

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