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CEN Updates EN 14682:2007 Safety of Children’s Clothing - Cords and Drawstrings

January 21, 2015

In October of 2015 the European Union (EU) published a list of standards harmonized under the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC, including the new version of EN 14682:2014.  This is the new standard to be used in order to have a presumption of conformity for cords and drawstrings on children’s clothing.

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN), Technical Committee CEN/TC 248 “Textiles and Textile Products” has published a new version of EN 14682:2014 which will come into effective June 2015. This document supersedes EN 14682:2007 which will be withdrawn in June 2015. This European Standard specifies requirements for cords and drawstrings on children's clothing years, including disguise costumes and ski apparel, intended for children up to the age of 14 years. It is stated within the scope of the European Standard that it is not possible to cover all potential hazards that may create an unsafe garment. Conversely, identifiable specific hazards in certain styles/ design of garment might not present a risk for certain age groups. It is recommended that an individual risk assessment be carried out on any garment in order to ensure that it does not present a hazard to the wearer. Source