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Korea to Implement Common Safety Standard for Children’s Products

March 10, 2016

The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) has released the “Children’s Products Safety Special Act,” for textile and leather products intended for children aged 13 or under, and infants under 36 months.   Manufactured and imported children’s products must now comply with the following (note links are in Korean):   Safety Confirmation Act   Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity Act   Safety Quality Mark Act   Common Safety Standard of Children’s Products   The Safety Confirmation Act and Suppliers’ Declaration of Conformity Act provide the maximum thresholds for hazardous substances in infant and children’s textile and leather products, including clothing, bedding, bags and newborn baby goods. These substances include, but are not limited to:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Azo dyes
  • Phthalates
  • Organotin compounds (dibutyltin and tributyltin)
  • Total lead
  • Nickel release

  Lastly, the Common Safety Standard of Children’s Products includes all children’s products, even those that are not manufactured from leather or textiles.   The standard is effective beginning June 4, 2016.

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