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New Chinese Mandatory Textile Standard – GB/T 29862-2013

March 27, 2014

On May 1, 2014, the new China national standard GB/T 29862-2013 Textiles-Identification of Fiber Content will replace the FZ/T 01053-2007. Textile and apparel products placed on the Chinese market are subject to a number of mandatory quality and safety requirements expressed through mandatory national (GB) standards. Products that fail to meet the mandatory GB standards may not be placed on the China market.

Why It Matters
Jointly issued by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China and the Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China, the standard includes:

  • Labeling requirements
  • Marking principles
  • Expression methods
  • Allowable deviation and judgment of label conformity
  • Examples of textile fiber content

Major changes include:

  • Cause 2: Delete ISO 2076 textile- synthetic fiber- generic name
  • Cause 5.2: Delete details of cotton type and hemp type products (fiber content based on net dry weight)
  • Cause 5.3: Delete ISO 2076
  • Cause 5.4: Delete “Fiber without specified names”
  • Cause 6.7: “Outer" is replaced by "shell and lining”; Add down content
  • Cause 6.11: Add “product contains decidable functional fiber” (such as elastic, metal fiber, etc.)
  • Cause 6.13: "Not main component of product" revise to “non-exposed parts and some small parts”; at the part where the fiber element may not be indicated, add connecting lines and partial filling; Add “except non-exposed components like as lining, cushion, inner lining, etc.”
  • Cause 6.14:  Add film products into non-fiber matter that are hard to remove and identify whether coating or glue is contained as required;  Add examples
  • Cause 6.15: Delete examples as “brassiere and belly band, etc.”
  • Cause 7.2: Add “Cashmere blending product contains suspected wool of no more than 5% of claimed cashmere; and wool products may contain cashmere”
  • Cause 7.4: Specify the tolerance on label for fiber contents
  • Appendix A: Add decorative and back bags out of this standard

How UL Can Help
UL offers testing services for GB/T 29862-2013 to help ensure that buyers, manufacturers and trading companies' are in compliance with the GB standard, and provides guidance for the sale of products in the Chinese market. For more information please contact