Taiwan Updates Safety Standard for Cords and Drawstrings on Children’s Clothing

Taiwan’s BSMI has revised its children’s clothing standard for cords and drawstrings, effective July 12, 2019.
( | Press Release | 2019-10-24 17:36:33 )
Taiwan’s Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) has updated its standard for cords and drawstrings on children’s clothing – CNS 15291. CNS 15291:2019 updates the 2009 iteration of the standard with reference to BS EN 14682:2014 – Safety of children's clothing – cords and drawstrings on children's clothing – specifications.

The latest version has four primary amendments:

1. Adjustable tabs – permissible on sleeves provided they are no longer than 10 cm in length and when open do not hang below the edge of the sleeve (Section 3.7.5)
2. Chest and waist area – garments worn from waist down without shoulder straps, braces or sleeves (e.g. trousers, shorts, skirts, briefs, bikini bottoms) shall not have free ends for drawstrings longer than 20 cm at each end when the garment is in a relaxed natural state (Section 3.4.1)
3. Sleeves – drawstrings, functional cords and decorative cords positioned below the elbow on long sleeves, shall not hang below the lower edge and free ends shall be no longer than 7.5 cm (Section 3.7)
4. Halter neck-style garments – shall be constructed with no free ends at the neck and throat area (Section 3.2.6 & 3.3.6). The use of a clip or fastening of two cords is acceptable, provided these do not result in free ends of cords when garment is worn

CNS 15291:2019 applies to children’s clothing, including costumes and skiwear, for children up to the age of fourteen. In addition to the changes listed above, it has also updated the height and size information, with reference to data published by Taiwan Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare. The latest version has the following requirements:

• Young child – boys aged from birth to 7 years of a height up to and including 131 cm and girls height up to and including 130 cm
• Older child and young person – boys aged from 7 to 14 years of a height greater than 131 cm up to 176 cm, and girls of a height greater than 130 cm up to 167 cm

This standard and BS EN 14682:2014 aim to reduce the incidents of entrapment of cords and drawstrings on children’s clothing in playground equipment, moving vehicles, etc. International accident data indicates these forms of accident can have serious consequences.

CNS 15291:2019 was issued on July 12, 2019, with immediate effect. Stakeholders are advised to now check their products conform to the latest children’s clothing requirements for Taiwan.

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