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The European Commission’s Technical Report CEN/TR 17376:2019 - Guidance on the Use of EN 14682:2014 Cords and Drawstrings on Children's Clothing was launched to assist manufacturers of garments in the fast-paced, children’s fashion industry. The 2014 revision of EN 14682 initiated the need for further guidance on the technical aspects of garment design.

TR 17376 and EN 14682 are intended to help avoid safety issues and potentially tragic consequences, and to give clearer direction to prevent incautious or inappropriate designs.

A number of questions arose from interested parties after the implementation of EN 14682 and so the European Commission has used the Technical Report as a means to address many of them:

  • Are products listed as “out of scope” in EN 14682 presumed to be safe?
  • Why does the standard not consider hoods on garments?
  • Why are disguise costumes and carnival clothing listed in the scope of EN 14682?
  • What is the difference between a tied belt (in scope) and a belt (out of scope)?
  • Why are braces (suspenders) outside the scope of EN 14682?
  • Why are religious clothes not in the scope?
  • Are swimsuits, bikinis and board shorts considered to be specialist sportswear?
  • Are bags sold with the garment excluded from the scope?
  • How should decorations near the end of decorative cords or functional cords be considered?
  • Are frayed edges or faux fur cuffs on sleeves, or garment hems considered as fringes?
  • Are display loops acceptable?
  • Are tubular scarves such as a snood acceptable?
  • Are loops for fastening garments such as a duffel coat acceptable?
  • How should cords in the waist, which are less than 3cm wide, and which pass through loops be considered?

The report is designed to give clarity on details by using photographs and pictograms to aid designers and manufacturers and to give background to the thinking behind the committee’s decisions. Where required, items which will be put forward to the next revision of EN 14682 are highlighted.

SGS advises stakeholders to review CEN/TR 17376:2019 - Guidance on the Use of EN 14682:2014 Cords and Drawstrings on Children's Clothing – to ensure they create and manufacture safe and compliant children’s garments according to the standard.

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