European Standard for cords on children's cords on children's clothes published

16/02/2005

Following ANEC's initiative and active participation, CEN drafted a European standard EN 14682 "Safety of children's clothing - cords and drawstrings on children's clothing – Specifications" which was published in November 2004. The standard deals with the dangers of cords and drawstrings on children's clothing, particularly in the head and neck areas of children's garments. These have a high potential for causing strangulation incidents, and several fatal accidents have occurred in playgrounds.

The standard, which meets the key priorities of ANEC, will:

  • Ban the use of cords and drawstrings in the head and neck areas of garments for babies and children up to the age of 7;
  • Restrict the use of cords in the head and neck areas for children and young persons aged 7 to 14 (mainly restrictions on length, use of elasticated cords and characteristics of toggles);
  • Restrict the use of cords on any part of clothing for children and young persons from 0 to 14 (mainly limits on length and restrictions related to toggles).

ANEC will ask the European Commission to publish the standard in the EU Official Journal. ANEC has also suggested further standardisation work on general safety aspects of children's clothing, to CEN.

Source: www.anec.org

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