Producing Clothes or Toys for the EU

26 July 2012

Do you produce clothing or toys for the European Union? If the answer is "yes" then you're probably already working to the guidelines of RAPEX.

The recent RAPEX (the Community Rapid Information System for non-food products) Annual Report 2011, published in 2012 noted that the most unsafe products are clothing, textiles and fashion items, which accounted for 27% of the risks reported, and toys, which accounted for 21%.

RAPEX is key to ensuring that European consumer have confidence that the products they are buying are safe. The main objective of the RAPEX system is to ensure that only safe products are put on the European Single Market.

Increased attention is given to product safety by authorities and companies and following the guidelines set out in this report it allows Member States to identify the correct level of risk posed by specific products at earlier stages in production and gives manufacturers the chance to apply corrective measures early in the production process.

HOW TO REDUCE RISK

Testing your products at the different stages of production decreases the chance of a full product recall which can be extremely costly to manufacturers.

The new James Heal Titan4 can be used to test the safety of cords and drawstrings on children's clothing to the standards of EN-14682 as well as the mechanical and physical properties to the exacting standards of EN 71-1. These standards are included in the extensive library of National and International Standards and Retailers' test methods in TestWise, Test Analysis software that is designed to help make testing easier and only works with the brand new Titan4.

Toys that are sold in the EU have to legally comply with EN 71 and the James Heal FlexiBurn can help toy manufacturers reduce the flammability hazards associated with toys (EN 71-2). FlexiBurn is an extremely adaptable machine is suitable for numerous vertical tests including small toys, as well as fabric testing.

Use James Heal testing instruments to make sure you comply with the legally required standards.

Tags: Safety, Standards