On June 2, 2017, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology abolished 2,749 industry standards, including several relating to Softlines. Published as No.23 Announcement, the standards were abolished on the day of publishing.
The abolished standards relating to Softlines can be divided into five categories. These are standards for final products, raw materials, accessory products (for example, metals zippers), methods for testing items, (for example, down), and for identification (for example, fiber content). To see a more comprehensive list of these abolished standards, look at SGS Safeguard 103/17 (link below).
Stakeholders should take special note of several abolished standards, including FZ/T 81003-2003 - Children clothing and students wear. This standard has been used by a number of manufacturers but, following its abolishment, stakeholders now need to use an appropriate alternative, for example:
- FZ/T 73045-2013 Knitted children’s wear
- GB/T 31900-2015 Woven children’s clothing
Stakeholders should also be aware that FZ/T 01053-2007 - Identification of fiber content has been abolished. Manufacturers are now advised to apply GB/T 29862-2013 Textiles-Identification of fiber content.
These standards have been abolished because they either have corresponding national standards or have overlapping scopes with other industry or national standards.
Stakeholders are advised to check their products against current enforced regulations in order to ensure compliance.
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