New Knitted Casual Wear Industry Standard Released in China

China has
issued a new version of its industry standard for knitted casual wear, which
came into effect on July 1, 2020.

Published by
the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, FZ/T 73020-2019 covers
products that are primarily manufactured using knitted fabrics. It does not
apply to products made for infants aged 36 months or under.

There are multiple updates in FZ/T 73020-2019, in comparison to the 2012 iteration.
Alterations include:

  • Instructions that children’s product use
    must comply with a specified clause in GB 31701
  • Terms and definitions for mini shorts and
    fluorescence color
  • Labeling rules for sizes beyond the
  • Applicable scope for the colorfastness of
    natural color or bleached fabrics
  • Assessment for results and single sample
  • Colorfastness for linings
  • Test items for appearance after washing
  • Requirements and test methods for the staining
    degree of soap solution
  • Requirements covering colorfastness to
    light for apparel in fluorescence color

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The new standard contains
adjustments to:

  • Normative references
  • Requirements for colorfastness
    to rubbing, light, dry-cleaning, and light of textiles wetted with artificial
  • Requirements covering
  • Requirements covering spirality
    for tops after laundering
  • Measurement description for
    spirality after laundering

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Revisions include:

  • Applicable
  • Test method for
    colorfastness to transfer in joints
  • Sewing
  • Specification
    of sampling number

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The new standard has removed:

  • Net dry content requirement for fiber
  • Annex A of FZ/T 73020-2012
  • Requirements
    for dresses and short skirts
  • Requirements
    for colorfastness for prints and pyrographics

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The standard contains technical
requirements relating to:

  • Appearance:
    dimension tolerance, dimension difference in symmetrical position, and sewing requirements
  • Internal quality: fiber content, formaldehyde content, pH value, odor,
    decomposable carcinogenic aromatic amines, bursting strength,
    pilling, dimension change after laundering, dimension change after
    dry-cleaning, spirality after laundering, appearance after laundering, and multiple
    requirements relating to colorfastness

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Stakeholders are advised to now check
their knitted casual wear conforms to the latest version of

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