New Standard for Infant’s Knitted Garments and Accessories Released in China

China’s new
industry standard for knitted garments and accessories for infants came into
effect on July 1, 2020. Issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information
Technology, FZ/T 73025-2019 replaces the 2013 iteration and contains multiple

FZ/T 73025-2019
applies to clothing accessories aimed at infants that are primary made from
knitted fabrics. Products that fall under the scope of this standard include underwear,
outwear, sleepwear, all-in-ones, bellybands, trousers, hosiery, foot straps,
caps, gloves, bibs, aprons, scarves, swaddle wraps, quilts, sleeping bags, and bedding.

The latest version of the
standard adds:

  • Applicable scope for the colorfastness of
    natural color or bleached fabrics
  • Specification for “packaging of the
    textile products for infants and children should not be allowed to apply
    needles and other metal sharp objects”
  • Applicable scope for colorfastness in joints
  • Applicable scope for pilling properties
  • Applicable scope for the water-vapor
    transmission rate
  • Applicable scope for appearance after
  • Technical requirements for heavy metal
    content, phthalate content, attached components, filling materials, pilling,
    appearance after washing, water-vapor transmission rate, down-proof property of
    down garments
  • Note 2 in Table 1 on the definition of
    elastic fabrics
  • Note 3 in Table 1 on the recommendations for
    infant products

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There are also adjustments
relating to:

  • Technical requirements in the
    standard’s Table 1
  • Grade assessment of
    appearance defects
  • Requirements for dimension difference in symmetrical position
  • Requirements for dimension
  • Technical requirements for
    dimensional change after washing, colorfastness in joints and some colorfastness

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The new version of the
standard also has revisions to:

  • Applicable
  • Normative
  • Reference
    specification in instructions for use
  • Applicable scope for extractable
    heavy metal content
  • Test method for
    colorfastness in joints
  • Applicable
    scope for dimension change after laundering
  • Condition for appearance
    quality inspection
  • Terms for
    knitted garments and accessories for infants
  • Specifications
    for raw materials

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The new standard has removed:

  • Specification on “flame retardant finish
    of infants textile products is not recommended”
  • Specification on “Do not test sewing
    strength of press snap button and spring snap button”
  • Specification on stitch density
  • Annex A of FZ/T 73025-2013

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The standard contains technical
requirements relating to:

  • Appearance:
    dimension tolerance, dimension difference in symmetrical position, raw
    materials and sewing requirements
  • Internal quality: fiber content, formaldehyde content, pH value, odor,
    decomposable carcinogenic aromatic amines, heavy metal content, phthalate
    content, flammability, filling materials, attached components, extractable
    heavy metal content, dimension change after laundering, appearance after
    laundering, water-vapor transmission rate, the remains of broken sewing
    needles, down-proof property of down garments, pilling, tensile strength of
    strap, and multiple requirements relating to colorfastness

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Stakeholders are advised to
now check their knitted garments and accessories for infants comply with the
latest version of

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