SGS Helps Stakeholders Understand China’s New National Standard for Multifunctional Knitted Products

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, has published SafeGuardS 050.23 to help stakeholders understand China’s new national product standard for multifunctional knitted products.

GB/T 41788-2022 came into effect on May 1, 2023. It was issued by the Standardization Administration of China and included in China’s No. 13 announcement of approved national standards in 2022.

The document defines multifunctional knitted products as being:

– Made of fabrics with two or more different functions where the knitted parts account for 70 percent or more of the total area, or
– Made of two or more different kinds of functional fabrics where the knitted parts account for 70 percent or more of the total area

It should be noted that if the knitted product is made of multi-layer fabrics, each fabric layer shall have two or more functions, where each layer of the functional knitted fabrics accounts for 70 percent or more of the total area. Also, conventional protection properties and decorative properties for garments and accessories are excluded.

Products within the scope are divided into three categories:

1. Knitted garments – underwear, outerwear, brassieres, swimming suits, sportswear, home-wear, T-shirts, etc.
2. Knitted accessories – caps, hosiery, gloves, sheets, towels, desk cloths, etc.
3. Knitted fabrics – jersey, interlock, warp lace, wool pile fabrics, etc.

SGS has published SafeGuardS 050.23 to help stakeholders gain a better understanding of the requirements in GB/T 41788-2022. It includes a table covering the functional requirements listed in the standard and information on chemical control requirements.

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Louann Spirito
Consumer and Retail – Softlines
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