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15.10.2018 | Лидия Соколова

Technical regulations "On the safety of products for children and adolescents"

For the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the amendments made by the Commission Council in April 2018 to the Union Technical Regulations on the Safety of products intended for Children and Adolescents have come into force.



In the new edition of the technical regulations, the term "standard sample" was clarified. In the past, it had to be presented for each age group, was prepared by the same manufacturer, from the same materials and according to identical technical documents. 


Now it is allowed to use one standard sample for several age groups. This allows manufacturers to reduce the costs of conducting the conformity assessment procedure of products. In addition, clarifications have been made on the division of clothing for children and adolescents into the second and third layers. Suits, including school uniforms, will belong to the second layer if the lining is missing or occupies less than 40% of the area of the top of the product, and, accordingly, to the third layer if it is at least 40% of the area.


The division of clothing into the second and third layers fundamentally changes the approach to assessing the safety of the product. The technical regulations set more stringent requirements for the clothing of the second layer. For example, for the age group of children from 7 to 14 years, an increased hygroscopicity of the second layer of clothing has been established. This figure is 7%. The air permeability index of the second layer of clothing should be at least 100 dm2/m2, and for the third layer at least 70 dm2/m2;(for lining). In addition to these changes, now instead of restricting the use of all artificial materials, the restriction applies only to artificial skins in the lining of children's shoes. 


The amendments that have come into effect will help businesses improve production efficiency while meeting safety requirements for children's products. For the convenience of enterprises, a transition period is provided for the transition to new requirements, established by the decision of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission in November 2017. And all documents on the conformity assessment of children's and adolescent goods issued before September 25 of this year will be valid until the expiration of their validity. According to them, it is possible to manufacture products that will be traded on the Union market during the established service life or shelf life.


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