USA - New Standard for Flammability
of Clothing Textiles (CPSC 16 CFR part 1610)
The Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC) published on March 25, 2008 a final rule amending the 1953 flammability
standard for clothing textiles (16 CFR 1610). According to the CPSC, the
rule clarifies and modifies definitions and procedures to generally match
those already in practice, and therefore should not increase costs of
compliance for manufacturers and importers.
The highlights of the changes are
outlined below :
- provides definitions for terminology
such as "base burn" and "surface flash," to eliminate
confusion for interpreting and reporting test results for raised surface
- adds new terminology to the flammability
standard such as "dry cleaning," "burn time," "interlining,"
"plain and raised surface textile fabric," "stop thread
supply," and "flame application time."
- allows for the use of more modern
flammability test chambers that incorporate electromechanical components,
offering parameters and diagrams for a modern flammability test apparatus.
- revises dry cleaning and laundering
procedures to reflect modern technologies, because the procedures established
previously now violate environmental standards and/or are no longer
- reorganizes, rewrites and clarifies
specific test procedures and provides instructions for calculating burn
times and determining the occurrence of a base burn.
The new rule becomes effective
from September 22, 2008.
Is there any exemption ?
Section 4(b) of Flammable Fabrics
Act [15 U.S.C. 1193(b)] requires that an amendment of a flammability standard
shall exempt products "in inventory or with he trade" on the
date the amendment becomes effective, unless CPSC limits or withdraws
the exemption because those products are so highly flammable that they
are dangerous for use by consumers."
For all practical purposes, Intertek
laboratories will test according to the revised procedure on all clothing
textile products received for testing from September 01, 2008 since the
procedures for testing generally match those already in practice, and
helps in avoiding last minute confusion in the interpretation of effective
date from testing and retailing standpoint.
Will this new rule affect the flammability
of children's sleepwear (16 CFR parts 1615 & 1616)?
The CPSC maintains more stringent
regulations for flammability of children's sleepwear (16 CFR parts 1615
and 1616) that are not affected by the new rule.
For more information about product
safety, you may ask Intertek expert by filling in this enquiry