SGS Introduces Chinese Standard GB 30585-2014 on Children's Footwear Requirements
02/17/2015

China footwear: new standard GB 30585-2014 on requirements for children’s shoes.

Online PR News – 17-February-2015 – Hong Kong – China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China (SAC) jointly published the mandatory standard related to children’s footwear on 9 June 2014.

GB 30585-2014 "Safety technical specifications for children’s footwear” will go into effect on 1 January 2016.

Technical Footwear Requirements for Children’s Shoes

This standard is a full-text mandatory standard. The technical requirements cover physical and mechanical safety, odor and restricted substances for children’s footwear products. The publication of this standard will help to improve market supervision, protect children and environmental safety. Sales and import into the China market of products which do not comply with the requirements of this standard are prohibited. Therefore, the enforcement of this mandatory standard has posed a new challenge and opportunity for domestic sellers of these products.

This standard specifies the safety technical terms and definitions, product classification, technical requirements, test methods and judgment rules for children's shoes. This standard is applicable to footwear made from various materials for children up to 14 years old (shoe size no larger than 250mm) for their daily wear and use. However, this standard is not applicable to children's rubber shoes (Children’s rubber shoes shall comply with the national mandatory standard GB 25038-2010 (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/000006/SGS-Safeguards-11611-GB25038-2010-Rubber-Shoes-Health-and-Safety-Specifications-EN-11.pdf) and GB 25036-2010 (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/000006/SGS-Safeguards-00511-Standard-for-Childrens-Canvas-Rubber-Footwear-Shoes-in-China-A4%20-EN-10.pdf)).

Restricted Substances and Technical Requirements in Children’s Footwear

The standard specifies physical and mechanical properties (accessible sharp edges or sharp points, technical heel height, steel shanks etc.) and restricted substances (chromium VI, hazardous aromatic amines derived from azo colorants, formaldehyde, total heavy metal content, DMFu, N- Nitrosamine, phthalates, etc.), odor and other requirements on children’s footwear.

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