The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has published a Technical Specification that provides requirements for security of attachment for clothing components that are considered as small parts such as buttons, press fasteners, rivets, sequins, diamantes (or pieces of these components) which fit entirely within the small parts cylinder without compression, for infants' clothing.
This Technical Specification addresses hazards of choking, swallowing, ingestion, inhaling (aspiration) or insertion into eyes, nose or ears for infants due to the release of small components.
Children are particularly vulnerable as they often do not have the language skills to convey the accident to their carers. In older children and adults, incidents of accidental insertion or swallowing etc are significantly reduced, predominantly due to the ability of the child to remove the component themselves or to explain and obtain medical help.
This technical specifications can be used in support of the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) as a way to increase safety of textile products but do not provide presumption of safety.
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