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Recommended seminar: Risk analysis for children’s apparel

With 176 Rapex notifications due to risks relating to mechanical and physical aspects in 2018, children’s apparel was one of the product groups with the highest number of recalls in the EU and continues to be a focus of the market supervisory authority.

The standard DIN EN 14682 harmonized the provisions for the use of cords and strings on clothing for children up to 14 years of age. However, clothing and accessories, which do not fall under the standard’s domain of validity, must be tested for any potential risks and dealt with accordingly. Otherwise, strict sanctions could apply: Parties responsible for products may be held legally responsible under the German Product Safety Act if their articles do not fulfill applicable safety requirements and cause accidents as a result.

Our new seminar ”Children’s apparel, a stumbling block – how can risks be identified in advance?” on October 24, 2019 in Hamburg imparts fundamental expertise required for risk assessment and prevention. Initially, participants are provided with an overview of the legal framework of the EU relating to obligations, risk analyses and assessments. The lecturer, Inken Green, is an attorney specializing in product safety. Key factors for the risk assessment of children’s products are child development and play behavior. In the second part of the seminar, daycare expert and child safety officer Doris Brandt discusses child behavior in different developmental stages. In the third part, the relationship between the risk of an accident occurring and the severity of injuries will be described on the basis of the RAPEX report criteria “high risk” or “serious risk“. Clothing engineer Kristina Baldin-Erbe also draws on extensive, freely accessible data, which also serves as a basis for the “Guideline for the Risk Assessment of Consumer Products”. In the final workshop, participants work together to perform a risk assessment.

Knowledge of the “Cord Standard” DIN EN 14682 is a prerequisite and can be obtained in a short seminar from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 23, 2019 if necessary.

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