By Renaud Anjoran in 'Quality Inspection Blog'
Can you simply approve a sample, pay a Chinese factory to produce it, and then import the goods into your country? Do you know about the safety requirements for YOUR production?
Even China has quality standards for what it imports… Most Western countries have a long (and rapidly growing) list of requirements.
You should research these standards before placing orders. You might bring unsafe production in your country and endanger peoples’ lives without being aware of it…
There are basically three ways of knowing safety requirements:
Let’s say, for example, that you are buying garments for kids, and you resell them on the Spanish market. Textile products are not particularly dangerous, so first-time importers often forget about safety standards.
However, it turns that the European Union has LOTS of requirements applicable to this particular case. It is intended to be used by children, so buyers should respect directive EN-71. Here is a partial list of safety requirements:
If you take most toys, the list is 3 or 4 times longer–not to mention other directives that apply as well.
Has anybody found another source for this information?