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Textile Products General Safety China Import Package



Textile Products General Safety China Import Package

Service Scope

GB 18401 consists of the general safety requirement for adult textile products importing to China.

Under the standard, suppliers should choose and declare the safety category on their product, with the minimum requirements as follows:

    • Textile Products without direct contact to the skin should at least comply with Category C technical requirement
    • Textile Products with direct contact to the skin should at least comply with Category B technical requirement
    • Category A technical requirement used to be the minimal requirement for a baby product. After an update in 2015 children or baby textile now need to comply with another safety standard GB 31701. Adult products with a declared more stringent compliance can still choose to declare safety category as GB 18401 category A.

Notes: Infant/children product needs to comply with GB 31701 instead.

SGS’s GB 18401 package is designed for fabric stage samples that are yet to confirm exact end-use. It helps to ascertain compliance as early as your development stage. If there is more than one sample, please choose the corresponding quantity of package that suits your need.

One package price includes ONE (1) test result for each applicable test item. In case the complex product is received, which needs more than one test, our customer service team will quote an additional charge upon receiving the actual sample.

If your sample is a complete product, please check our list of product standards available, and choose ‘Product + Safety standard’ to cover the necessary compliance including the minimal requirement of this technical note.

If you do not find the desired product standard, or if you are new to China market and hope to check for the applicable compliance standard, please look up Product standard consultancy or contact us. We are more than happy to provide you with the best support and tailormade quotes.

Test Plan

Sample Size 
It will be advised in order confirmation email upon purchase

Turnaround Time (working days)
5-7 Days (Regular)


  The test items will be adjusted depending on your product type and age range. Only specific test items will be applied to selected product type, test type and destination market. Detailed test item list will be included in order confirmation email upon purchase.

  Textile product means product composed of natural and chemical fibres as main raw material, manufactured by process such as spinning, knitting and dyeing, combined with stitching and compounding processes. Examples include yarn and textile and finished products thereof.

  Some products made of textile are not included in the scope of this standard, but may have alternative standard to comply with. Examples are: Sanitary products that are disposable in nature; Umbrellas, shoes, suitcases or backpacks, etc; and so on. For full list of examples, please refer to standard. Please contact us with your product details if any hesitation.

  The package price assumes sample in fabric stage and include ONE (1) test result for each applicable test item. If complex product received and additional charge is rejected, customer service team will confirm with applicant that only random ONE part on the product will be tested which may not represent full compliance to standard. If agreement could not be reached, SGS reserves the right to reject samples and refund.

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Order flow

1. Check Out

Confirm selections and fill in contact info

2. Arrange Payment

Pay by credit card or bank transfer offline​

3. Confirm Test Plan

Confirm test and product details

4. Send Sample

Send the sample with printed form

5. Receive Report

Receive our test report by email


Online Payment
  • Order acknowledgment email will be sent to you by system after successful payment
  • Order confirmation email with service details will be sent to you within 1 working day by our specialist
Offline Payment
  • We accept T/T bank transfer payment
  • Order acknowledgment email with bank details for payment will be sent to you by system after order submission
  • Please arrange payment and send payment receipt to our specialist by email
  • Order confirmation email with service details will be sent to you after payment verification by our specialist


You can add them to shopping cart and proceed to checkout for placing your order online. You will receive an order acknowledgment with order details after online order.

It is not necessary to create an account for online purchase, you can select Guest Checkout to place an order without an account.

However, creating an account offers additional benefits:

  • Your contact information will be saved securely for a faster checkout
  • Track your order status and history

If you place an order as a guest, please check our notifications at your email box. Please remember to check promotional and junk mail box if you can’t find it.

If you place an order as a member, please log in and check the status of your order under “Quote Request” or “Orders”.

SGS TIC Mall only accepts US$ for checkout.

You will receive a test application form, sample requirement and delivery details in confirmation email upon successful payment, please complete the form and send the required sample(s) to our competence centre in Hong Kong.

Please contact your dedicated specialist to submit your request. It will be reviewed case by case depending on the order process.

No, you can’t cancel and refund the paid order unless there is quality or service delivery issue.

Products, composed of natural and chemical fibers as main raw materials, manufactured by process such as spinning, knitting and dyeing, combined with stitching and compounding processes. Examples include yarn and textile and finished products thereof.

– Infant products need to comply with GB 31701.
– List of textile products which is not included in the categories of this Standard :
1 Textile products for construction use such as geotextiles, waterproof linoleum ground cloth, etc;
2 Industrial textile products such as papermaking felts, awning cloth, filtrate cloth, and insulated textiles, etc;
3 Agricultural textile products such as soil-less cultivation ground cloth, etc;
4 Special protection products such as gas proof, radiation proof, high temperature endurance products, etc;
5 String and net products such as fishing net, cables, and climbing cables, etc;
6 Packing products such as sacking and parcel packaging, etc;
7 Medical products such as medicated gauze and bandages, etc;
8 Cloth handcrafted or soft toys;
9 Cloth handcrafted products;
10 Outdoor products such as cloth for advertising light boxes, awning cloths and tents, etc;
11 Sanitary products that are disposable in nature;
12 Umbrellas, shoes, suitcases or backpacks, etc;
13 Carpets, rugs or other floor covers.


A product has to comply with all applicable mandatory standard, plus any committed performance declarations.

According to textile labelling requirement, textile products have to declare the “product standard” and product grade, which would normally contain another set of requirements.

Despite each “product standard” may itself be voluntary (with “/T” which means recommended in Chinese), the declaration is a market norm and makes the declared set of product standard becomes mandatory to some extent.

To put it simple, the minimum compliance would be safety standard + declared product standard.

Safety requirement of category A > category B > category C.
The minimal requirement for skin contact textile is category B, and that for non-skin contact textile is category C.
A stricter standard can be declared on your product, say, you can declare category B for a non-skin contact textile product, but NOT vice versa.

When worn or used, a skin contact product has its surface area in direct contact of human skin. If only a minor part is in skin contact or no contact, the product is classified as indirect skin contact.

Skin contact examples: Underwear, shirts, skirts, trousers, socks, bed sheets, duvet covers, towels, swimsuits, hats.

Non-skin contact examples: Overclothes, curtains, bed linen, wall cloth.

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