The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is set to publish the draft report of the ‘standards’ which it planned to implement for the apparels meant for children, shortly.

The move is aimed by the BIS, the National Standards Body of India coming under the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, to provide standards for the children’s wear considering the need to ensure safety of children, who wear the apparels.

“Use of carcinogenic materials, sharp objects and tight strings in the production of apparels can be extremely harmful in the case of kids wear as children usually tend to chew, bite and pull the garments,” J.K. Gupta, Deputy Director of BIS, told The Hindu .

At present, there are no specific authorised standards for children’s wear items even though the current kids wear market in the country stands at Rs. 38,000 crore per annum, nearly 25 per cent of the total apparel market in India.

Once the draft report was brought out, the BIS will circulate the same to the different stakeholders for a period of three months and obtain their opinions/views before coming out with the final report on the standarisation norms.

“Among the stakeholders to whom the draft report will be sent include consumers, scientists in Indian Institutes of Technologies and accredited laboratories, government bodies/departments and research institutions,” Mr. Gupta said.

According to Mr. Gupta, the standardisation will cover weight of the apparels for various age categories of children like infants (0-6 months), toddlers (7 months - 2 years), kids (3 years - 8 years), and pre-teens (9 years to 12 years), raw material quality and performance and safety requirements.

In the preparation of draft report, the BIS had obtained the views of trade bodies like South India Hosiery Manufacturers’ Association.