A new set of public health and safety requirements and specifications were issued by the Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL). The new requirements seek to ensure that textile items do not contain substances that pose a risk to human health. The new requirements will affect all textiles, including home textiles, garments and accessories.
To ensure compliance, the DCL will assess and test fabrics. This assessment will determine:
-the steadfastness of colours and tints used in textile products;
-whether factors, such as sweating, sunlight and washing will damage the fabric;
-fabric quality, pressure of allergenic formaldehyde compounds, concentration of heavy toxic elements;
-remains of pesticides and harmful amines; and
-the pH-value of fabrics.
The new requirements are in line with Dubai’s desire to become a Green city.