Fire-safe clothing

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

In the Netherlands, all clothing you sell must comply with fire safety standards. There are combustibility tests to determine the fire hazard category.

Fire safety standards

Clothes made fully of acrylic, modacryl, nylon, olefin, polyester and wool all meet the set requirements. Clothes made of other fabrics can only be sold if accompanied by a test report or a certificate from the supplier indicating that the clothing meets the set requirements.

In the Netherlands the following agreements are in place on fire safety standards:

Exceptions

No requirements apply for:

  • swimwear
  • leg fashion
  • underwear
  • baby clothes (below Dutch size 80)

Testing fire safety

To prove the fire safety of clothes, you have to test it. You have to use the European testing method for fabrics for apparelExternal link. Fancy dress costumes for children up to 14 years old are tested with a different methodExternal link, stating toy safety.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO