The British Retail Consortium launch its updated code of practice on the flammability safety of children’s disguise costume. First released in 2015, this code of practice, was developed with industry experts to help retailers, manufacturers and distributors in selling safe disguise costumes for children.

The first code of practice introduced a stringent requirement of a maximum burn rate of 10mm/second - an improvement of 300 per cent over the 30mm/second standard that was in the legislation. In addition to the code of practice, a test method labelling guide was also produced.

Download the code of practice here.

The updated version:

  • Retains the burn rate of 10mm/second
  • Brings the three guides (code of practice, test method, labelling guide) into one document
  • Provides more up-to-date, pictorial examples
  • Brings the code of practice in line with European toy flammability standard EN 71 – 2: 2020

The BRC thanks the following contributors:

  • Intertek
  • Aldi
  • British Toy and Hobby Association
  • Next 
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Morrisons
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
  • Amscan
  • Rubies
  • Tesco
  • John Lewis
  • Natural History Museum
  • Christys
  • Smiffys
  • High Street Textile Testing Services
  • Tomy
  • TK Maxx
  • ASDA
  • Studio
  • UL
  • Sainsburys
  • Amazon
  • Primark
  • Eurofins
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Primark 
  • Wilko