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China Releases a New National Standard for Technical Specification of Children Mask - GB/T 38880-2020

Personal and Protective EquipmentMay 26, 2020

China issued a new national standard for technical specification of children mask - GB/T 38880-2020. The standard has been implemented since May 6, 2020.

The state administration for market regulation and the standardization administration of China issued its recommended national standard GB/T 38880-2020 Technical specification of children mask. The new national standard has become effective on May 6, 2020.


This standard applies to children mask that can filter particles and block germs, pollen, and droplets. , and are intended for children 6 years of age or older up to 14 years.

This standard does not apply to the mask with an electric device of air supply and exhaust.

Classification and specification

  • Classification - The children mask shall be classified into children protective mask (F) and children hygiene mask (W) based on mask properties.
  • Specification - The children mask shall be classified into small size (S), medium size (M) and large size (L) according to the dimensions of children head and face.

Technical requirements 

Technical requirements include general requirements, appearance requirements and inner quality requirements. 

For children protective mask and children hygiene mask, the test items are listed in the below table.

Test ItemsChildren protective mask
Children hygiene mask
General requirements

Appearance requirements
Colour fastness to dry rubbing

Formaldehyde content
pH value
Decomposable carcinogenic aromatic amines
Migratable fluorescent whitening agents
Residual ethylene oxide
Length of nose bridge
Flex resistance of nose bridge
Breaking strength of mask strap and strap attachment strength
Inhalation resistance
Exhalation resistance
Particle protective performance
Particle filtration efficiency
Bacterial filtration efficiency
Air penetration resistance
Flame resistance
Sharp edge and sharp point
Fastness of exhalation valve


Attestation of conformity shall be marked on the smallest sales package; the following information shall be provided at least:

  1. The name and address of the manufacturer;
  2. Product name and classification [contain the words of “Children protective mask (F)” or “Children protective mask(W)”];
  3. Product specification [small size (S), medium size (M) and large size (L)];
  4. Main material;
  5. Code of this national standard;
  6. Instruction for use (wearing method, safety warning, etc.);
  7. Manufacturing date, expiration date, recommended use time (hour);
  8. Disinfection method, if applicable.

Details of the Technical Content

For more information, please refer to the China Product Standard GB/T 38880-2020 (Technical specification of children mask) or contact SGS directly.

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