Global Testing Standards For Buttons/Snap Fasteners

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Similar to what we have covered in our guide for zipper’s industry standards, the testing standards for buttons or snap fasteners as a fastening device also vary greatly in different countries.

In this article, we will present some of the important testing standards from leading countries all around the world. These standards are acknowledged internationally in the fashion and fastening industries around the world.

Before we begin, we should know that there are a lot of standard testing organizations in the world. Below are the top 5 organizations that are internationally accredited.

  • ITS -Intertek Testing Services
  • MTL-Municipal Testing Laboratory
  • SGS -Société Générale de Surveillance
  • TUV-TÜV Rheinland

US-ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)
ASTM is one of the most renowned testing standard organizations in the world, with over 12,000 standards regulating various industries not only in America but also all around the world.

Below are top ASTM standards that are operated in the button and snap fastener industry.

Testing StandardItem
ASTM D7142-05(2016)Standard Test Method for Holding Strength of Prong-Ring Attached Snap Fasteners
ASTM D7842/D7842M - 12(2016)Standard Test Method for Holding Strength of Tack and Prong Fastener Attached Buttons
ASTM D4846-96(2016)Standard Test Method for Resistance to Unsnapping of Snap Fasteners
ASTM D5171 - 15Standard Test Method for Impact Resistance of Plastic Sew-Through Buttons
ASTM D6644 - 01(2013)Standard Test Method for Tension Strength of Sew-Through Flange Buttons
ASTM D6840 - 02(2013)Standard Test Method for Effect of Drycleaning on Buttons

UK-BSI Group (British Standard Institution)
BSI is the British Isles’ equivalent of ATSM, and is equally acknowledged all around the world.

Testing StandardItem
BS 4162:1983Methods of Test for Buttons

German-DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung)

Testing StandardItem
DIN EN 14682 Safety on Children's Clothing
DIN ISO 1891Terminology on Fasteners

China-National Standards
In China, there are several National Standards covering the button and snap fastener industry.

Testing StandardItem
GB/T 28490-2012 Button Classification and Terminology
GB/T 28491-2012Button General Technical Requirements and Testing Methods -Natural Shell Button
GB/T 28492-2012 Button General Technical Requirements and Methods - Copper Button
QB/T 3637-1999Unsaturated Polyester Resin Buttons
GB/T 29290-2012Button General Technical Requirements and Testing Methods—Unsaturated Polyester Resin Buttons
GB/T 29291-2012Button General Technical Requirements and Testing Methods-Zinc Alloy Button


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