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Cad Modelling Ergonomics has been collaborating with several national and international Research Institutes and its anatomical standards (represented by Formax®) are used by the most important apparel brands worldwide.

CEN - European Committee for Standardization

Several different dress-size systems co-exist in this moment throughout Europe. Clothes size labels are mainly based on old (1950s) anthropometric studies and they’re no longer adequate, as changes in nutrition and life styles have shifted the distribution of body dimensions.

Furthermore many of these systems are based on product dimensions, stating characteristic measures of the product, or labeled using different ad-hoc size systems, each of them providing a size number or code with no obvious relationship to any measurement.

To solve this chaotic situation European countries decided to start working on a new standard for labeling clothes sizes.  On one side it will help vendors communicating in a common language and producing on real needs, and on the other one it will help customers finding clothes with the right fit and labels.

The European standards committee CEN/TC 248/WG 10 started in 1996 the process of designing a new modern system, resulting in the standard EN 13402 "Size designation of clothes". This new standard is based on:

  • body-dimensions
  • metric system (SI)
  • data from new anthropometric studies of the European population performed in the late 1990s
  • similar existing international standards (ISO 3635, etc.)

The product label will then state for which range of body dimensions the product is designed.

Working on CEN/TC 248/WG 10 there’s a group of European experts and Cad Modelling Ergonomics represents Italy since 2005.

In July 2010, 3 of the 4 parts that the standard comprehends are approved, while the last one will be discussed again in next meetings:

  1. The first part of the standard defines the list of body dimensions to be used for designating clothes sizes, together with an anatomical explanation and measurement guidelines.
  2. The second part defines for each type of garment one "primary dimension". This is the body measure according to which the product must be labeled (for some types of garment, a single measure may not be sufficient to select the right product. In these cases, one or two "secondary dimensions" can be added to the label).
  3. The third part of the standard defines preferred numbers of primary and secondary body dimensions.
  4. The fourth part of the standard is still under review and it will define a compact coding system for clothes sizes.

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