CEN launches three voluntary standards to improve the safety of children's cot duvets, cot bumpers and cot sleep bags.
Online PR News – 05-January-2019 – Geneva, Switzerland –
The European Committee for standardisation (CEN) has released three voluntary standards to improve the safety of textile sleeping products. These standards are:
Each standard includes:
· Design Characteristics (e.g. labels, embellishments, fabrics and filling materials)
· Mechanical and Physical Hazards (e.g. strangulation, small parts, sharp point and sharp edge)
· Chemical Hazards (e.g. migration of certain substances, formaldehyde, flame retardants)
· Thermal Hazards
· Fire Hazards
· Hygiene Hazards
· Labelling and product information
These standards follow the adoption of Decision 2010/376/EU by the European Commission in 2010. The decision highlighted the principle hazards posed to babies and young children while they are sleeping, often unattended. The decision listed the main hazards as:
· Hazards from chemicals
· Flammability risks
· Hyperthermia (overheating)
· Microbiological hazards and hygiene
· Entrapment from gaps and openings
· Entanglement (strangulation) hazards
· Choking and internal suffocation
· External suffocation
· Structural integrity
These voluntary standards have been developed and published following a mandate from the EU Commission. They will be published under the General Product Safety Directive.
National standards relating to these products must be withdrawn by February 2019.
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