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EUROPE | Three standards to improve the safety in babies’ sleeping environment

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Three standards to improve the safety in babies’ sleeping environment

 

As already announced in our Eurofins News Flash Sept 2018 edition, from August 2018, three standards are available from CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) with the aim to minimize the main risks posed by products in the sleeping environment of babies and young children such as: chemical, flammability, hygiene, entrapment, suffocation hazards, etc…. The requirements of these standards have been developed according to the criteria described in the European Decision:

 

COMMISSION DECISION of 2 July 2010 on the safety requirements to be met by European standards for certain products in the sleep environment of children pursuant to Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (2010/376/EU).

 

Through Mandate M/497, the European Commission requested to the standardization committees to develop standards for different products in the sleeping environment (according to the criteria defined in above Decision).

 

The reference of these mentioned standards is described in below table:

 

Reference

Title

EN 16779-1:2018

Textile child care articles – Safety requirements and test methods for children’s cot duvets. Part 1: Duvet (excluding duvet covers).

EN 16780:2018

Textile child care articles – Safety requirements and test methods for children’s cot bumpers.

EN 16781:2018

Textile child care articles – Safety requirements and test methods for children’s sleep bags for use in a cot.

 

The date of withdrawal of these standards is 28th February 2019 and any national standard conflicting with them must be withdrawn.

 

These standards are expected to be harmonised under the Genera Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC.

 

Click here for getting further information at CEN website.