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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Europe

 

Update of Type approval protocols Nº1 & 5

 

On 24th September 2018, European Commission published the following revision on EC-type protocols:
 

Protocol

Main points

Protocol nº1: Toys submitted to EC-Type Examination(Rev 7)

For Trampolines (not buried) EC-type examination is no longer needed because they are already covered by standard EN71-14:2014 Safety of toys- Trampolines for Domestic use.

EC type approval protocol Nº5- Microwavable toys- REV1
 

In general information section:

  • A sentence has been added: ‘risks related to inadequate instructions of use of the product’ in the list of specific hazards addressed in this document
  • A paragraph has been added to indicate that only specific risks that need harmonization are taken into the protocol

In the requirements section:

  • Addition of instruction to maximum surface temperature and speed of cooling down after heating in resistance to heating according to manufacturer’s instructions
  • Instruction on the speed of cooling down after heating in Resistance to overheating
  • Instruction to end the heating cycles test if any smoke, smelling or other phenomena occurs which might be due to the heating

In the warning and instruction of use section:

  • Instruction on text for label of the outer cover
  • Instruction how to indicate the ranges of values for the power of the heating
  • Remarks power during testing
  • Addition of a note related to labelling in case other types of heating might be used

 

 

Europe

 

Standards update

 

Below a summary table with some recent standards updates and upcoming dates of withdrawal (non-exhaustive):

 (*) Date of withdrawal: latest date by which national standards conflicting with an EN (and HD for CENELEC) have to be withdrawn
 

Reference

Title

Date of Withdrawal (*)

EN 1400:2013 +A2:2018

Child use and care articles - Soothers for babies and young children - Safety requirements and test methods

2019-03-31

 

 

US

 

CPSC Amends Requirements for Consumer Registration of Durable Infant or Toddler Products

CPSC Amends Requirements for Consumer Registration of Durable Infant or Toddler Products

 

On 9th October, 2018, the Consumer Product Safety Commission published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend 16 CFR 1130, Requirements for Consumer Registration of Durable Infant or Toddler Products or consumer registration rule.

This proposed rule makes several changes to 16 CFR 1130 mainly including:

  • Stating the full statutory definition of ”durable infant or toddler product” in section 104(f)(1)
  • Specifying that the listed product categories are further defined in the applicable mandatory standards
  • Listing “sling carriers”,  ”soft infant and toddler carriers”, “handheld infant carriers” and “frame child carriers” as a subset of infant carriers
  • Clarifying that “bedside sleepers” are a subset of bassinets
  • Revising the term “changing tables” to “baby changing products”

 
Comments are due by December 24, 2018.

Click here for more information.

 

 

US - New Jersey

 

Proposal to ban Formaldehyde in Children’s products

 

The State of New Jersey has recently introduced a bill that would ban children’s products (aged 12 or under) that contain formaldehyde.  Batteries, electronic products, pesticides, food and drugs are excluded.

If the Act is finally passed, it will come into force on 1st April 2019.

Click here for reading the Bill A4481.

 

 

US - Minnesota

 

Formaldehyde in children’s personal care products

Formaldehyde in children’s personal care products

 

In August 2018, Minnesota Department of Health released an educational handout about formaldehyde in children’s personal care products.  This document explains the possible health hazards that high levels of this substance may cause.


Click here for getting the educational handout.

US - Oregon

 

Oregon Approved Toxic Free Kids Rule Revision

 

On 11th September 2018, the Oregon Health Authority adopted two Permanent Administrative Orders PH 252-2018 and PH 253-2018 which amend its Toxic-Free Kids Act.

PH 252-2018 “Chemicals of High Concern to Children” amends OAR 333-016-2020 by adding five high priority chemicals to HPCCCH list and removing three chemicals from the list. The new list of HPCCCHs containing 68 chemicals will become effective on January 1st  2019.

PH-253-2018 amends OAR 333-016-2060; 2080; 2090 including “Notification Requirements”, “Fees” and “Enforcement and Civil Penalties” and has come into effect from 1st  October, 2018.

For more information click here.

 

 

Canada

 

Canada Publishes Revised Playpens Regulations

Canada Publishes Revised Playpens Regulations

 

On 3rd October 2018, Health Canada issued revised Playpens Regulations: SOR/2018-186 on the Canada Gazette, Part II.

The Regulations increase safety and align more with U.S. requirements, and also with similar regulations made under the CCPSA such as Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Canadian Regulations (CCBR).

Comparing to the proposed Playpens Regulations published last April, 2017, the main differences are as follows:

  1. Addition of further instructions to test method described in Schedule 16 of the Regulations in order to test the angle of foldable mattress pads that is less than 38 cm in length
  2. Correction of the side height requirement for sleep accessories from 192 mm to 191 mm
  3. Allowing the use of a pouch to store the assembly and use instructions, as long as it is accompanied by the relevant warnings

These regulations would come into effect six months after the publication that is April 3rd, 2019.

For more information please click here.

 

 

South Korea

 

Heavy metals amendment in children’s products safety standards

 

On 24th July 2018, Notice 2018-151 was published by the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. This amendment affects Safety Standards for Children’s Products Subject to Safety Confirmation and includes 8 new heavy metals:
 

Aluminum (Al)

Boron (B)

Cobalt (Co)

Manganese (Mn)

Strontium (Sr)

Tin (Sn)

Organic tin compounds

Hexavalent chromium (Cr (VI))

 
It will come into force on 1st February 2019 with a transitional period of 3 years (until 1st February 2022).

Click here for getting the amendment from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) website. (In Korean).

 

 

Europe

 

Below you will find a monthly summary of product recalls and alerts in Europe (Source “RAPEX”) and in the US (Source “CPSC”).

 

Europe

 

RAPEX (European Commission Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products – Alerts reported by EU national authorities).



The following 87 alerts regarding Childcare articles, equipment and toys have been reported, from week 38 until week 42.

 

Type of Risk

Number of alerts

Notes

Asphyxiation + Burns

1

Fancy dress with mask:

  • Flammability hazard
  • Mask does not provide sufficient ventilation area

Burns

1

Fancy dress:

  • Flammability hazard

Entrapment, Injuries

1

Baby carrier: meshes of the net too big – Finger entrapment and falling hazard for child

Choking

29

Small parts: not complying with requirements of EN 71-1

Choking, Suffocation

1

Squeezable toy: Due to its shape, colour, appearance and size, the product may be mistaken for foodstuff. Product not complying with the requirements of the Food-imitating products directive and Toy Safety Directive

Damage to hearing

1

The sound level is too high and can consequently cause damage to hearing

Injuries

9

Products not complying with different standards such as EN 1273, EN 1888, EN 14988, EN 71-1

Strangulation

2

Toys with straps and cords that may cause strangulation not complying with EN 71-1

Chemical

41

Wooden toy: High levels of formaldehyde emission

Phthalates: (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) , di-butyl phthalate (DBP), diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) , di-‘isodecyl’ phthalate (DIDP)   and di-‘isononyl’ phthalate (DINP)

Crayons: high level of migration of Aluminium

Textile costume: Flame retardant tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCP)

Balloons: Nitrosamines and N-nitrosatable substances

Button cells: can lead to generation of Sodium hydroxide if swallowed

Toy slime: high level of migration of Boron

Microbiological

1

Toy slime: total count of mesophilic aerobic bacteria in the product is too high

 

US

 

From on 21st September to 20th October, CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) has published the following recalls2 recall regarding Childcare products.
 

Type of Risk

Number of recalls

Notes

Drowning

1

Baby Bath Support Seats: it fails to meet the federal safety standard including the requirements for stability

Fall

1

Infant Carriers: The buckles on the infant carriers can break, posing a fall hazard to children