Tougher safety requirements for juvenile products are being brought in around the world to help protect our youngest consumers. Manufacturers and retailers must keep abreast of new standards, updates to existing regulations and their implementation schedules.
An increased number of standards are being implemented
Testing juvenile products is not new, but the number and scope of the standards is on the rise. Children are especially vulnerable so parents and caregivers want to be confident that the goods they purchase are designed and built with youth in mind. As a result countries around the world have implemented strict product testing standard and guidelines.
In recent years children’s products have represented a significant proportion of product recalls in the EU and US. To improve this situation, performance standards are constantly being updated and modified as new products are developed and industry better understands the risks they may pose.
In Europe, juvenile products are already subject to around 20 European and more than 10 National standards but another 15 standards should be published in the coming years. The GPSD (General Product Safety Directive) is applicable to the products. The US has more than 20 applicable ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards and the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) applicable to juvenile products is now in place. Other markets including Japan, Australia, New Zealand and China have also developed national standards to better protect consumers.
As a company manufacturing, supplying or retailing to these markets it is vital that you have a full understanding of the relevant standards, and that they are implemented in a timely and consistent fashion. Failure to do so will reduce your access to the market, increase product recalls, reduce profits and damage your reputation with consumers and within the industry.
How to Cope with the Large Number of New Regulations
In an increasingly global marketplace the challenge is to ensure regulatory compliance for your products in their target market, wherever they are manufactured. Partnering with an independent testing organization for your juvenile product testing opens the door to faster turnaround times and the development of economies of scale.
SGS laboratories in China and in the UK have been testing products for many years, but to enable access to high quality testing facilities around world we have significantly extended our capabilities. Our network of juvenile product testing laboratories are complemented by regional technical competence centers which have the broadest range of testing capabilities to smooth your products’ path to market.
To ensure the safety and quality of juvenile products manufacturers and retailers can rely on SGS assistance in areas including:
- Consulting and training
- Product development and study of new products
- Factory audits
- Pre-shipment testing
- Technical construction file review
We are recognized for our global and local expertise and our experts participate in ANSI, ASTM, ISO and EN working groups for the development of standards. Additionally our expertise in toys, food contact, chemistry, and furniture testing has a trickle down effect and benefits clients in the juvenile products industry as well.
Global Capabilities for Juvenile Products
Worldwide capabilities at our regional technical competence centers:
ASIA - Shanghai, China
- Reference lab for juvenile products testing in China.
- All relevant standards (EN, ASTM, etc) are tested there SGS was the first CPSIA approved 3rd party lab for full-size and non-full size baby cribs in China.
- Other labs in Asia: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam (Vietnam also received certification to both crib standards in July)
EUROPE - Aix en Provence, France and Bradford, UK:
- Reference labs in Europe. All relevant standards for the European Market can be tested there – except bicycle seats (to be subcontracted in Shanghai)
- SGS Aix en Provence is Cofrac accredited for child care articles and toys; Cofrac accreditation for juvenile products – furniture will be achieved by the end of 2011
- SGS Bradford is UKAS accredited for juvenile products testing
- Other labs in Europe: Germany and the Netherlands
AMERICAS - Fairfield, NJ, USA:
- Scope testing: The lab can now provide safety testing for compliance with 20 current ASTM standards covering juvenile products from baby bouncers and booster seats to toddler beds and toy chests
- SGS’s new juvenile products testing services have already passed audits for expansion of the lab’s ISO 17025 accreditation, a prerequisite for CPSIA-related certification by the US Consumer Products Safety Commission. The Fairfield facility is now certified to all current CPSC standards, including full and non-full sized crib, infant walkers, and infant bath seats standards.
- Other labs in the Americas: Brazil
Juvenile products events and publications
Meet Our Experts
You can meet our experts at major upcoming trade shows:
- In the EU - Kind+Jugend, Cologne, Germany, 15-18 Sept. 2011, Hall 11.1, Stand G-052
- In the US - ABC Kids Expo, Louisville, KY 23-26 Sept. 2011
Contact your local SGS representative for details of local events, conferences and lab tours.
Keep up-to-date with changes in regulations through the SGS Safeguards, the regulatory bulletins written by our experts. Recent Safeguards about Juvenile Products include:
- Brazil Compulsory Certification for Infant Cradles
- China bans BPA in Infant Feeding Bottles
- New EU Regulation for BPA in Polycarbonate Baby Feeding Bottles
To find out more about SGS services, contact our sales team:
In the EU:
t: +33 1 41 24 89 97
In the US:
SGS North America Inc.
t: +1 561 391 0010
t: +86 21 61072918
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 67,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.