SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 154/16

SafeGuardS Baby boy

On 17 August, 2016 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a draft notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) for a safety standard for baby changing products. The CPSC is proposing an amendment to 16 CFR part 1112 to include 16 CFR part 1236 in the list of notice of requirements (NORs) issued by the Commission.

The proposed rule is for baby changing products, including changing tables and other changing products, such as contoured changing pads and add-on changing units sold separately for use on furniture products other than changing tables.

“Changing tables is an elevated, freestanding structure designed to support and retain a child with a body weight up to 30 pounds for the purpose of a diaper change.” {excerpts from the proposed rulemaking}

The proposed rule is in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA and it is based on the voluntary standard developed by ASTM, ASTM F2388-16 Safety Specification for Baby Changing Products, but with several modifications that are intended to strengthen the standard.

These modifications are:

  • Adding some definitions for key structural elements and non-rigid add-on changing unit accessory.

  • Additional requirements for threaded fasteners.

  • More stringent requirements for structural integrity

  • Additional requirements for restraint system integrity,.

  • Additional warnings on the product and in the instructional literature.

SGS has been designated as the Principal Laboratory for the US Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) for testing of juvenile products for JPMA program certified products for the US market. SGS works closely with JPMA, CPSC, ASTM and NGOs in the standard development process, education, and promotion of safe nursery products. SGS Consumer Testing provides physical, mechanical and analytical testing of nursery products to meet US, EU and other international market compliance requirements through a network of SGS global laboratories. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or visit our website.

For enquiries, please contact:

Vincent Chen

Technical Support, Hardlines
Phone: +8620 8215 5870

Stay on top of regulatory changes within your industry: subscribe to SafeGuardS!

© SGS Group Management SA - 2016 - All rights reserved - SGS is a registered trademark of SGS Group Management SA. This is a publication of SGS, except for 3rd parties’ contents submitted or licensed for use by SGS. SGS neither endorses nor disapproves said 3rd parties contents. This publication is intended to provide technical information and shall not be considered an exhaustive treatment of any subject treated. It is strictly educational and does not replace any legal requirements or applicable regulations. It is not intended to constitute consulting or professional advice. The information contained herein is provided “as is” and SGS does not warrant that it will be error-free or will meet any particular criteria of performance or quality. Do not quote or refer any information herein without SGS’s prior written consent.