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Australian Consumer Goods (Swimming and Flotation Aids) Safety Standard 2017 (AS/NZ 1900:2014), published on December 14, 2017 replaces AS 1900:2002 from December 20, 2019.

SAFEGUARDS | Hardlines NO. 009/18

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From Dec 20, 2019, the old Australia standard: Consumer Product Safety Standard for Swimming Aids and Flotation Aids for Water Familiarization and Swimming Tuition (Consumer Protection Notice No. 3 of 2009) will be repealed and the new standard, Consumer Goods (Swimming and Flotation Aids) Safety Standard 2017, will be in effect.

The purpose of this safety standard is to reduce the risk of children drowning when using a swimming or flotation aid. The safety standard requires swimming and flotation aids to meet specific design and construction requirements, pass safety and performance tests, and to have a safety warning label alerting consumers and users to the hazards of children in water.

1. Transitional period

There will be a 2-year transition period. Both the old and the new requirements may be used during the transitional period (until December 20, 2019).

2. Major differences between Consumer Protection Notice No. 3 of 2009 (CPN No.3) and the Consumer Goods (Swimming and Flotation Aids) Safety Standard 2017:

3. Main differences between the old AS 1900:2002 standard and the new AS/NZS 1900:2014

The main changes in AS/NZS 1900:2014 are:

  1. An update of the referenced documents

  2. An additional clause on strength of fabric

  3. An update to the requirement for threads in load bearing parts so that the use of natural fibers is not allowed

  4. A reduction of the leaking/bursting pressure for inflatable flotation aids from 15 kPa to 10 kPa

  5. Clarification on strength of sewed seams

  6. An additional force requirement for side release fasteners

  7. Inclusion of a small parts test

  8. A new requirement to ensure that markings are resistant to chlorinated water and ultraviolet light

  9. An amendment of the warnings to be consistent with the text specified in EN 13138, however the lettering size remains at a minimum of 6 mm (compared with 5 mm in the European Standard)

  10. The deletion of cadmium plating as an acceptable coating for metal parts

  11. An update to the body mass to age equivalence shown in tables throughout the standard of AS/NZS 1900:2014 to more closely align with current averages for body mass based on the age of the intended user

SGS can help you to fulfill EU requirements on swimming aids/toys. For information, please contact our extensive network of toy laboratories in Asia, US and Europe.

For enquiries, please contact:

Echo Wang
Technical Team, Hardlines
t: +86 (0) 21 6082 7552

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