Health Canada Proposal to Amend the Tents Regulations and the Toys Regulations
Health Canada has issued a notice to interested parties to provide feedback on a proposal to change the Tents Regulations (SOR/2016-185), which also includes changes to the Toys Regulations.
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The proposal is to update the flammability and labeling requirements in the Tents Regulations to address the flammability risk of tents currently available on the market that are made of material with different burning characteristics, compared to the material of tents at the time the Tents Regulations were originally issued – in 1988. The proposal also includes moving certain play tent requirements to the Toys Regulations.
Below are the proposed changes to the regulations:
- Changing the requirements in the Tents Regulations to include the requirements in CAN/CGSB-182.1, including the product scope. The scope cover tents intended for outdoor use. Children’s play tents for indoor use only are excluded from the scope. The planned publication date of CAN/CGSB-182.1 is March 31, 2019
- Updating the Toys Regulations to include flammability and fire-safety labeling requirements for children’s play tents intended for indoor use only, with the following considerations:
- Using the term “toys intended to be entered by a child” instead of “play tents” to align with ISO 8124-2:2014 and EN71-2:2011+A1:2014. These toys are defined as toys that at least partially enclose a child. These include toy tents, puppet theatres, wigwams and play tunnels, but do not include open canopies. This applies to toys made of flexible materials, e.g. fabric, vinyl, and do not apply to rigid materials
- Options for flammability requirements that are being considered by Health Canada include the requirements for soft toys in the Toys Regulations, or the requirements for toys intended to be entered by a child in ISO 8124-2:2014 and EN71-2:2011+A1:2014
- Options for safety labeling requirements that are being considered includes simple statement similar to ISO 8124-2:2014 requirement, i.e. “Warning! Keep away from open flame.”, or a detailed warning the same as the one proposed for children’s tents in CAN/CGSB-182.1 that includes a safety alert symbol, warning and cautionary statements. An additional statement is also being considered to caution parents and caregivers to the intended use of the product to avoid misuse, e.g. “For indoor use only!”
- Prohibiting or restricting the use of flame retardants in tents, play tents and possibly other toys subject to flammability requirements
The deadline for sending comments to Health Canada on this proposal is March 23, 2019.
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