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ACCC Reviews Standards for Children’s Products

November 7, 2016

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) is currently reviewing several standards intended for children’s products.

The standards being reviewed are:

  • Consumer Protection Notice No. 6 of 2005 - Consumer Product Safety Standard: Children’s Household Cots
    • This standard is being reviewed because:
      • there have been serious failures in the drop sides of household cots, particularly overseas
      • recent ACCC surveillance and testing has shown increased non-compliance with the safety standard
      • a new method for testing the firmness of a cot mattress is now available
      • the ACCC is considering if trusted international standards could be accepted in Australia
    • The review is open for consultation from September 28 to November 4, 2016.
  • Consumer Protection Notice No. 4 of 2006 - Consumer Product Safety Standard: Babies' Dummies
    • This standard is being reviewed because:
      • The mandatory safety standard references AS2432:1991 Babies’ Dummies, a 1991 voluntary Australian standard, which the 2015 version replaces.
      • There is an interpretation problem with the ‘shield test’ in the mandatory safety standard meaning safe dummies can fail the safety standard. The 2015 voluntary Australian standard resolves this problem.
      • The ACCC is considering whether to consolidate the safety provisions of the two bans on babies’ dummies with unsafe decorations and unsafe dummy chains into the mandatory safety standard.
      • The ACCC is considering trusted international standards as ways to demonstrate compliance.
    • The review is open for consultation from September 28 to November 4, 2016.

 

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