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New Zealand Announces Enforcement of Revised Children’s Nightwear Standards

April 14, 2016

The New Zealand government has officially published Product Safety Standards (Children's Nightwear and Limited Daywear Having Reduced Fire Hazard) Regulations 2016, revising regulations for children’s nightwear and limited daywear.
 
These regulations mandate compliance with the updated standard AS/NZS 1249:2014: Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear Having Reduced Fire Hazard and cover the following:

  • Best practices within the sector
  • Scope expansion to include items such as all-in-ones, wearable towels, blankets and sheets
  • Simplified requirements for businesses operating in the trans-Tasman market
  • Introduction of new warning labels regarding flammability
  • Requirement for fire hazard information on children’s nightwear and limited daywear products offered online
  • New test for the hazard of molten materials and clarification on the requirements for certain fabrics

The newly published standard revokes The Product Safety Standards (Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear Having Reduced Fire Hazard) Regulations 2008 (SR 2008/199), effective April 17, 2017.
 
While the revised regulations took effect on April 18, 2016, a 12-month transition period is provided for the industry to comply.
 
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