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France - Updated List of Standards to Ensure Compliance with Decree 91-1292 on Childcare Articles

In order to prevent risks arising from the use of childcare articles in France, the safety requirements for childcare articles are regulated in the national French decree 91-1292.

PRLog - Oct. 12, 2012 - The French Decree 91-1292 was developed in the 1990s and defines childcare articles as any product intended to provide or facilitate the seating, hygiene, sleep, transportation, travel and physical protection of children under four years of age.    

On September 15, 2012, the list of standards referenced in Decree 91-1292 has been updated and includes the latest revision of the following standards:
•   NF EN 12227: December 2010 – Playpen for domestic use – Safety requirements and test methods
•   NF EN 1930: February 2012 – Safety barriers – Safety requirements and test methods
•   NF EN 1888: April 2012 – Wheeled child conveyances – Safety requirements and test methods

In order to ensure a smooth transitional period, the regulation specifies that it will still be possible to produce or import articles that conform to the previous standards within one year from the date of publication that means until September 15, 2013; and that it will be possible to sell out existing stocks.

This new list (http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JOR...) additionally includes the latest standard NF S 54-042 from June 2012 on the specifications and marks of bath thermometers.

Manufacture and import of these articles, if they were approved through a type examination process, will be allowed during one year until September 15, 2013 and selling out existing stocks will be possible as well.

The regulation also states that child restraints such as car seats and carrycots that are covered by the
French Decree of 25 and 26 January 1995 - relating to the safety of child restraints for children in wheeled vehicles - also enter the scope of the Decree 91-1292 when they are used out of the vehicle as a reclined cradle or carry cot.

The SGS childcare laboratories in France and UK have been approved to deliver certificates of compliance (http://www.sgs.com/en/Local/France/News-and-Press-Release...) to the safety requirements of the French Decree 91-1292 after a type examination procedure (art. 4).

For further information about the compliance with Decree 91-1292, please contact the SGS experts.

Contact details:

SGS Consumer Testing Services

Catherine Follin-Arbelet
Senior International Expert, Juvenile Products
215 Rue Paul Langevin
Pôle d'activité Aix les Milles
13856 Aix en Provence Cedex, France

t: +33 4 42 61 64 57
Email: cts.media@sgs.com
Website: http://www.sgs.com/pages/consumer-testing/sgs-consumer-go...

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.

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