The French Decree relating to the prevention of risks arising from the use of childcare articles was developed in 1990s when there were just a few internationally recognized standards available to cover all products distributed on the market. For those products without any dedicated standard, or with additional functions not covered by any standard, article 4 of the Decree requires a type examination procedure in order to meet the safety requirements given in the Annex.
At the very beginning only two testing institutes were approved by the authorities to test against these French regulated requirements.Over the last 20 years, many European standards for juvenile products and childcare articles have been developed by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and published by the French Ministry to give presumption of conformity to the French Decree. Products fully covered by these standards do not need to be submitted to a type examination under the French Decree any longer.
However, some uncommon products (or functions) are still not covered by existing standards. Therefore, the French regulation requires type examination testing for example for:
- Bathing aids.
- Booster seats (until prEN 16120 is published).
- Infant swings (until prEN 16232 is published).
- Children’s cots, when they are convertible into junior beds, and junior beds intended for children less than 4 years.
- Some accessories designed for childcare articles.
In August 2008, SGS UK became the first laboratory outside France to be approved to issue type examination documents.Since its accreditation on September 6, 2012, SGS France is also authorized to conduct type examination testing on childcare articles when applicable, to deliver the corresponding type examination reports and certificates for compliance to the safety requirements of the French Decree.
With its two labs (Aix en Provence and Bradford) offering comprehensive testing capabilities against EU standards and the French Decree, SGS can now offer a one stop full service to the juvenile products industry (http://www.sgs.com/
For further information about SGS Juvenile Products Services, please contact the SGS experts.
SGS Consumer Testing Services
International Sales Manager, SGS France
+33 1 41 24 89 97
Technical Expert, SGS France
+33 4 42 61 64 56
Global Expert, SGS France
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Technical Manager, SGS UK
+44 1274 367994
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