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EU to Extend the Ban of Non Child Resistant and Novelty Lighters

On 11 May 2006, the Commission adopted a Decision 2006/502/EC requiring Member States to ensure that cigarette lighters are child-resistant when placing on the EU market.

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The Decision also prohibits the placing on the market of lighters which resemble objects that are particularly attractive to children; so called ‘novelty lighters’. Certain lighters such as luxury lighters are excluded from the scope of the Decision based on a number of technical criteria, but still must comply with the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC essential safety requirements.

Considering that non child resistant lighters are still being placed on the EU market and in the absence of other satisfactory measures addressing the child safety of lighters, the commission on 5th February 2014 extended the validity of Decision 2006/502/EC for a further 12 months by publishing Decision 2014/61/EU. The prohibition of non child resistant and novelty cigarette lighters now applies until 11 May 2015.

Lighters distributed on the European market must comply with EN ISO 9994 Lighters – Safety Specification and EN 13869 Child resistance for lighters – Safety requirements and test methods. Lighters that comply with EN 13869 are presumed to conform to the decision.

Child Resistant Lighters – Requirements

The requirements of Child resistant lighters are:

- Lighters shall comply with the requirements of EN ISO 9994 and EN 13869.

- No Lighter shall be a novelty lighter

- Lighters shall be resistant to successful operation by at least 85% of the child test panel.

- The mechanism or system of a lighter that makes the product resist successful operation by children shall:

a) Reset itself automatically after each operation of the ignition mechanism of the lighter.

b) Not impair safe operation of the lighter when used in normal and convenient manner

c) Be effective for the reasonable operating life of the lighter and;

d) Not be easily overridden or deactivated.

Please note that a child resistant lighter is not a child proof lighter. A child resistant lighter is a lighter that at least 85% of children under 51 months of age cannot operate; meaning that up to 15% of these children may still be able to operate such a lighter.


- SafeGuardS No 017/06 (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/0...)

- SafeGuardS No 030/06 (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/0...)

- SafeGuardS No 029/07 (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/0...)

- Decision 2014/61/EU (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2014:038:0043:0044:EN:PDF)

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