New CEN standards related to ‘Textile child care articles’ 

In support of the implementation of the EU Directive on General Product Safety (2001/95/EC), in August 2018 CEN published three standards related to ‘Textile child care articles - Safety requirements and test methods for cot bumpers for children, children cot duvets for children and sleep bags for children’ (European Commission Mandate N° M/497). The aim of these European Standards is to minimize the main risks posed by products in the sleep environment of babies and young children, such as hyperthermia (overheating); internal asphyxiation (choking); injuries due to ingestion of small parts; and injuries due to chemicals.
 
The new three following standards were developed by a joint working group between CEN/TC 252 ‘Child Care Articles’ and CEN/TC 248 ‘Textiles & textile products’, with CEN/TC 248 taking the lead.

CEN standard EN 16779-1:2018 specifies requirements for the safety of cot duvets (excluding removable duvet covers) used by children up to 36 months in the child’s sleeping environment and designed to provide sufficient warmth when sleeping in a cot or similar products (e.g. crib/cradle). A separate standard is under development to consider removable covers.

On a similar note, CEN standard EN 16781:2018 specifies requirements for the safety of children's sleep bags used in the child's sleeping environment and designed to provide sufficient warmth, so as to remove the need for additional bedding when sleeping in a cot or similar products (e.g. crib/cradle). It is applicable to products for use by younger children, provided they are not able to climb out of the cot (approximately under the age of 24 months).

Finally, CEN standard EN 16780:2018 focusses on requirements for the safety of children's cot bumpers used in the child's sleeping environment when  sleeping in a cot or similar product (e.g. crib/cradle).

The Technical Secretariat of CEN/TC 248 ‘Textiles’ is held by BSI - British Standards Institution.

For more information, please contact Claire DALIER.