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Safety Standard Proposed for Baby Changing Products

Friday, September 30, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting through Dec. 14 comments on its proposal to issue a mandatory safety standard for baby changing products. The proposed standard is based on ASTM F2388-16, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Baby Changing Tables for Domestic Use, with more stringent requirements for structural integrity, restraint system integrity, and warnings on labels and in instructional literature. If this standard is finalized it will also be a children's product safety rule that requires the issuance of a notice of requirements to explain how laboratories can become accredited as third-party conformity assessment bodies to test products to the new standard.

ASTM F2388-16 applies to baby changing tables and other changing products. It defines changing tables as elevated, freestanding structures designed to support and retain a child with a body weight up to 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) for the purpose of a diaper change. Changing tables may convert to other furniture pieces, such as dressers or play yards, and may have storage or other pull-out or drop-down features. Other changing products include contoured changing pads and add-on changing units that are sold separately for use on furniture products other than changing tables. The majority of changing tables and add-on changing units are made of wood, while contoured changing pads are generally made of a combination of synthetic-covered foam.

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