Background

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule that, effective June 26, establishes a new mandatory safety standard for baby changing products. This standard is a children’s product safety rule that will require the issuance of a notice of requirements to explain how laboratories can become accredited as third-party conformity assessment bodies to test these items to the new standard.

The new standard incorporates by reference standard ASTM F2388-18, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Baby Changing Products for Domestic Use. Under ASTM F2388-18 baby changing products include changing tables, changing table accessories, add-on changing units, and contoured changing pads.

- A changing table is an elevated, freestanding structure generally designed to support and retain a child with a body weight of up to 30 lb (13.6 kg) in a horizontal position for the purpose of allowing a caregiver to change the child’s diaper. Changing tables may convert from or to other items of furniture (e.g., a dresser, desk, hutch, bookshelf, or play yard), may have pull-out or drop-down changing surfaces, and may provide storage for diapers and diaper products.

- A changing table accessory is one that attaches to a crib or play yard designed to convert the product into a changing table typically having a rigid frame with soft fabric or mesh sides or bottom surface, or both.

- An add-on changing unit is a rigid addition to or separate product used in conjunction with an item of furniture that provides barriers to prevent the infant from rolling off the product when a diaper is being changed.

- A contoured changing pad is one designed for use on an elevated surface that incorporates barriers to prevent a child from rolling off the changing surface.

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