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ISO proposal for the creation of a new technical committee on “Child care articles “

ISO proposal for the creation of a new technical committee on "Child care articles"

The national standards body of France (AFNOR) submits to ISO a proposal for the creation of a new Technical Committee on “Child care articles”.

Scope: Standardization in the field of Child care articles.

Standardization of horizontal requirements of any product designed or obviously intended to safely ensure and facilitate seating, bathing, changing and general body care, feeding, sleeping, transportation and protection for young children. Standardization of all products related to child care for which no other Technical Committee exists. The main focus is for products intended for children up to 4 years old.

The Committee will develop standards and standardization documents in the field of wheeled transportation: stroller, carry cot, child seats for cycles, standards with performance-based safety requirements, according to the risks to be mitigated. The standards will define test methods, relying as far as possible on existing methods already in use in other sectors. The development of ISO standard on general terminology will also be considered.

Purpose and justification of the proposal

The demand for child care articles is on the rise globally. Rising birth rates in some countries certainly play a role to some extent. But the main factors are probably the increase in income and in-home space, together with the introduction of new habits, such as travelling with children and shared custody between parents or with grandparents.

The growth of second hand products demand is also an important trend in this market. Nowadays, the child care industry is expanding internationally. Manufacturers are faced with the challenge of taking into account a wider range of consumers’ habits as they expand in new countries.

Furthermore, they have to deal with increased scrutiny and higher expectations in terms of safety. Additionally, some countries have adopted national regulations, which can apply either to all child care articles horizontally or only to some specific categories of products.

In consideration of this complexity, manufacturers operating globally have an incentive to set up R&D facilities in multiple countries. Moreover, the design and production system of child care products is reaching maturity. Its industry is one of the best organized, covering product design, marketing, production, transport, storage and testing. With the fast development of child care articles, safety issues are becoming of major importance.

For instance, baby walking frames were banned in Canada in April 2004. At the same time, the European Consumer Association ANEC requested a ban on bath seats in Europe. However, these products are still widely available across many markets, as consumers find them useful to their nursing activities. It seems all the more important to mitigate the risks incurred and to define safety requirements as well as clear instructions for the safest possible use of these products.

Potential stakeholders are: manufacturers, distributors, laboratories and certification bodies, purchasers, children and public authoritiesл

In case of national interest, Bulgaria can support the creation of ISO/TC Child care articles. If the establishment of ISO/TC is accepted by the national standards bodies – members of ISO, BDS can obtain P- or O-membership in the work of the newly established committee.

The national stakeholders can provide their position on the proposal for this new field of ISO technical activity by 20 of June 2020 to senior expert Petar Lozev, e-mail: petar.lozev@bds-bg.org, tel: +359 2 81 74 539.

For more information about the proposal see: here.