EU to set new safety standards for sleeping products for newborns and young children

New safety standards for children’s sleeping items – including duvets, baby sleeping bags and cot mattresses – which should help to prevent many cot –related accidents, were given a green light today by EU Member States. The vote took place in the General Product Safety Committee in Brussels. Cot-related accidents are responsible for more childhood deaths every year than any other child-care products.

According to the European Injury Database, between 2005-2007, 17 000 accidents involving children from 0 to 4 years in the EU happened in the cot. Despite the frequency of serious and sometimes fatal accidents caused by cot mattresses, cot bumpers, suspended baby beds, children’s duvets and baby sleeping bags, currently there are no EU safety standards for these products. The proposed new standards will reduce the risk of accidents from, for example, choking on loose parts, entrapment of an infant due to bad mattress design or asphyxiation accidents from cords or loops. Other necessary standards, such as stability and design requirements to reduce the risk of falls and injuries from suspended beds for babies, will also be introduced. The proposed safety requirements are now subject to a three month scrutiny period in the European Parliament and the Council, and they will then go to the College of Commissioners for a formal decision before being sent to the European Standardisation bodies.

New lists of harmonized standards for EMC, low voltage equipment, gas appliances and PPE

Manufacturers of CE marked electronics, electrical equipment, gas appliances and personal protective equipment better check the new lists of European harmonized standards that the European Commission published. The standards that they have used may have been superseded by new standards.

New lists of European harmonized standards for simple pressure vessels, recreational craft and cable ways

The European Commission has published updated lists of European harmonized standards that pertain to the Simple Pressure Vessels Directive 87/404/EEC, the Recreational Craft Directive 94/25/EC, and the Cableways Directive 2000/9/EC. Manufacturers of these types of equipment that have used European harmonized standards to prove compliance (presumption of conformity) should check if these standards are still valid, or whether they have been updated by these lists.

Are your CE marked medical devices up to date with the latest standards?

The European Commission published updated lists of European harmonized standards for the medical devices directives (Medical Devices Directive, Active Implantable Medical Devices Directive and In Vitro Diagnostics Directive). Manufacturers of CE marked medical devices should check if the European harmonized standards that they have used during the conformity assessment are still valid, or whether they have been updated by these lists.

Update list of European harmonized standandards for toys

Today, the European Commission published an update of the list of European harmonized standards that manufacturers of toys may use to prove CE compliance with the Toys Directive 88/378/EEC.

This updated list is of importance to manufacturers of toys that have used European harmonized standards to prove CE compliance. When you have applied standards which have been updated by this list, you need to re-evaluate your equipment against the updated standard and update your Declaration of Conformity.

The updated list of standards can be found here or our CE Marking Library.

Update list of European harmonized standards for electrical equipment

The European Commission published an update of the list of European harmonized standards that manufacturers of electrical equipment may use to prove CE compliance with the Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC (previously 73/23/EEC).

This updated list is of importance to manufacturers of electrical equipment that have used European harmonized standards to prove CE compliance. When you have applied standards which have been updated by this list, you need to re-evaluate your equipment against the updated standard and update your Declaration of Conformity.

The updated list of standards can be found here or our CE Marking Library.