Canada Releases Safety Requirements for Teething Necklaces Worn by Children Under Three Years of Age

On August 13, 2018, Health Canada issued a notice informing manufacturers, importers and retailers that teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age may represent strangulation, choking and aspiration hazards. These hazards could potentially lead to the death of a child.

There are currently no regulations under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) that address these hazards for teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age. Hence Health Canada considered performance criteria from existing international safety standards, and from other Canadian regulations in determining hazard posed by such products.

Health Canada has concluded that teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age that do not meet all of the four following performance criteria, or equivalent, may be considered a danger to human health or safety. The products that do not meet the four performance criteria cannot be sold and are subject to compliance and enforcement actions.

Importers, manufacturers or retailers of teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age should ensure that their products meet the performance criteria listed above prior to exporting them for sale in Canada.