CEN Develops Three Standards for Children’s Textile Products

On August 1, 2018, European Committee for Standardization (CEN) issued three standards for sleeping bags, cot bumpers and cot duvets to minimize the risks for babies and young children using these products in a sleep environment. Information in these standards will include safety requirements, test methods, warnings, and safety instructions for adult users on how to address potential hazards.

1.  EN 16779-1:2018: Textile child care articles – Safety requirements and test methods for children’s cot duvets – Part 1: Duvet (excluding duvet covers)

This draft European Standard specifies requirements for the safety of children’s cot duvets, excluding removable duvet covers, used in the child’s sleeping environment (i.e. not under supervision), and designed to provide sufficient warmth when sleeping in a cot or similar product (e.g. crib/cradle) in which a child is contained. This document specifies requirements for cot duvets suitable for children up to 36 months. Cot duvets with permanent decorative outer fabrics also known as cot quilts or coverlet are included in the scope.

2.  EN 16780:2018: Textile child care articles – Safety requirements and test methods for children’s cot bumpers

This European Standard specifies requirements for the safety of children’s cot bumpers used in the children’s sleeping environment (i.e. not under supervision) when sleeping in a cot or similar product (e.g. crib/cradle) in which a child is contained.

3.  EN 16781:2018: Textile child care articles – Safety requirements and test methods for children’s sleep bags for use in a cot

This document specifies requirements for the safety of children’s sleep bags which are used in the children’s sleeping environment (i.e. not under supervision) and designed to provide sufficient warmth so as to remove the need for additional bedding when sleeping in a cot or similar product (e.g. crib/cradle) in which a child is contained. It is applicable to products for use by younger children based on the ability of the children to not being able to climb out of the cot (approximately under the age of 24 months).