Health Canada Strengthens Safety Requirements for Playpens

Health Canada introduces new regulations covering children’s playpens. The new rules become effective on April 3, 2019.
( | Press Release | 2018-10-30 20:08:54 )
Health Canada has published new regulations relating playpens. The legislation covers products which create an enclosed play area for children up to a height of 90 cm, and which has sides that are attached to its floor. In addition, at least one of these must be made from textiles or other pliable materials, and none of the structure can be inflatable.

The new Playpen Regulation, SOR/2018-186, strengthens construction and performance requirements, improving safety in the following areas:

1) Entrapment in openings in the textile sides of playpens and sleep accessories
2) Floor pad spacing and mattress pad spacing
3) Angles of sleep surfaces
4) Warnings
5) Stability
6) Latching and locking of top rails
7) Side deflection and strength
8) False latch
9) Top rail configuration
10) Top rail to corner post attachment
11) Entanglement on projections
12) Corner post height
13) Floor pad thickness
14) Height of playpen sides
15) Openings — finger entrapment
16) Floor pad vertical displacement
17) Strength of playing surfaces
18) Mesh opening sizes
19) Mesh and fabric attachment strength
20) Accessories — entrapment
21) Number of wheels
22) Side height of sleep accessories
23) Mattress pad thickness of sleep accessories
24) Integrity of playpen accessories
25) Angle of sleep accessories that rock or swing
26) Allowance for the use of a pouch to store assembly and use instructions

SOR/2018-186 replaces and repeals SOR/2016-189 and it is aligned with SOR/2016-152 – Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations – and applicable US requirements (16 CFR 1221).

Health Canada published the new regulations in the Canada Gazette on October 3, 2018, meaning the new rules will come into effect on April 3, 2019.

Stakeholders are advised to now check their products are compliant with the latest requirements for playpens being offered onto the Canadian market.

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For further information contact:

Dennis Lancion
Technical Manager (Hardlines)
Tel: +1 (905) 364-3757

Catherine Follin-Arbelet
Juvenile Products International Expert
Tel: + 33 6 28 50 25 88


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