Health Canada Seeks Comments on Proposal to Amend Regulations for Tents

Health Canada seeks feedback on its proposal to change the Tents Regulations (SOR/2016-185), which would also amend the Toys Regulations.
( | Press Release | 2019-03-06 14:42:20 )
Health Canada has issued a proposal to update its Tents Regulations (SOR/2016-185) in relation to flammability and labeling requirements. The proposed changes will better align the regulations with current market conditions. If approved, the proposal will also move some play tent requirements to the Toys Regulations.

The proposed changes include:

• Updating the Tents Regulations to include the requirements in CAN/CGSB-182.1, including the product scope. The scope only covers tents intended for outdoor use and does not include children’s play tents for indoor use only. The planned publication date of CAN/CGSB-182.1 is March 31, 2019
• Amending the Toys Regulations to include flammability and fire-safety labeling requirements for children’s play tents intended for indoor use only, with the following considerations:
o Using the term “toys intended to be entered by a child” instead of “play tents” to align with ISO 8124-2:2014 and EN71-2:2011+A1:2014. These tents are defined as toys that at least partially enclose a child. They include toy tents, puppet theatres, wigwams and play tunnels, but do not include open canopies. It applies to toys made of flexible materials, e.g. fabric, vinyl, and do not apply to rigid materials
o Options for flammability requirements that are being considered by Health Canada include the requirements for soft toys in the Toys Regulations, or the requirements for toys intended to be entered by a child in ISO 8124-2:2014 and EN71-2:2011+A1:2014
o Options for safety labeling requirements that are being considered include a simple statement similar to ISO 8124-2:2014 requirement, i.e. “Warning! Keep away from open flame.”, or a detailed warning the same as the one proposed for children’s tents in CAN/CGSB-182.1 that includes a safety alert symbol, warning and cautionary statements. An additional statement is also being considered to caution parents and caregivers to the intended use of the product to avoid misuse, e.g. “For indoor use only!”
• Prohibiting or restricting the use of flame retardants in tents, play tents and possibly other toys subject to flammability requirements

Tent Regulations were originally introduced in 1988. Since then, the market has seen considerable changes in relation to materials and flammability regulations. The current proposals being considered by Health Canada will allow the regulations to better align with these advancements.

Stakeholders have until March 23, 2019, to send comments to Health Canada.

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