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What is BS EN 16672:2020?

BS EN 16672:2020 is a professional technical standard that specifies the requirements for the safety and performance of childcare articles intended for use by children. It covers various products, including high chairs, changing units, cribs, and strollers, among others.

Key Features and Requirements

This standard lays down specific features and requirements that childcare articles must meet to ensure the safety and well-being of children. These requirements include:

Stability: The article should be stable and secure when in use, preventing tip-over accidents.

Entanglement Hazards: There should be minimal risk of entanglement for the child while using the article.

Sharp Edges: Any sharp edges or points that could cause injury should be eliminated or properly protected.

Chemical Safety: The materials used in childcare articles must be free from harmful substances such as lead, phthalates, and flame retardants.

Entrapment Hazards: There should be no gaps or spaces that can cause entrapment or suffocation.

Ergonomics: The design and dimensions of the article should be suitable for the child's age and size.

Cleaning and Maintenance: The article should be easy to clean and maintain without compromising its safety and durability.

How Does BS EN 16672:2020 Benefit Consumers and Manufacturers?

BS EN 16672:2020 provides a clear and standardized set of safety requirements for childcare articles. For consumers, this means they can have confidence that the products they purchase meet certain safety standards and offer protection for their children. It also helps manufacturers by providing a clear framework for the design and production of childcare articles, ensuring consistency in quality and safety across the industry.

Compliance and Certification

To ensure compliance with BS EN 16672:2020, manufacturers undergo rigorous testing and evaluation of their products. Independent third-party testing laboratories assess the articles against the standard's requirements. Once the articles meet all the necessary criteria, they can receive certification that demonstrates their compliance with the standard. This certification helps consumers identify safe and reliable childcare articles in the market.


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