Bicycle helmets are products which are designed to offer protection to the cyclist's head during impact. It features a shell, liner, and retention strap fitted along the lower jaw area. The mandatory standard prescribes requirements for the design, construction, performance, and safety marking of bicycle helmets.
Review of the mandatory standard for bicycle helmets - consultation email; (3 page(s), in English)
The mandatory safety standard bicycle helmets references certain requirements in the 2008 edition of the voluntary Australian standard. The voluntary Australian standard was updated in 2020.
The ACCC is proposing to make a new mandatory safety standard for bicycle helmets to allow suppliers to comply with the most recent edition of the voluntary Australian standard which is the following:
· Australian/New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS 2063:2020, Helmets for use on bicycles and wheeled recreational devices)
In addition, the ACCC proposes to allow suppliers to comply with any of the following four widely adopted overseas voluntary standards:
· International Standard (Snell B‑95, 1995 Bicycle Helmet Standard, 1998 revision Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling)
· European Standard (EN 1078:2012+A1:2012, Helmets for pedal cyclists and for users of skateboards and roller skates)
· American Standard (ASTM F1447:2018, Standard Specification for Helmets Used in Recreational Bicycling or Roller Skating)
· American Standard (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (16 C.F.R. Part 1203), Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets))
The new safety standard would not impose any requirements other than those contained in these voluntary standards. Allowing compliance with these standards would permit supply of helmets without the need to additionally test to the Australian standard. It is also intended to reduce regulatory complexity and duplication for suppliers, thereby further facilitating trade.
The attached consultation email outlines the ACCC's proposed steps.