'Infant Sleep Products' being any product that has a surface on which an infant may lay which creates a sleep environment, including products that soothe or settle. Examples of Infant Sleep Products include infant hammocks, bassinets, bedside sleepers, inclined sleepers, sleep positioners or wedges, household cots and folding cots. 'Inclined Non-Sleep Products' being any inclined product for infants that position the infant's head above the horizontal, which is not designed, intended, marketed or contain any representations that it is suitable for sleep, but where an infant may still fall asleep. Examples of Inclined Non-Sleep Products include infant swings and bouncer seats.
Proposal of 2 new mandatory standards - The Consumer Goods (Infant Products) Information Standard and the Consumer Goods (Infant Sleep Products) Safety Standard ; (9 page(s), in English), (21 page(s), in English)
The ACCC intends to introduce 2 new mandatory standards - A mandatory safety standard for Infant Sleep Products and an mandatory information standard for infant sleep products.
The attached exposure drafts of the instruments set out the proposed requirements for the:
1. Consumer Goods (Infant Products) Information Standard 2023 exposure draft - A mandatory information standard for Infant Sleep Products, including Inclined Non-Sleep Products would include safety information and warnings so consumers are better informed of infant safe sleep practices and related risks.
2. Consumer Goods (Infant Sleep Products) Safety Standard 2023 exposure draft - A mandatory safety standard for Infant Sleep Products would introduce testing and design requirements to address the risks associated with incline, curvature, rigidity and material used, in addition to established requirements such as stability. There would also be specific requirements for bassinets, folding and household cots to address product specific hazards (for example, bar/slat width, side height and drop side strength requirements).