As part of the rulemaking process required by Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently voted unanimously to approve the new federal rule, 16 CFR 1222,establishing the safety standard for bedside sleepers. The safety standard is based on an existing industry standard, F 2906 – 13 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bedside Sleepers, published by ASTM International, with modifications made by the CPSC. A bedside sleeper is defined in the rule as:
“A rigid frame assembly that may be combined with a fabric or mesh assembly, or both, used to function as sides, ends, or floor or a combination thereof, and that is intended to provide a sleeping environment for infants and is secured to an adult bed.”
This safety standard aims to address safety concerns associated with bedside sleepers through general, performance and warning requirements. For purposes of the final rule, references to ASTM F2194 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bassinets and Cradles in the ASTM F2906-13 standard for Bedside Sleepers are replaced with references to the 16 CFR 1218 mandatory Safety Standard for Bassinets and Cradles.
The effective date of the new mandatory standard, 16 CFR 1222, is July 15, 2014. Bedside sleepers manufactured on and after this date should meet the requirements of 16 CFR 1222.
The Final Rule can be viewed at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-15/pdf/2014-00597.pdf
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