At last, an updated standard
Effective 20 April 2017 a revised mandatory standard for children’ s nightwear is in place. It allows a transition period up to the end of 2019.
The revised mandatory standard is based on Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1249:2014 Children’s nightwear and limited daywear having reduced fire hazard.
Children’s nightwear that meets the requirements of AS/NZS 1249:2014 can be supplied immediately. Products that meet the requirements of the old standard can be supplied until 31 December 2019.
This revision fixes the awkward situation for companies supplying both Australia and New Zealand as the Kiwis had led with their review in 2016 with a transition period that recently expired.
The new ACL regulations are known as the Consumer Goods (Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear and Paper Patterns for Children’s Nightwear) Safety Standard 2017 and can be accessed on the Federal Register of Legislation, including its Explanatory Statement, using the following link- https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2017L00452.
Guidance on the new standard
Product Safety Solutions has produced a guide to the new standard. The e book Changes to AS/NZS 1249 – Children’s nightwear safety standard in Australia: What they mean for importers, manufacturers and retailers is available on this website.
The e-book goes through the key changes in AS/NZS 1249-2014 in more detail and covers what these changes mean for the nightwear market. It is written for those familiar with the old mandatory standard. A short summary is also available in the 2014 blog article Changes to the Children’s nightwear standard – Advice for suppliers.