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On September 6, 2012, SGS is proud to announce the approval of its lab in Aix en Provence to deliver certificates of compliance to the safety requirements of the French Decree N°91-1292 of December 20, 1991, after a type examination procedure (art. 4).

Childcare articles are sensitive products

The French Decree relating to the prevention of risks arising from the use of childcare articles was developed in 1990s when there were just a few internationally recognized standards available to cover all products distributed on the market. For those products without any dedicated standard, or with additional functions not covered by any standard, the Decree requires in its article 4 a type examination procedure to be conducted to meet the safety requirements given in the Annex; and at the very beginning only two testing institutes were approved by the authorities to test against these French regulated requirements.

Over the last 20 years many European standards for juvenile products and childcare articles have been developed by the CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and published by the French Ministry to give presumption of conformity to the French Decree. Products fully covered by these standards do not need to be submitted to a type examination under the French Decree any longer.

However, some unusual products (or functions) are still not covered by existing standards. The French regulation requires therefore, a type examination is conducted. This is the case for example, for:

  • Bathing aids
  • Booster seats (until prEN 16120 is published)
  • Infant swings (until prEN 16232 is published)
  • Children’s cots when they are convertible into junior beds, and junior beds intended for children less than 4 years
  • Some accessories designed for childcare articles

SGS France is now authorized when applicable, to conduct type examination testing on childcare articles, to deliver the corresponding type examination reports and certificates for compliance to the safety requirements of the French Decree.

In August 2008, SGS UK became the first laboratory outside France to be approved to issue these type examination documents. Now armed with two labs (Aix en Provence and Bradford) offering comprehensive testing capabilities against EU standards and the French Decree, SGS offers a one stop full service to the juvenile products industry.

For further information about SGS juvenile products services, please contact:

  • Aude Caplet (International Sales Manager, SGS France) - +33 1 41 24 89 97
  • Myriam Jovelet (Technical Expert, SGS France) - +33 4 42 61 64 56
  • Catherine Follin Arbelet (Global Expert, SGS France) - +33 4 42 61 64 57
  • Melvyn Wolff (Technical Manager, SGS UK) - +44 1274 367994

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