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Australia Sets New Requirements for Dummies and Dummy Chains

Photo: Baby's dummy
Photo: Baby's dummy

Published on May 8, 2017 the Australian Consumer Goods (Babies’ Dummies and Dummy Chains) Safety Standard 2017 introduces new requirements for babies dummies/soothers and dummy/soother chains.

Definitions

Babies’ dummy means an article intended to satisfy the non-nutritive sucking needs of a baby, which includes a teat that the baby sucks.

Dummy chain means pins, ribbons, strings, cords, chains, twines, leathers, yarns or any other similar article that is designed to be attached to babies’ dummies.

Baby dummies shall meet certain sections of either the Australian or the European standard. The relevant standards are listed below:

  • AS 2432:2015 Standard for Babies’ Dummies
  • EN 1400:2013+A1:2014 – Child use and care article – Soothers for babies and young children – Safety requirements and test method

Dummy chains shall meet certain sections of the European standard. The standard is listed below:

  • EN 12586:2007+A1:2011 – Child use and care article – Soother holder – Safety requirements and test method

During the transitional period, prior to July 1, 2019, babies’ dummies must meet the requirements of either:

  • Trade Practices Act 1974 – Consumer Protection Notice No. 4 of 2006 – Consumer Product Safety Standard for Babies’ Dummies and Competition and Consumer Act 2010 – Consumer Protection Notice No.33 of 2011 – Revocation of interim ban and imposition of permanent ban on certain babies’ dummies to which there are crystals, beads or other similar ornaments attached; or
  • Consumer Goods (Babies’ Dummies and Dummy Chains) Safety Standard 2017

During the transitional period, prior to July 1, 2019 babies’ dummy chains must meet the requirements of either:

  • Competition and Consumer Act 2010 – Consumer Protection Notice No. 34 of 2011 – Revocation of interim ban and imposition of permanent ban on certain pins, ribbons, strings, cords, chains, twines, leathers, yarns, or any other similar article to which there are crystals, beads or other similar ornaments attached which are designed to be attached to babies’ dummies; or
  • Consumer Goods (Babies’ Dummies and Dummy Chains) Safety Standard 2017

More details of the legislation are available at www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2017L00516.

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