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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) has proposed a new federal regulation: 16 CFR 1235 Safety Standard for Baby Changing Products. The rule proposes to adopt the existing ASTM standard F2388-16 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Baby Changing Tables for Domestic Use, with a few modifications to the enhance the effectiveness of the standard based on gathered incident data.
A “baby changing product” according to the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR), refers to changing tables and other changing products including contoured changing pads and add-on changing units. The ASTM F2388 defines a changing table as “an elevated, freestanding structure generally designed to support and retain a child with a body weight of up to 30 lb (13.6 kg) in a horizontal position for the purpose of allowing a caregiver to change the child’s diaper. Changing tables may convert from or to other items of furniture, such as, but not limited to, a dresser, desk, hutch, bookshelf, or play yard, may have pull-out or drop-down changing surfaces, and may provide storage for diapers and diaper products.”
The proposed 16 CFR 1235 modifies certain key requirements of the ASTM standard as follows:
Certain significant features addressed by the ASTM F2388-16 standard include:
The CPSC has proposed that the rule become effective 6 months after publication of the final rule in the Federal Register. Comments on the proposed rule can be submitted until December 13, 2016.
The proposed Rule can be viewed at: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-29/pdf/2016-22557.pdf
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