The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is seeking feedback on ISO’s proposal for the development of a new standards committee on child care articles. The purpose of this inquiry is to consult with Canadian stakeholders to develop a national position on the proposal, and to determine if there is interest in participating in the work should it be approved.
Purpose and justification for new field of activity
AFNOR (Association Française de Normalisation), the ISO member body for France, is proposing the establishment of a new ISO technical committee on child care articles. AFNOR is proposing that this new technical committee is intended as a follow up to the work that was carried out by ISO/PC 310 - Wheeled child conveyances, while expanding the scope to the other child care articles.
The purpose of establishing this technical committee is as follows:
- to provide minimum safety requirements for children where no standard currently exists;
- to establish safety requirements and test methods to increase the safety of young children, i.e. up to four years old, based on already existing national and regional standards where feasible;
- to foster the provision to consumers of consistent information, for instance instructions for use;
- to promote consistency and safety in the design, use, testing and terms used when dealing with risk for child care articles; and
- to ensure coherence with the standard already developed by existing technical committees: ISO/TC 22 - Road vehicles, ISO/TC 38 - Textile, ISO/TC 136 - Furniture, ISO/TC 149 - Cycles, ISO/TC 181 - Safety of toys, IEC/TC 61 - Safety of household and similar electrical appliances.
Scope of proposed technical activity
The scope of the proposal focuses on standardisation of horizontal requirements of any product designed or obviously intended to safely ensure and facilitate seating, bathing, changing and general body care, feeding, sleeping, transportation and protection for young children. Standardisation of all products related to child care for which no other technical committee exists. The main focus is for products intended for children up to four years old.
Please see the AFNOR proposal for more information.
SCC values your feedback on this proposal. Stakeholders are invited to consider whether or not they agree with the proposal by completing this brief stakeholder feedback form no later than June 24, 2020.