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CONSUMER PROTECTION : EXPERTS TO APPROVE CHILD PRODUCT SAFETY STANDARD PROPOSAL.

EU General Product Safety Committee experts will vote on child safety standards for childproof window and balcony door locking devices and child bathing articles on 15 June in Brussels. If they give the green light, the European Commission will present an official proposal and hand it to the Parliament for examination, the Commission confirmed on 12 June.

The Commission's proposal for improved EU standards will introduce new requirements to test for the child resistance, structural integrity and resistance to ageing and weather exposure of childproof locking devices for windows and balcony doors. Clearer instructions and information for the user will also be required.

The baby bath articles under scrutiny, determined through a Commission study carried out between 2007 and 2008, are bath seats for babies, bathing aids, baths and bath stands. The proposal will improve stability and resistance requirements as well as demand for more visible and clear warnings and instructions.

The EU is striving to update safety standards for a variety of child care products. Proposals for other nursery product standards will be introduced over the next year for items such as high chairs, booster seats and crib mattresses. Instructions must be clear, products must be truly childproof and products must pass certain standard safety tests.

After Parliament's one month scrutiny period, the proposal will pass to the College of Commissioners for a formal decision. A mandate will then go to the European Standardization Committee (CEN) so they can start working on new product standards, which can take up to two years.

See report at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/reports/rights_child_safety_prod.pdf

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