On April 16, 2013, Health Canada released a public consultation
proposal to amend the Playpens Regulations
("Regulations") under the Canada Consumer Product
Safety Act1. Interested stakeholders may
submit comments until June 29, 2013.
The proposal seeks to enhance infant/child safety by aligning
the Regulations with existing requirements under the Canadian
Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations and by further
aligning Canada's safety requirements with certain
international standards and US requirements for play yards,
playpens and bassinets/cradles. The changes proposed include:
Clarifying the definition of "playpen" to eliminate
existing confusion between playpens and portable cribs;
Revising technical requirements for the gap between the floor
pad and the side of the playpen, the side height of playpens
and the side height requirements for sleep accessories;
Amending the test method for assessing mesh opening sizes to
align with international play yard standards;
Establishing performance requirements relating to a
playpen's latching and locking mechanisms;
Prohibiting any protrusion, attachment or mechanism capable of
entangling the occupant's clothing or other object worn by the
occupant, to be located above the upper surface of the floor of the
Including a maximum rock or swing angle for sleep accessories
that rock or swing, and requiring that such sleep accessories
incorporate a means of self-leveling;
Introducing performance requirements and test methods to asses
sleep accessories missing key structural elements, intended to
avoid their improper assembly; and
Providing for a transitional period of six (6) months for the
implementation of the new requirements to allow industry time to
re-design, test and supply new product models meeting the amended
The comments received in response to the consultation will be
taken into consideration when preparing the draft of the new
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