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Date:2018/05/23

BSMI announces national standards on infant bath seats and tubs to promote bath safety BSMI, MOEA March 17, 2018

To create a safe bathing environment and ensure that bathing accidents do not happen, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI) has published CNS 16024 “Child use and care articles – infant bath seats” and CNS 16025 “Child use and care articles – infant bath tubs” on December 26, 2017. Based on the ASTM standards, the above standards are expected to put the parents at ease, serve as a safety guideline for domestic manufacturers and enhance product quality and safety.

According to the US’ Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), flawed infant bath seats may tip over during use, posing a risk of drowning to babies. To prevent such accidents from happening in Taiwan, the BSMI has established relevant standards, which specify requirements for “suction cups,” “hazardous sharp edges or points,” “openings” and “scissoring, shearing and pinching”. The move is expected to prevent bath seats from tipping over easily and accidents such as cuts, pinches and fingers getting caught. Moreover, to ensure infant safety and keep infants away from hazardous chemical products, the new standards also specify “lead content in coating”.

The BSMI reminds parents that infants should never be left unattended in a bath seat or bath tub and that another child or preschooler should not be left to take care of infants. When using a bath seat, make sure that the infant is within an adult’s reach to lower the risk of accidents. The bureau also urges manufacturers to manufacture products that comply with the national standards. The BSMI will continue to pay close attention to updates on child care product standards in the international community and revise the national standards when needed to ensure user safety and reflect domestic industry trends. For more information, please visit CNS Online Service at http://www.cnsonline.com.tw/.

Agency in charge: Department of Standards (First Division)
Contact person: Mr. Shih-Wei Ni
Telephone: (02)3343-5110

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