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Algeria Regulates Childcare Articles

Photo: Childcare
Photo: Childcare

Algeria has published technical regulations mandating certain specifications for childcare articles entering its market. The new law will become effective on May 27, 2017.

In November 2016, Algeria published Interministerial Order of July 11, 2016 (Arrêté interministériel du 6 Chaoual 1437 [1]) to adopt technical regulations for childcare articles. According to the new legislation, a ‘childcare article’ is defined as any product intended to ensure or facilitate sitting, general body care, sleeping, transportation, movement, physical protection and the feeding or sucking of children under the age of four.

The following products are not within the scope of childcare articles:

  • Bedding
  • Hygiene accessories
  • Restraining devices for child occupants of power-driven vehicles

This new law contains a number of important provisions, including:

  • Meeting physical, mechanical, flammability and chemical properties. In particular, childcare articles such as baby bottles, pacifiers, teats and teethers must not contain bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Requiring the words ‘Conforme aux exigences de sécurité’ (complies with safety requirements) to be affixed on the product or its packaging. This is in addition to existing labeling laws
  • Accompanying instruction manuals stating assembly instructions and where applicable, the method, conditions and precautions for use. This is in Arabic, and one or more ancillary languages
  • Certificate of Conformity (CoC) attesting that the product complies with the requirements in the technical regulations

The new law will become effective on May 27, 2017.

Highlights of certain chemical requirements in this new law are summarized in the table below.

Interministerial Order of July 11, 2016 (Arrêté interministériel du 6 Chaoual 1437)
Representative chemical requirements
SubstanceScopeRequirementEffective Date
Soluble elementsChildcare articles for children under the age of 4
      May 27, 2017
      Bisphenol A (BPA)
          BBP, DBP and DEHP
            0.1% each for plasticized materials
              DIDP, DINP and DNOP 0.1% each for plasticized materials that can be placed in the mouth

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