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France – Notice to Manufacturers, Importers and Exporters of Cot Bumpers

A notice published on 30 October 2014 in the French Official Journal reminds the General Obligation of Safety applicable to cot bumpers in France (art. L221-1 of the French Consumer Code).[1]

Cot bumpers shall be designed such as to avoid any strangulation hazards due to ribbons, cords and straps that are likely to generate loops or nooses in the sleeping environment of young children.

French experimental standard XP G 30-106: 2012 gives suitable requirements and test methods applicable to cot bumpers. For more details regarding the content of XP G 30-106 please see our fact sheet[2].

  • Straps and ribbons used to attach cot bumpers to a cot shall not have a free length exceeding 300 mm when they are stretched with a 25 N force.
  • Any other functional or decorative strap or ribbon shall not have a free length exceeding 140 mm.
  • Relevant product information is required, to ensure cot bumpers are used in safe conditions.

This notice repeals and replaces the  previous notice regarding these articles published in the French Official Journal on 24 December 2006.

SGS has dedicated experts and services to assist you in the development of juvenile products and childcare articles. SGS offers physical/mechanical tests, chemical tests, packaging evaluation, inspections to ensure the compliance of your products in target markets. Armed with two labs (Aix en Provence and Bradford) offering comprehensive testing capabilities against EU standards and approved by the Ministry in charge of Industry within the frame of the French Decree, SGS offers a one stop full service to the juvenile products industry.

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[1] French Official Journal

[2] fact sheet

Email SGS Hong Kong Ltd. at mktg.hk@sgs.com for enquiries or visit http://www.sgsgroup.com.hk/.

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