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Update: Classification of Cribs, Cradles, Bassinets and Sleep Accessories

Updates to the Industry Guide for the Classification of Cribs, Cradles, Bassinets and Sleep Accessories

The Consumer Product Safety Program would like to inform you that the Industry Guide for the Classification of Cribs, Cradles, Bassinets and Sleep Accessories has been updated. This document sets out factors and considerations that Health Canada takes into account to determine whether a product manufactured, imported, advertised, or sold in Canada falls in the scope of the Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations.

What does the Industry Guide update include?

The updates include:

  • Discussion on the product definitions in the Cribs, Cradles, and Bassinets Regulations 
  • Refining the descriptions of the factors that contribute to a product’s primary function of providing sleeping accommodation
  • Adding examples of product categories that Health Canada considers to have a primary function of providing sleeping accommodation

Who is the Industry Guide for?

  • Manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, and advertisers of cribs, cradles, bassinets, and sleep accessories to these products
    Other interested parties and stakeholders

Background on the Industry Guide and regulations

Cribs, cradles, bassinets, and their sleep accessories are used by infants and toddlers without adult supervision. These children represent part of the population that is particularly vulnerable, both physiologically and because they cannot recognize potentially hazardous conditions. The regulations were introduced in 1974 as a measure to reduce deaths and injuries associated with the use of these products. Since then, the regulations have been updated several times to strengthen the requirements and address emerging hazards.

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