Child Safety Standards

Three important new EU standards aimed at Child Safety (EN 13120, EN 16433 and EN 16434) have now been approved by the national standardisation bodies of all EU Member States and are due to published by CEN on 19th February 2014.

The British Standards Institute has indicated that these are “likely to be implemented as British Standards by the end of February” (when they will have a “BS” prefix added) and so become enforceable by law under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005.

In her letter of 25th October 2012, sent to over 8,000 companies involved in the blind and soft furnishing trade the Minister, Jo Swinson MP, stated that the standards “are likely to be used immediately on publication”. Although there is normally a period of time for an industry to become compliant with any new standards, this is entirely at the discretion of the enforcing body.

The British Blind and Shutter Association, which has spearheaded much of the expert consultation in the UK,  has explored this issue with the Trading Standards National Product Safety Focus Group and their response was “whilst the group thought that a transitional period would be sensible, it did not prescribe any duration for such a period.”

Shades of Doncaster  Limited has prepared for all of these changes and are already implementing all of the changes before the publication date of the 19th February 2014, ready for it to become enforceable in the UK by the end of February 2014.