Health Canada publishes guide to the classification of cribs, cradles and bassinets

January 22, 2015

Health Canada has published its guide to the classification of cribs, cradles and bassinets that are manufactured, imported, advertised or sold in Canada. The guide follows on 2010 amendments to the Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations, promulgated under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, which prohibits the manufacture, importation, advertisement or sale of products that are, or are likely to be, a danger to the health or safety of the Canadian public. The new guide provides direction on classifying cribs, cradles and bassinets, according to the revised definitions for each. For example, the Regulations now include bassinets under their scope, and eliminate the distinction between standard and portable cribs. All of these products are defined by their function and sleeping surface area, and products falling on the border between two product categories are subject to the more strict set of requirements. The current version of the guide is available online.

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