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Health Canada has published new regulations relating playpens. The legislation covers products which create an enclosed play area for children up to a height of 90 cm, and which has sides that are attached to its floor. In addition, at least one of these must be made from textiles or other pliable materials, and none of the structure can be inflatable.

The new Playpen Regulation, SOR/2018-186, strengthens construction and performance requirements, improving safety in the following areas:

  • Entrapment in openings in the textile sides of playpens and sleep accessories
  • Floor pad spacing and mattress pad spacing
  • Angles of sleep surfaces
  • Warnings
  • Stability
  • Latching and locking of top rails
  • False latch
  • Top rail configuration
  • Top rail to corner post attachment
  • Entanglement on projections
  • Corner post height
  • Floor pad thickness
  • Openings — finger entrapment
  • Floor pad vertical displacement
  • Strength of playing surfaces
  • Mesh opening sizes
  • Mesh and fabric attachment strength
  • Number of wheels
  • Accessories — entrapment
  • Side height of sleep accessories
  • Mattress pad thickness of sleep accessories
  • Integrity of playpen accessories
  • Angle of sleep accessories that rock or swing
  • Allowance for the use of a pouch to store assembly and use instructions

SOR/2018-186 replaces and repeals SOR/2016-189 and it is aligned with SOR/2016-152 – Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations – and applicable US requirements (16 CFR 1221).

Health Canada published the new regulations in the Canada Gazette on October 3, 2018, meaning the new rules will come into effect on April 3, 2019.

Stakeholders are advised to now check their products are compliant with the latest requirements for playpens being offered onto the Canadian market.

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