European Standard for Cot and Crib Mattresses Updated

Stakeholders are reminded
that the European Union’s standard for cot and crib mattresses has been amended
with the publishing of Amendment A1 to EN 16890:2017.

Original published in May
2017 by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the standard covers
mattresses used in children’s cots, travel cots, cribs and suspended baby beds.
It applies to products used in both domestic and non-domestic settings and
includes bases and toppers.

Updates to the standard
brought in by Amendment 1 include:

  • ‘Chemical
    hazards’ clause now refers to EN 71-3:2019
  • Method to
    check nominal dimensions relating to the size of the mattress to cot/crib
    updated with a tolerance on width/length of +25/0 mm. Thickness must also be
    indicated and verification made to ensure the thickness of the mattress does
    not exceed the nominal value
  • Decorative
    stitches and quilting are explicitly excluded from strength and slippage
    requirements and information is given on the wording ‘other fabrics’ to be
  • Requirements
    introduced to limit the length or the perimeter of cords/loops to prevent
    strangulation hazards
  • Additional
    information to ensure durability tests are conducted in the same way in every
    test premises

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EN 16890:2017 is currently listed in the
EU Official Journal as showing compliance to the General Product Safety
Directive and its amendment will be published shortly.

This amendment was published
in June 2021 and Member States bound to CEN/CENELEC rules must withdraw
conflicting national standards in December 2021. In the UK and EU countries
where national legislation exists, e.g., Ireland and France, national
legislation must be followed.

SGS Childcare Product Services

SGS offers a wide range of services to ensure that products comply with
relevant standards for childcare articles and children’s equipment. They
provide consulting, training, product development, testing, audit and
inspection services to ensure that products comply with strict regulations
worldwide, demonstrating the safety and quality of juvenile products being
brought to the market.
Learn more about SGS’s Childcare Product Services.

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For further information contact:

Catherine Follin-Arbelet

Juvenile Products International Expert

Tel: +33 6 28 50 25 88



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