Children's furniture, child care products, and developmental accessories can put infants and young children at risk of injury or worse if they are not manufactured with the utmost concern for safety. Unfortunately, juvenile products have accounted for a large number of the recalls issued in the US and EU in recent years due to problems discovered after products enter the market. As a result, authorities have established more rigorous safety and testing requirements for many of the products in which parents and caregivers place their trust.
Changing standards and evolving regulations make it difficult for manufacturers, distributors and retailers to keep up with the current requirements. A trusted quality control partner can help with the challenge. QIMA offers testing services to help you avoid costly product recalls, build greater consumer confidence, and protect your brand reputation while ensuring consistent product quality and market compliance. With global experience in safety testing and market inspections, QIMA keeps up with the current state of regulations for markets around the world and can help you keep up, too.
When it comes to children's products, the most common hazards are related to choking, strangulation, entrapment, suffocation, toxicity, cuts, punctures, instability and weak components. Quality control and testing requirements are largely focused on minimizing these risks. EU and US regulations state that juvenile products must be tested by an accredited third-party laboratory to verify product safety and fitness for use.
Current regulations and standards for the US include:
Current regulations for the EU include:
QIMA laboratory tests ensure that your juvenile products meet the standards and regulations of your destination market. For the US market, QIMA is currently authorized to perform testing on baby walkers, bassinets, hand-held infant carriers, soft infant and toddler carriers, carriages, strollers, frame child carriers, high chairs, children's chairs/stools, infant bath tubs, booster seats, stationary activity centers, and expandable gates/enclosures. For EU, Australia and New Zealand, QIMA laboratories can test most juvenile products.
To ensure that all of your requirements are met, QIMA's custom-made testing programs address:
QIMA's laboratories perform a wide range of tests covering every aspect of product quality and safety. Depending on the requirement, the following mechanical tests are common for juvenile products:
To confirm that products for infants and children are made from safe, non-toxic materials, QIMA's chemical tests can include, but are not limited to:
For any additional testing you may need, QIMA provides customer test programs to meet specific client requirements.
QIMA, through Hansecontrol, offers certification for a wide variety of juvenile products, which allow you to demonstrate superior product quality and safety to your consumers. Certification services you may choose from:
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