Testing of Juvenile Products

QIMA's accredited laboratories offer testing services to evaluate the safety and quality of products designed for use with infants and children such as furniture, carriers, activity centers, walkers, gates and bath tubs.

QC Tailored for Juvenile Products

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.


Juvenile Product Testing Requirements

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:

  • 16 CFR 1216 (ASTM F977-18) – Baby Walkers
  • 16 CFR 1218 (ASTM F2194-16e1) – Bassinets/Cradles
  • 16 CFR 1219 (ASTM F1169-19) –Full-Size Cribs
  • 16 CFR 1220 (ASTM F406-19) – Non-Full-Size Cribs
  • 16 CFR 1221 (ASTM F406-19) – Play Yards
  • 16 CFR 1225 (ASTM F2050-19) – Hand-Held Infant Carriers
  • 16 CFR 1226 (ASTM F2236-16a) – Soft Infant/Toddler Carriers
  • 16 CFR 1227 (ASTM F833-19) – Carriages/Strollers
  • 16 CFR 1230 (ASTM F2549-14a) – Frame Child Carriers
  • 16 CFR 1231 (ASTM F404-20) – High Chairs
  • 16 CFR 1232 (ASTM F2613-21) – Children's Chairs/Stools
  • 16 CFR 1234 (ASTM F2670-18) – Infant Bath Tubs
  • 16 CFR 1235 (ASTM F2388-18) – Baby Changing Products
  • 16 CFR 1237 (ASTM F2640-18) – Booster Seats
  • 16 CFR 1238 (ASTM F2012-18e1) – Stationary Activity Centers
  • 16 CFR 1239 (ASTM F1004-19) – Expansion Gates/Enclosures

Current regulations for the EU include:

  • EN 716 – Cots and Folding Cots
  • EN 1130 – Cribs and Cradles
  • EN 1273 – Baby Walking Frames
  • EN 1400 – Soothers
  • EN 1466 – Carry Cots and Stands
  • EN 1888 – Pushchairs and Prams
  • EN 1930 – Safety Barriers
  • EN 12221 – Changing Units for Domestic Use
  • EN 12227 – Playpens
  • EN 12586 – Soother Holder
  • EN 12790 – Reclined cradles
  • EN 13209 – Framed Back Carrier and Soft Carriers
  • EN 14350 - Drinking Equipment
  • EN 14372 – Cutlery and Feeding Utensils
  • EN 14988 – Children's High chairs
  • EN 16120 – Chair Mounted Seats
  • EN 16232 – Infant swings

Juvenile Product Testing Expertise

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:

  • Risk assessment and design evaluation
  • Regulatory compliance tests
  • Chemical and analytical tests
  • Physical and mechanical tests
  • Performance and reliability rests
  • Labeling requirements, including warnings

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:

  • Sharp points/edges
  • Small parts
  • Stability and overload
  • Tipping resistance test
  • Compression test
  • Tension/torque tests
  • Seam strength tests
  • Load tests
  • Drop/impact tests
  • Latching/locking mechanism test
  • Disengagement test
  • Restraint system test
  • Entrapment tests

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:

  • Lead content
  • Cadmium content
  • Phthalate content
  • Formaldehyde Release
  • Azocolourants and Azodyes

For any additional testing you may need, QIMA provides customer test programs to meet specific client requirements.


Certifications for the Juvenile Product Industry

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:


Why QIMA for Product and Supplier Compliance?

The QIMA Benefits

  • A network of global labs providing one-stop service to you and your suppliers
  • Industry leading turnaround time for testing
  • Testing capabilities covering a wide range of consumer products including electrical & electronics, hardlines, softlines, toys and juvenile products
  • Lab experts trained and certified in regulatory standards and the newest testing methods
  • Global technical support team with rich experience to help you build tailor-made testing programs
  • Easy online and mobile booking and dashboard for managing orders and accessing data anywhere, any time
 
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