On 11 May 2017, Australia small business minister announced the simpler product safety standard for babies’ dummies and dummy chains1 published in 8 May on the federal register of legislation. The safety standard will be enforced starting from 1 July 2019. During the 2-years transition, suppliers can choose to continue supplying babies’ dummies and dummy chains that meet the previous safety standards and bans or the new safety standard.
The safety standard is simplified by including guidance on flexible and non-flexible designs, combining all safety requirements for dummies and dummy chains in a single standard. To address the known safety hazards and reduce the risk of injury, the safety standard requires
babies’ dummies to meet certain requirements of either Australia standard AS 2432:20152 or the European soother standard EN 1400:2013+A1:20143that relate to the integrity of the shield, ring, handle and plug, teat strength, decorations, packaging, product identification, warning label and instructions.
dummy chains to meet essential requirements addressed in the European soother holder standard EN 12586:2007+A1:20114 for maximum length, impact resistance, durability and tensile strength.
This new safety standard provides the greatest benefit for consumers, suppliers and regulators. Businesses that manufacture or supply dummies and dummy chains for the European market would not be required to package specifically for Australian market. This may result in a cost saving for consumers and greater consumer choice.