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On October 3, 2018, Canada Gazette has published SOR/2018–186 Playpens Regulations to specify requirements and safety specifications for playpens and accessories.

The Regulation specifies that every playpen or accessory that contains a toxic substance must comply with section 25 of the Toys Regulations in relation to that substance. Every playpen and accessory must be free from any surface coating material that contains any of the following substances:

  1. more than 90 mg/kg total lead when the material is tested in accordance with a method that conforms to good laboratory practices;
  2. any compound of antimony, arsenic, cadmium, selenium or barium if more than 0.1% w/w of the compound dissolves in 5% hydrochloric acid after being stirred for 10 minutes at 20°C; or
  3. any compound of mercury when the material is tested in accordance with a method that conforms to good laboratory practices.

Requirements for stitching, shearing and pinching of any parts of the playpen and its accessory are provided in this Regulation. This Regulation also provides specific requirements for flammability, stability, cords and other physical and mechanical parts.

This Regulation also provides the required information and warnings to be labeled on the playpen and on every accessory that is sold separately, as well as on any of the packaging.

Health Canada collaborated in development with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and there are few differences between these regulations and the requirements of corresponding US regulations.

Playpens Regulations will be enforced starting on April 3rd, 2019.

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