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On February 25th, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a direct final rule of the consumer product safety standard for portable bed rails to incorporate by reference the applicable ASTM standard.

This direct final rule incorporates ASTM F2085-19 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Portable Bed Rails as the mandatory standard for portable bed rails. ASTM F2085-19 was published in November 2019.

ASTM F2085-19 defines a portable bed rail as a device intended to be installed on an adult bed to prevent children from falling out of bed. These bed rails are intended for children who can get in and out of an adult bed unassisted (typically from 2 to 5 years of age). The standard establishes requirements for the performance of portable bed rails. It also contains requirements for labeling and instructional literature.

The rule is effective on May 20th, 2020, unless CPSC receive significant adverse comment by March 26th, 2020.

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