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Australia has introduced new requirements for babies’ dummies/soothers and dummy/soother chains. The new regulations were published on May 8, 2017, as the Australian Consumer Goods (Babies’ Dummies and Dummy Chains) Safety Standard 2017.

The updated regulations call for baby dummies to meet certain sections of either the Australian or the European standard. These standards are:

  • AS 2432:2015 Standard for Babies’ Dummies
  • EN 1400:2013+A1:2014 – Child use and care article – Soothers for babies and young children – Safety requirements and test method

Dummy chains need to meet the relevant sections of the European standard – EN 12586:2007+A1:2011 – Child use and care article – Soother holder – Safety requirements and test method.

The amended standard allows for a period of transition, ending on July 1, 2019. During this period, babies’ dummies must meet either the new standard or:

  • Trade Practices Act 1974 – Consumer Protection Notice No. 4 of 2006 – Consumer Product Safety Standard for Babies’ Dummies and Competition and Consumer Act 2010 – Consumer Protection Notice No.33 of 2011 – Revocation of interim ban and imposition of permanent ban on certain babies’ dummies to which there are crystals, beads or other similar ornaments attached

During the transition period, dummy chains must meet either the new requirement or:

  • Competition and Consumer Act 2010 – Consumer Protection Notice No. 34 of 2011 – Revocation of interim ban and imposition of permanent ban on certain pins, ribbons, strings, cords, chains, twines, leathers, yarns, or any other similar article to which there are crystals, beads or other similar ornaments attached which are designed to be attached to babies’ dummies

The baby dummy is defined as an article intended to satisfy the non-nutritive sucking needs of a baby, including a teat that the baby sucks. The dummy chain is defined as any pin, ribbon, string, cord, chain, twine, leather, yarn or any other similar article that is designed to be attached to a babies’ dummy.

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