France Updates Regulatory Provisions for Filled Bedding Products

Among the provisions within Decree 2019-1007, Article 7 modifies Decree 2000-164, which covers the requirements relating to filled bedding items such as quilts, cushions, pillows, bolsters, and padded blankets. The requirements related to:

• Ignitability
• Essential hygiene requirements relating to the filling (down and/or feather)
• Product marking

The primary change brought in by Decree 2019-1007 relates to marking, with such articles no longer required to carry the statement – “Conforme aux exigences du décret no 2000-164 du 23 février 2000”.

Stakeholders should note, however, articles within the scope of Decree 2000-164 must still meet these requirements:

• Ignitability – assessment in relation to flammability of bedding items from a cigarette
• For down and/or feather filling – determination of the oxygen index number, turbidity of an aqueous extract, and, if needed, the microbiological state
• Labeling of name or trademark of the entity responsible for placing the articles in the market
• Recommended care instructions to enable the article to keep its original properties

Assessment of ignitability and hygiene requirements can be achieved through assessment against applicable standards – published in the French Official Journal (NF EN ISO 12952-1 for ignitability, NF EN 1162, NF EN 1164, NF EN 12935 for down and feather hygiene).

If these standards are not applicable, the product must carry a certificate of compliance issued pursuant to the required examination by either a French or European organization, or an organization from another country that is part of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (the EEA Agreement), or Turkey. This organization must have accreditation for the test methods specified in Decree 2000-164.

Stakeholders should remember, the company responsible for placing an article onto the market may be prosecuted and fined if both the following required elements cannot be provided:

• Description of the product including components and their characteristics
• Test reports using standards giving presumption of conformity or a certificate of compliance issued by an accredited third party

In addition to filled bedding items, Decree 2019-1007 covers a number of other consumer products, including:

• Childcare articles
• Portable heating appliances using liquid fuel
• Playground equipment
• Bunk beds
• Ladders, step ladders and step stools
• Folding seats referred to as deck chairs
• Bedding items
• Grinding and cutting disks
• Barbecues using solid fuel
• Electronic and chemical breathalysers

It harmonizes the safety requirements covering these products in relation to design, testing, technical files and markings, when these provisions are linked to identified safety issues.

Decree 2019-1007 came into effect on October 1, 2019, one day after it was published. It allows for products that conformed to the provisions of previous decrees to remain on sale until October 1, 2020, and previous inventory can remain on sale until they are sold out.

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