Baby Carrier Industry Alliance Announces Changes to the ASTM Baby Sling Standards, effective November 19, 2022
YADKINVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA — On August 11, 2022, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 4-1 to adopt the updated ASTM Infant Sling Standard, F2907-22, as the mandatory safety standard for baby sling carriers. The new requirements go into effect on November 19, 2022. “The key changes are to warning statements and the warning label format,” says Kristi Hayes-Devlin, executive director of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance. “The ASTM subcommittee has worked hard to begin harmonizing the standards, and the changes incorporate ANSI Z535, another industry standard that addresses safety labels.”
The standard is not yet available to purchase from ASTM. However, the standard is publicly available for temporary public viewing. Changes are outlined within the public document.
Key information for baby sling manufacturers
All baby slings sold in the US must be tested to the ASTM F2907 standard. All slings manufactured prior to November 19, 2022 can reference the current version of the standard, F2907-19.
However, on and after November 19, 2022, infant sling carriers must be tested in accordance with F2907-22. The updated standard requires changes to both sewn-in warning labels and printed warnings within the product literature.
Rationale for the suggested effective date
Zachary Foster, CPSC, explained that the date of implementation is based on policies of the JPMA, a trade organization that represents many large companies within the juvenile product space. Although the CPSC did not codify the standard as law until August 11, the standard was published in May. “Six months from standard publication is the typical timeframe JMPA allows for juvenile products to meet new voluntary standard requirements . . . . Unless CPSC receives significant adverse comment within 30 days of publication in the federal register, the November 19 effective date will likely remain unchanged.”
“We realized it can be confusing to navigate changes to safety standards,” says Hayes-Devlin. “The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance exists to make it easier for our members to navigate product regulations. We’re please to offer product labels and templates that are compliant with the ASTM standards, and new labels will be available to members soon.”
About the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance
The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance is a non-profit trade organization committed to advancing the baby carrier industry. We support manufacturers, retailers, educators and related organizations in their endeavors to bring quality carriers and education to caregivers. Resources include compliance checklists and support navigating and understanding international product safety regulations. Instagram: @babycarrierindustryalliance | https://babycarrierindustryalliance.org
View the Record of Commission Action (.pdf): https://www.babycarrierindustryalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/2022-08-11-FINAL-RCA-ASTMs-Revised-Safety-Standard-for-Sling-Carriers.pdf
View F2907-22, the ASTM baby sling standard, with revisions (document is available to the public on a temporary basis)