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ANEC report on child protective products

“Child protective products” are products that are intended to prevent children from accessing dangerous sites. A broad range of items fall under this product category including barriers, guards, covers, locks and locking devices, restraints, containers, fixings, and retainers. In 2003, ANEC, the European consumer voice in standardisation, commissioned a study on child protective products as test reports in consumer magazines revealed that many of those products are of poor quality. In particular, the often observed insufficient child protective function raised concerns. Several years ago, the work program of the CEN’s technical committee dealing with child care articles (CEN/TC 252) contained the preparation of standards for several products in this field. Unfortunately these work items were later deleted. ANEC’s 2003 research project developed proposals for safety requirements and test methods for socket protectors, hob guards, window locking devices, and locking devices for cupboards and drawers. ANEC will use its research report to ask the European Commission for a standardisation mandate for these products. The report is available on ANEC’s website:

Research report on children's climbing skills

Children can and will climb on almost anything that attracts them. Falling is therefore one of the major causes of injuries to children. In many standards for products associated with children, for example playground equipment, the ability to climb is a safety issue that needs to be addressed. For ANEC to argue for appropriate requirements in standards, research was required into children’s ability to climb a range of products to identify what they can climb and how they use footholds and grip/grasp when climbing these products. In the 2004 research project, a literature review was undertaken, experts interviewed, an examination of different age groups undertaken, and an investigation took place on how children climb and what they climb on. A second part of this study will be carried out in 2005 and will deal with practical tests. The first part of the study can be found on ANEC’s website

Changes of address

ANEC, the European consumer voice in standardisation, moved offices in mid-December 2004 to Av de Tervueren 32, Box 27, 1040 Brussels, Belgium. Telephone and fax numbers and email addresses remain unchanged.