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2016 ACCC Review of the Mandatory Standard for Bunk Beds

SOURCE: ‘Review of the Mandatory Standard for Bunk Beds Consultation Document’- Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

“The ACCC is reviewing the mandatory safety standard that sets out minimum requirements for construction, design and labelling of bunk beds. This regulation is being reviewed because:

  • the bunk bed market and products have changed since the mandatory safety standard was introduced in 2002, and there are a number of emerging safety hazards
  • the mandatory safety standard does not address these hazards since it is based on the 1994 version of the voluntary Australian standard (AS/NZS 4220:1994), which has been reviewed and updated several times, most recently in 2010 
  • the ACCC is considering whether trusted international standards could be used as the  basis for safety requirements in Australia. 

The purpose of this review is to assess whether the mandatory safety standard remains effective and whether there are more efficient ways of achieving the same level of safety…”

You can have your say by submitting comments to the ACCC as outlined in the consultation document before 11 April 2016.  More information can be found by visiting the ACCC website.