The mandatory standard for household cots came into effect on 3 December 2005. It covers various requirements for new, second-hand, antique and collectable cots.
Under the mandatory standard, household cots are permanent sleeping enclosures for infants and babies that have raised sides and ends. Cots are usually rectangular with sides and ends made of slats or filler bars. Often one side drops down to give easy access to a child.
Circular cots are also available. These are made with walls that have no slats. There are also cots available that convert to a toddler bed. When working as a cot, these must comply with the mandatory standard.
This mandatory standard is based on Australian Standard AS/NZS 2172:2003 Cots for household use—safety requirements.
AS/NZS 2172:2003 is a voluntary standard except for those sections specifically called up by the mandatory standard. For complete information about all mandatory requirements for household cots, you must read Consumer Protection Notice No. 6 of 2005. This information is essential to ensure you and your business comply.
The mandatory standard came into effect on 3 December 2005.
in relation to goods - (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase and
in relation to services - provide, grant of confer.
This mandatory standard applies to anyone in the business of supplying household cots, including:
To allow for staggered implementation, there are some cases where a mandatory standard or ban prescribes different compliance dates for the manufacturing, importing and supply of a product. Manufacturers, importers and distributors should check for this detail in the mandatory standard before embarking on production, importation or distribution of these goods.
The requirements noted below are key requirements only. They may help to give suppliers a general idea of the detail they must look up in the mandatory standard. This information may also assist consumers when they are choosing cots.
While we provide some advice on this page to help you understand aspects of the standard you can visually check, suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.
While the mandatory standard includes some features you can visually or physically check, it also specifies testing to ensure cots meet requirements for impact, strength, load, durability and stability. Suppliers need to organise this testing through specialist testing laboratories with the right skills, experience and equipment.
Loose or looped cords near cots can accidentally strangle and kill small children. Babies have died from being strangled in blind, curtain and electrical cords they accessed in their cots. There are simple steps you can take when preparing baby's sleep area to make sure it's safe from these hazards.