Children’s sleepwear: Flammability requirement guidelines - Summary

From Health Canada

Overview

These guidelines provide information about the safety requirements that apply under the Children's Sleepwear Regulations to children's sleepwear in sizes up to and including 14X that are manufactured, imported, advertised or sold in Canada, in particular information on:

  • Flammability requirements for tight-fitting and loose-fitting children's sleepwear, including:
    • Design, dimensional and labelling criteria
    • Performance criteria and test methods
  • Requirements pertaining to the use of chemical flame retardants

These guidelines also provide general information on the safety of children's garments, including topics such as drawstrings on children's upper outerwear, small parts and small powerful magnets.

In addition to the product-specific requirements noted in these guidelines, it is prohibited to manufacture, import, advertise or sell any consumer product that is a "danger to human health or safety" as defined in the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) (see paragraphs 7(a) and 8(a) of the Act).

Who these guidelines are for

  • Manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers of children's sleepwear
  • Other interested parties who are affected by the regulations

In these guidelines

  • Introduction
  • Legislation
  • What is children's sleepwear?
  • Flammability requirements for children's sleepwear
    • Flammability requirements for tight-fitting sleepwear
      • Design, dimensional and labelling criteria for tight-fitting sleepwear
        • Sleepwear designed for use in a hospital
        • Sleepwear designed for infants weighing up to 7 kg
        • Polo pyjamas
        • Sleepers
        • Wearable sleepwear accessories
      • Performance criteria and test method for tight-fitting sleepwear
    • Flammability requirements for loose-fitting sleepwear
      • Design, dimensional and labelling criteria for loose-fitting sleepwear
      • Performance criteria and test method for loose-fitting sleepwear
  • Requirements pertaining to the use of chemical flame retardants
    • Restricted use of chemical flame retardants in loose-fitting sleepwear
    • Prohibited chemical flame retardants in wearing apparel
    • Prohibited chemical flame retardants in children's foam products
  • Appendix 1 - How to measure children's sleepwear
  • Appendix 2 - What is not children's sleepwear? (with exceptions)
  • Appendix 3 - General information on the safety of children's garments
  • Appendix 4 - Information resources

Details and history

Published:
August, 1998
Updated:
February, 2019

To request a copy of these guidelines

These guidelines may be updated from time to time. For the most recent version, contact a Health Canada Consumer Product Safety Office via email hc.ccpsa-lcspc.sc@canada.ca or telephone at 1-866-662-0666 (toll-free within Canada and the United States).

These guidelines are not available online.

For assistance

For further information, visit the resources in Appendix 4 of these guidelines or contact a Health Canada Consumer Product Safety Office via email hc.ccpsa-lcspc.sc@canada.ca or telephone at 1-866-662-0666 (toll-free within Canada and the United States).

Report a problem or mistake on this page
Please select all that apply:

Thank you for your help!

You will not receive a reply. For enquiries, contact us.

Date modified: