Children's nightwear standard

The Product Safety Standards (Children's Nightwear & Limited Daywear Having Reduced Fire Hazard) Regulations 2016

Regulation and standard information

Children’s nightwear must comply with specific parts of the Standard AS/NZS 1249:2003 Children’s Nightwear and limited daywear having reducing fire hazard (with NZ only Amendment A 2008) under the Product Safety Standard (Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear Having Reduced Fire Hazard) Regulations 2008.

AS/NZS 1249:2014 Children’s nightwear and limited daywear having reduced fire hazard(external link)

Product Safety Standards (Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear Having Reduced Fire Hazard) Regulations 2016(external link)

Note: Only the version of the standard that's specifically cited in the Regulations applies — revisions after the date the law is made don't form part of the requirements. The cited standard will remain available through Standards New Zealand — check to make sure you have the correct version.

What the regulations apply to

Children’s nightwear and limited daywear are defined in the regulations based on size of the garment. They include:

  • pyjamas and pyjama sets
  • all-in-ones
  • nightdresses and nighties
  • nightshirts
  • dressing gowns
  • bathrobes
  • boxer shorts of a loose style commonly used as nightwear
  • infant sleep bags with sleeves or arm openings
  • blankets and towels that incorporate a sleeve or arm opening.

There are also explicit exemptions set out in the regulations.

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The regulations also apply to the sale or supply of second-hand children’s nightwear.

Who enforces the regulations

The Commerce Commission enforces the regulations in-market, and has prepared guidance material to help traders understand and comply with the requirements.

Commerce Commission website — Children's nightwear(external link)

The New Zealand Customs Service enforces the regulations at the border under the Fair Trading Act and the Customs and Excise Act. They may request documentary evidence of compliance and/or inspect goods before they're permitted to enter New Zealand. Non-compliant goods are deemed prohibited imports under the Fair Trading Act.

New Zealand Customs Service website — Prohibitions and restrictions(external link)

Policy rationale and background

Requirements for fire hazard warning labelling on children’s nightwear were first introduced in New Zealand in 2005 with the introduction of the Product Safety Standards (Children's Nightwear and Limited Daywear Having Reduced Fire Hazard) Regulations 2005. The Regulations were introduced help reduce the number of burn injuries suffered by children in the home every year, and directly in response to injuries and fatalities involving the ignition of children’s nightwear in the home.

The Regulations provide information to parents and carers on the flammability hazards associated with different styles/designs, fitments and materials used in children’s nightwear. This information is intended to enable parents and carers to make informed decisions when purchasing children’s nightwear and enable them to choose garments that are appropriate for the circumstances in which they live.