Product safety standards

There are currently six product safety standards in place to help prevent and reduce the chance of accidents and injuries while using these products.

Baby walkers

There is a product safety standard for baby walkers to help reduce the risk of children getting hurt when using one. This is because baby walkers allow children to move around faster and further and in different ways than they are able to on their own.

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Children's nightwear

Children may be injured if their nightwear accidentally catches on fire. When buying nightwear for children, look for snug fitting items and low fire hazard fabrics. This reduces the chance of the nightwear catching fire.

In New Zealand, children’s nightwear that is covered by the Product Safety Standard must carry a fire hazard label. This includes new and second-hand children’s nightwear and some daywear (sizes 00–14). The label reminds caregivers to keep children away from heat and flame sources .

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Children's toys

Children under the age of 36 months are less able to cough up anything they swallow by accident and may choke. To reduce the risk of children choking while playing with a toy, children’s toys must be of a specified size, and not contain small parts designed to be removed from the toy or small pieces that break off easily. In general the Product Safety Standard for Children's Toys applies to toys with characteristics that will appeal to a child up to 36 months of age.

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Cigarette lighters

Lighters that are unsafe, do not work properly or are used incorrectly, particularly by children, may cause accidental fires and injuries.

To reduce the risk of accidental fires, cigarette lighters must meet certain performance, design and labelling standards. Lighters must be designed to ensure most children would not be able to operate them.

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Household cots

Babies and young children may be injured in an unsafe cot.

To help reduce the risk of injury to babies and young children, household cots must meet certain design and construction requirements, pass impact, strength and durability tests and have warning labels attached.

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Pedal bicycles

To help prevent you from getting injured when riding a bicycle, new bicycles must meet design and performance requirements, and also have warning labels attached.

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Consumer information standards

Consumer information standards help you make informed decisions when purchasing and caring for products. They require traders to disclosure certain information about goods and services when they offer them for sale.

Care labelling

You can expect that any type of clothing, household fabric or furnishing you buy has a label that gives you information about how to care for the product.

Having this information means that the fabric is less likely to be damaged or destroyed and is more likely to last for a reasonable period of time.

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Country of origin labelling

All new clothing and footwear must have a label that tells you where the product was made.

Having this sort of information means you can make an informed decision when thinking about buying clothing and footwear.

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Country of origin food regulations

From February 2022, consumers can expect to see mandatory country of origin information on a range of fresh and thawed food, and on frozen food from May 2023. The new Consumer Information Standards (Origin of Food) Regulations apply to fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and shellfish that are of a single type, fresh, thawed, or frozen, and no more than minimally processed. The Regulations also apply to cured pork.

Fibre content labelling

Clothing or fabric you buy must have labels that list the fibres, and the percentages or amounts of the different fibres, in the product.

This ensures you have accurate information about the fibre content of the clothing or textiles you buy to make sure you can correctly use and care for these products.

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Used motor vehicles

All used motor vehicles must have an accurate and complete Consumer Information Notice when displayed for sale by a used motor vehicle seller.

The Consumer Information Notice (CIN) provides you with information about the vehicle so that you can make a better informed purchasing decision.

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Water efficiency labels

Certain products must have water efficiency rating labels displayed next to them when being sold in New Zealand.

Having this information about a product's water consumption and efficiency means that you can make a more informed purchasing decision when buying products that use water.

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Download an overview of the standards PDF (876 KB)

Product safety postersProduct safety poster

We have produced a poster which helps draw attention to the mandatory product safety standards we enforce, particularly those affecting young children and infants.

You can download the poster in the language of your choice below: