Amber teething necklace safety. There has been a change recently in how Amber Teething Necklaces and Bracelets/Anklets are to be labelled in this country. Previously, amber for teething has been sold throughout the world with the label "Use under Supervision". Because there is no dedicated EU directive dealing with these products, they must be considered for labelling under the EU Toy Safety Regulations EN-71-1. When considered under this legislation, a certain test is applied to judge their suitability for use as a toy for children under 3 years. This test involves 3 elements; Size, Tension (strength of cord) and Impact. These products will not pass these tests, primarily because of their small size. The contention is that a child under 3 could put the necklace or bracelet/anklet in their mouth, in which case and it would not be safe. So we are obliged to label them as "Not Suitable for under 3 years". The product as a whole is what is under consideration. There is no question about the amber itself.
To add to the confusion regarding these products, they are being considered for labelling differently in different EU countries. The Irish and UK Trading Standards authorities are applying the full rigours of the toy testing procedures to them. But the authorities in other countries consider it is necessary to only apply the tension test. They have developed a new type of clasp which breaks at a lesser force than the more common screw type clasp. A product with this new type of clasp is given EN71 certification from at least 4 EU countries as "Suitable for use under 3 years". Some are advising to attach the label "Use under Supervision" also. We do not stock this type of clasp as from a sample we put to test, they came apart too easily and kept falling off the child. Amber on the loose is not a great idea!
In the absence of a comprehensive EU dedicated directive on this and with the recommendations from Trading Standards here in the UK, we have relabelled all our amber products as "Not suitable for use under 3 years". For further information about how to use amber, please look at our observations on our safety page.
Please feel free to contact us in you would like further clarification on any of the above points.
Never take a chance on safety while using amber or teething products. Always research fully. You can see our safety guidelines here
Our smallest child bracelet is 13cm for safety reasons.
I have had lots of questions from customers about this and asking why other companies are calling these teething bracelets and using pictures of babies on their website and marketing. I have seen pictures recently in adverts of babies chewing on the amber beads. Chewing is not allowed as it can shatter. I would like to point out that any company using baby pictures or advertising these on Facebook / Google and their websites for teething, gas, colic etc are actually in breach of advertising regulations and EU general product safety regulations. The companies are not regulated and are not based in the UK (Although they pretend to be). Please be careful as you will not be covered... You will also have issues getting hold of someone to talk to, an address or arrange a return and refund as consumer trading regulations have not been applied.
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Check the Facebook page to see if there is a physical address (a real one) or reviews are available when searched on Google. Search for Facebook reviews or Trustpilot reviews.
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Last but not least, know your consumer protection rights. If the item did not arrive, is faulty or not fit for purpose a refund/replacement must be accepted. Open a chargeback with your bank or Paypal. If there are enough red flags, Paypal will not allow the company to accept PayPal payments.
There's a lot of companies online like the above. Always fully research.
A reputable company would have at least a 6-month warranty (we do) for their products and will replace without question. Know your rights.
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