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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Supplying dummy chains

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is reminding suppliers about their legal responsibilities when supplying babies' dummy chains.

In accordance with the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), non-compliant dummy chains are illegal to sell in Australia.

If you sell these products, you are responsible for ensuring they meet the requirements of the mandatory safety standard to reduce the risk of death or serious injury from strangulation or choking.

For more information on the requirements of the mandatory safety standard, please visit the baby dummies and dummy chains page on the Product Safety Australia website.

Fines and penalties

Supply of products that do not comply with safety standards can result in enforcement action that attracts fines and pecuniary penalties. The maximum penalty is $500 000 for individuals and for body corporate, the greater of $10 million, or three times the value of the benefit gained from the conduct, or 10% of annual turnover in the preceding 12 months, if a court cannot determine the benefit gained from the product.

Mandatory reporting

If you become aware of any serious injury, illness or deaths associated with the products you supply, you must submit a mandatory report to the ACCC within 2 days to comply with the mandatory reporting obligations required by the ACL.

Failure to make a mandatory report may attract fines and pecuniary penalties of up to $16,650 for a body corporate or $3,330 for a person other than a body corporate.

More information

The ACCC Product Safety Australia website contains detailed information about Australia's product safety system.

There is also a dedicated resource which the ACCC has developed for online sellers. You can also subscribe on the website to receive product safety email updates from the ACCC.

If you would like more information or clarification, you can contact the ACCC directly via the Product Safety Australia website enquiry form.