Updates from BCIA

2021 Spring ASTM Meetings
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The May 2021 ASTM Subcommittee meetings are as follows: Tuesday May 4th, 2021 (online) 2:15-2:45pm ET F2907 Sling Carriers Committee Meeting 2:45-3:15pm ET F2548 Frame Carriers Committee Meeting There is no Soft Carrier meeting scheduled right now. If you are an ASTM member, you should have received call in details via email. The call in numbers are below for those who wish to join by phone. Join by phone 1-408-792-6300 Call-in toll number (US/Canada) 1-877-668-4490 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada) Global call-in numbers  |  Toll-free calling restrictions  

Healthcare Practitioner Membership
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The community has spoken and we’re listening! The BCIA has created a new affordable membership level for Healthcare Practitioners whose work involves, or is baby carrier adjacent. This includes, but is not limited to: Doulas (birth and post-partum) and other birth workersMidwives, OBGYNs, pediatricians, NICU staffPublic Health Lactation consultants Chiropractors, occupational and physiotherapistsAcademics/research Joining the BCIA allows you to plug into the conversation about current education, research, resources, and industry best practices. Network with manufacturers, educators and retailers in the … Read More

How To: Padded Products Registration
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We sat down with Maggie Terry, president of Legal Label Inc., to get clarification on the law label requirements for padded and upholstered products in the USA and Canada and we’re sharing that information here. A “law label” is a label that must be attached to products that have covered padding- including soft structured or otherwise padded baby carriers. This label outlines what the internal stuffing or padding is made of, where the product is produced, and the ‘URN’ or … Read More

Weaver’s Workshop Write-up
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We hosted our first Weaver’s Workshop, an hour long presentation and Q&A session geared towards artisan and handweaver manufacturers. Our aim was to cover the basic compliance requirements for the US, Canada and European markets, including testing requirements, costs, maximizing fiber/product offerings, and things to consider when deciding to move from hobbyist to business. The slide deck from the workshop is below, and a summary of the excellent questions from our participants is below. Missed this workshop? We are aiming … Read More

Weaver’s Workshop
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021: 12:00-1:00pm Eastern/9:00-10:00am Pacific Are you an artisan handweaver who is selling -or considering selling- wraps, slings and carriers? Please join the BCIA for an informal discussion around: -compliance and regulatory requirements in the USA and Canada (we will also lightly touch on Europe as time permits) -testing costs and expectations -making the most of your options for customers while minimizing testing costs -decorative finishes and accessories (ladders, fringe, beading)- assessing risks and other factors to consider … Read More

How To: Annual Compliance Review
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January is a terrific time to do a scheduled compliance and process review. A few things to ask yourself as you work through this process: -Has the safety standard that applies to your product been updated recently? The ASTM F2907 Sling Standard was updated at the end of 2019. -Is your testing plan and testing schedule laid out for the upcoming year? Do you know when your own test records or any component test reports expire? -Are you planning any … Read More

2021 Industry Roundtable Schedule
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Industry Roundtable Discussions are informal conference call chats that allow industry members to network, discuss and brainstorm on a variety of topics. They are usually held monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12-1pm Eastern time. Industry calls are facilitated by Angelique Geehan, an expert consultant and educator in a number of fields of expertise. Please call in and join us! Open to all. *if any participant has questions or thoughts arising during a roundtable that they would … Read More

2020 Annual General Meeting wrap-up
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If you missed this year’s virtual AGM, never fear, we recorded it for you! And if you, like many of us, simply cannot sit through another zoom call right now, here’s the abridged written version. Our Board of Directors: We did reduce our board size by 1 member this year, and elected to maintain a smaller BoD rather than add in new members at this time. If you are interested in joining our board in the future, please get in … Read More

2019-2020 Annual Report
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The 2019-2020 Annual Reports has just been released for your perusal. A heartfelt thank you to our members who have stuck with us through a challenging year for all! BCIA Annual Report 2019-2020

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey
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Thank you to those who took the time to complete our short COVID19 Impact Survey. The results are compiled and available for those who would like to see them. Data points of note from 25 respondents: 45% of our surveyors said that their supply chain has been affected by COVID. 50% said that consulting and outreach efforts were affected. 50% of respondents said that there has been little change to their businesses, or it’s been business as usual. On the … Read More

How To: Injury Lawsuits
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It has come to recent attention that a legal firm may be looking for a connection between baby carriers and hip dysplasia in order to build a class action lawsuit. While this seems like a farfetched claim, and there is no known medical link between carrier use and hip dysplasia, there is no way of knowing what the outcome would be of an attempted lawsuit. The BCIA has put together this short informational guide so companies can be prepared ahead … Read More

2020 Industry Survey
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The BCIA is collecting current state of the industry information via 2 surveys right now. Both surveys are anonymous and the data will be compiled into a report that will be made available to you for your information and business needs. The first is a very short COVID-19 Business Impact Survey that should only take 2-3 minutes to complete. The second survey is the 2020 BCIA Industry Survey which is an overarching state of the market survey. It should take … Read More

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