ISO Safety Meetings Explore Alignment Opportunities with U.S. Toy Safety Standards

2 November 2015

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee on Toy Safety (ISO TC 181) held meetings in Beijing, China in October to discuss alignment opportunities and revisions to ISO 8124, the international toy standard that is used as a model by many countries around the world.

Representatives of industry, consumer organizations, and global product safety agencies from 16 countries discussed test methods and ways to improve safety requirements for cords, phthalate esters, fibrous fillings, acoustics, and a number of other subjects pertaining to toys. The productive discussions will result in several draft revisions that are expected to be finalized in 2016.

The Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs, attended the meetings as part of a U.S. delegation that included representatives from toy manufacturers, importers and testing labs.

“TIA annually participates in the ISO meetings to advocate for changes to the international toy standard that promote child safety and are compatible with requirements in the U.S. and other jurisdictions,” said Kaufman. “We are pleased to report that progress was made to align ISO 8124 sections on mechanical/physical requirements and projectiles with U.S. and European toy safety standards, ASTM F963 and EN71-1, respectively. These revisions will ultimately result in safer products for children around the world.”

TIA will keep members apprised once updates to the ISO toy safety standard are finalized.

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