ASTM Toy Safety Standard F963-11 in Effect as of June 12, 2012

12 June 2012

ASTM F963-11, Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety became effective under U.S. federal law on 12 June 2012, replacing the 2008 version of the standard. The current edition was approved by ASTM in December 2011 and unanimously approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Commissioners in February.

Changes made to the standard include revisions to the section on heavy metals, the introduction of compositing procedures, and new safety requirements and technical guidance for bath toy projections, acoustics and other potential safety hazards in toys. [Learn more about the revisions]

Testing to the new standard will be required once CPSC issues final rulemaking regarding testing and certification later this year.

“While testing to the 2008 version of the standard is still required, toy manufacturers are encouraged to begin using the new edition of the standard as they bring new products to market,” says Joan Lawrence, chairman of Subcommittee F15.22 on Toy Safety (which oversees the standard) and vice president of standards and government affairs for the North American Toy Industry Association (TIA).

As part of the landmark Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, the U.S. Congress endorsed both the F963 standard and the process under which it is developed and continually reviewed and revised. The standard includes guidelines and test methods to prevent injuries from choking, sharp edges and other potential hazards, and is reviewed and updated on a regular basis by Subcommittee F15.22, which includes technical experts from academia, consumer groups, industry and government.

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