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ASTM F963-16 is Accepted as Mandatory Toy Safety Standard

02-20-2017 02:53 PM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

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ASTM F963-16 is Accepted as Mandatory Toy Safety Standard

On February 2, 2017, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register authorizing ASTM F963-16 as the consumer product safety standard for toys.

ASTM F963-16, issued in October 2016 by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), contains several important changes from previous versions of the standard. These include changes relating to:

• Magnets
• Projectiles
• Toy Chests
• Batteries
• Microbiological Safety
• Heavy Elements, such as heavy metals in textiles and stickers
• Acoustics
• Cords and Elastics
• Stuffing Materials
• Labeling
• Plus a number of miscellaneous changes to individual items, such as ride-on-toys.

The new version of the standard is more closely aligned to the mechanical and physical properties in EN 71-1 and ISO 8124-1.

ASTM F963-071 has been the mandatory consumer product safety standard since February 2009. This follows the signing into law of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) in August 2008. Before the publishing of ASTM F963-16, there have been two revisions to ASTM F963-071, in 2008 and 2011.

ASTM notified the CPSC that they had published ASTM F963-16 on November 1, 2016. Unless the standard is rejected by the CPSC within 90 days, the new standard will automatically become effective 180 days after this date.

Test laboratories are given a maximum period of two years to update their scope of accreditation to include ASTM F963-16 and become accepted by the CPSC. During this period, test laboratories that are CPSC-accepted to ASTM F963-11 will be able to carry out ASTM F963-16 testing.

The new standard will become effective on April 30, 2017, unless significant adverse comments are received by the CPSC before March 6, 2017.

SGS CPSIA Services
The US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is wide reaching and includes the mandatory toy safety regulation ASTM F963. SGS create tailormade programs for every client, based on their needs and the safety rules they need to adhere to. We can help with CPSIA strategy, to help with product testing and compliance, and training packages, to ensure all staff, contractors and suppliers in the supply chain are aware of best practice in CPSIA compliance. Learn more about SGS’s CPSIA Services (www.sgs.com/en/consumer-goods-retail/toys-and-juvenile-products/toys/cpsia)

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full US CPSC Accepts ASTM F963-2016 as Mandatory Toy Safety Standard SafeGuardS. (www.sgs.com/en/news/2017/02/safeguards-02017-us-cpsc-accepts-astm-f963-2016-as-mandatory-toy-safety-standard)

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For further information contact:

Hing Wo Tsang
Global Hardlines Information and Innovation Manager
Tel:(+852) 2774 7420
Email: cts.media@sgs.com
Website: www.sgs.com/hardlines

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