U.S. CPSC Revises Toy Safety Standard

The U.S. Consumer Products Commission approved the revised standard for toy safety in the U.S., revised through ASTM International. Manufacturers, importers, and retailers use the standard to design and sell products that comply with laws such as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Act and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). Regulatory bodies and testing laboratories use the standard for toy certification and other purposes. Additional clarifications to the standard are in process and will be issued in upcoming versions. [Read more...]

U.S.-Canadian Steering Committee to Consider Unified Toy Standards

Toy_Industry_Association_Inc_logoAs reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), U.S. and Canadian regulators, standards development organizations, and toy industry representatives held discussions in Ottawa, Canada, on January 7 to discuss the possibility of unified U.S.-Canadian toy safety standards that would be acceptable for both countries to use in regulating toys. [Read more...]

ISO Meetings Explore Toy Safety Guidelines

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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee on Toy Safety recently held meetings to discuss the development of global age determination guidelines for toys, based largely on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s guidelines from 2002. The meetings, which were held in Tokyo, also discussed magnets, cords, impaction, phthalates, total concentration of certain elements, and the alignment of toy standards.

Technical experts from the U.S.—including representatives from toy manufacturers and importers, testing labs, and the Toy Industry Association (TIA)—and industry and product safety agencies from more than a dozen countries also attended the discussions.

ASTM International held its third annual meeting with ISO to share information and work for further alignment. Issues such as battery and magnet ingestion were discussed. A detailed report from the U.S delegation will be available for viewing on the TIA Website upon completion.

Meetings Explore Toy Safety Standards in the EU and U.S.

Representatives from the European Commission, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, ASTM International, and the private sector gathered in Washington, D.C., to hold discussions on toy safety legislation and standards in the EU and the U.S.

Speakers briefed Congressional staff regarding the contrasting regulatory frameworks and standards development practices in the EU and U.S. Participants learned more about the differences and similarities in toy regulations and standards in the U.S. and EU; the impact of differing and overlapping standards on transatlantic trade and safety; and the possibilities for standards alignment and/or mutual recognition of conformity.

CPSC will also host the third United States-European Union-China Trilateral Consumer Product Safety Summit at its headquarters in Bethesda, Md. Officials from the EC and China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine will be in attendance at the summit, which will focus on how the three agencies can advance product safety via coordinated surveillance throughout the manufacturing and distribution chains.  Government-only meetings will take place prior to the public session, which will be held June 29.

This post was originally written by Loren Moreno and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Revisions Made to Key Parts of ASTM F963

The ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products has approved revisions to ASTM F963 (Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety). 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.

ASTM F963, under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F15.22 on Toy Safety, includes guidelines and test methods to prevent injuries from choking, sharp edges, and other potential hazards. The standard is reviewed and updated on a regular basis by the subcommittee, which includes technical experts from academia, consumer groups, industry, and government.

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ASTM International Develops New Standard for Lead Testing

ASTM International has developed a new standard that the organization says will help quickly detect and quantify lead concentration in toys and other children’s products. The new standard, F2853, was developed by subcommittee F40.01 (Test Methods) as a part of ASTM International’s committee F40 on declarable substances in materials.

ASTM F2853 uses the energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy technique and the test described in the standard enables lead quantification separately for the substrate and paint level in a 5-minute measurement cycle. ASTM International is also inviting all interested parties to join the task group responsible for F2853 as it considers future revisions to the standard.