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.