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.
The 2016 update includes:
- new requirements to the already extensive section on battery safety;
- soaking and compression tests for magnets;
- changes to requirements for toys involving projectiles;
- new requirements for materials and toys that could expand if accidentally swallowed;
- new requirements and clarifications related to microbiological safety;
- clarifications to requirements related to heavy elements in the substrate materials of toys and the addition of an optional, alternate test method for total screen testing;
- a new curb impact requirement, a clarification of overload and stability requirements, and a strap exemption for ride-on toys;
- clarification of requirements and supplemental guidance for impact hazards; and more.