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US Toy standard F963-16

lead limits for toysOn 20th October 2016, American Society for Testing and Materials published an updated US Toy standard ASTM F963-16 related to toys and juvenile products. The standard will become mandatory in 180 days after publication, unless there won’t be any objection from Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) within 90 days.

Updates ASTM F963-16

The standard contains several significant changes to the existing US Toy standard. The revision summary can be downloaded here. Briefly, an updated ASTM F963-16 standard has the following changes:

  • Addresses ride-on toys with: a new curb impact requirement, a clarification of overload and stability requirements, and a strap exemption;

Adds:

  • new labeling requirements for toys that have certain small coin/button batteries;
  • temperature and current-limiting requirements for lithium-ion batteries;
  • new requirements for materials and toys that could expand if accidentally swallowed.

Includes:

  • new soaking and compression tests for magnets;
  • new requirements and clarifications related to microbiological safety;
  • clarifications to heavy elements requirements for toy substrate materials;
  • revised requirements for toys involving projectiles;
  • clarification of requirements and supplemental guidance for impact hazards.

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