9 March 2012
U.S. CPSC Approves ASTM F963-11 Revised Toy Safety Standard
On 15 December 2011, the ASTM published and released the official ASTM F963-11 revision of the Standard Consumer Safety Specifications for Toy Safety. The ASTM simultaneously submitted the revised version to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) with the proposal to replace ASTM F963 -08 with the ASTM F963-11 version.
Under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) Section 106 rules, the CPSC had 90 days to review and approve the revised standard and on 15 February 2012, the CPSC unanimously approved the updated ASTM F963-11. This approval was published in the U.S. Federal Register on 22 February, 2012.
This approval signifies that the CPSC has determined that all the proposed revisions included in the ASTM F963-11 serve to improve and enhance the safety of toys and certain other children’s products covered by the standard.
Following the Commission’s approval and after an additional specified 90 day period, the revised ASTM F963-11 will become effective as a mandatory toy safety standard, for products manufactured on or after June 12, 2012.
It must also be noted that the CPSC continues to defer to section 4.27 in the ASTM F963-07e1 version of the standard for toy chest requirements because these have not been reincorporated into ASTM F963-11.
Additional details of the changes included in ASTM F963 -11 can be found in SGS SafeGuards 221/11 of December 2011.