US CPSC Issues DFR to Mandate ASTM F963-2017 as Safety Standard for Toys

The US CPSC has published a DFR to mandate the latest version of ASTM F963 as the consumer safety standard for toys.

Online PR News – 15-December-2017 – Geneva, Switzerland – The United States’ Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a Direct Final Rule (DFR) mandating ASTM F963-2017 as the consumer safety standard for toys. Unless adverse comments are received concerning ASTM F963-2017, the new standard is set to become effective on February 28, 2018.

Issued on December 4, 2017, in the Federal Register (82 FR 57119) accepts ASTM F963-2017 but with one exception. The CPSC felt the language in section in effect exempted pull/push toys from the A-weighted maximum sound pressure level (LAFmax ) requirements, which would decrease safety by allowing toys that produce sound levels that exceed noise exposure limits set by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

The DFR updates the existing notice of requirements (NOR) for the acceptance of accredited third-party conformity assessment bodies for testing to ASTM F963. To allow a swift practical transition from ASTM F963-2016 to ASTM F963-2017, the CPSC has accepted the following to permit testing, certification and laboratory accreditation:

• CPSC-accepted laboratories with acceptance for ASTM F963-2016 automatically gain acceptance to ASTM F963-2017. Laboratories accredited to ASTM F963-2011 can update to cover the scope of either ASTM F963-16 or ASTM F963-17
• Maintain the interim allowance for laboratories accredited to ASTM F963-11 to test for ASTM F963-16 and ASTM F963-17

ASTM F963 was first mandated in February 2009, following the signing into law of the ‘Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008’ (CPSIA). This act required the adoption of ASTM F963-2007e1 as the consumer safety standard for toys. Since then, it has been revised four times – 2008, 2011, 2016 and 2017. These changes have included editorial changes and substantive changes to provisions relating to projectiles and sound-producing toys.

The DFR is now open to comments until January 3, 2018. If no adverse comments are received, the DFR will become effective on February 28, 2018, and stakeholders are now advised to check their products conform to the latest version of ASTM F963.

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