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    ASTM F963, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety


    • Effective Feb. 10, 2009, all toys in the United States must meet the safety requirements of ASTM F963, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety.
    • The ASTM International standard is cited in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), which makes F963 a mandatory requirement for toys while the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) studies the effectiveness of the standard and issues final consumer guidelines for toy safety.
    • ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products regularly reviews and updates F963 to ensure that its technical guidance is up to date and to keep up with emerging hazards. Committee F15 is comprised of a dedicated group from academia, consumers, industry and government.
    • ASTM F963 includes guidelines and test methods to prevent injuries from choking, sharp edges, toxins, pinching, and other potential hazards.
    • The latest approved revision to the toy safety standard, F963-11, is now available for purchase from ASTM International.
    • Revisions made in F963-11 include sections on ingestion of magnetic components; acoustics; yo yo tether toys; impaction hazards and flammability.
    • Other revised areas reflected in F963-11 include sections on jaw entrapment; packaging film/age requirements as they pertain to use and abuse testing; and folding mechanisms and hinges.
    • ASTM International standards are available for purchase from Customer Service (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org) or online.
    • For further technical information on ASTM F963, contact Joan Lawrence, Toy Industry Association, New York, N.Y. (Phone: 646-520-4844).
    • ASTM International’s open consensus process and advanced Internet-based tools ensure worldwide access for all individuals interested in participating in the standards development process. For more information about Committee F15 and becoming an ASTM member, contact Leonard Morrissey, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9719).