On 2 February 2017, CPSC (The Commission) published the direct final rule1 in Federal Register allowing ASTM F963-16, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, to become mandatory toy standard. It will be effective from 30 April 2017. ASTM F963-162 was officially released in October 2016. The revisions include new requirements, new test methods, and several clarifications to safety provisions and test methods.
ASTM F963 was developed originally as a voluntary standard for toys intended for use by children under 14 years of age, and firstly published in 1976. Beginning on 10 February 2009, the CPSC mandated ASTM F963–07e1 as mandatory consumer product safety standard under Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
The Commission will require third party testing for 37 sections of ASTM F963–16, including the same 35 sections that required third party testing for ASTM F963–11, plus two new sections. The new sections are Section 4.40 for Expanding Materials and Section 4.41 for Toy Chests. Test laboratories that are currently CPSC-accepted to ASTM F963–11 are instructed to update their accreditation scope to include ASTM F963–16 sections as soon as possible, and submit their application for CPSC acceptance within 2 years. From 4 February 2019, the CPSC will no longer accept laboratory applications that reference sections of ‘‘ASTM F963– 11’’.