On 4 December 2017, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published Direct Final Rule1 mandating the ASTM F963-17 with exception of section 126.96.36.199 (5), and updating the notice of requirement (NOR) on the criteria and acceptance of accreditation of third party conformity assessment bodies2 for testing. The rule and NOR will become effective from 28 February 2018.
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) notified CPSC the approval of the revision of the toy standard F963 in September this year. The Commission reviewed the difference between the two versions. In November, CSPC voted to allow the 2017 version becoming the CPSC mandatory toy standard with one exception.
Compared to the previous version, ASTM F963-173 corrects various grammatical and editorial errors. It is also noticeable that an additional sentence was added in the standard to the sound producing toys test method in section 188.8.131.52 (5). This added sentence functionally exempts pull or push toys from A-weighted maximum sound pressure level (LAFmax) requirement. Since this item was not balloted and reviewed by CPSC staff before published in ASTM F963-17, CPSC considered the changes related to sound producing toy would not improve the safety of toys and should not be allowed to become part of the mandatory toy standard. Instead of complying section 184.108.40.206 (5) of the ASTM F963-17, the rule provides requirements in 16 CFR 1250.2 (c) for compliance to such toys.
In addition, the rule updated the current notice of requirement (NOR) adopting ASTM F963-17 to be the CPSC acceptance test method for toy testing. The Commission automatically accepts laboratories testing ASTM F963-17 that have been CPSC-accepted to ASTM F963-16. For laboratories that are CPSC-accepted to ASTM F963-11 or ASTM F963–07e1 for toy chest, the CPSC will only temporarily accept their ASTM F963-17 testing results until 4 February 2019.