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ASTM International published a revised version of the US Toy Standard ASTM F963-16, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety on 20 October 2016.  This new standard contains substantial changes to the 2011 version, including requirements for toy chests as well new requirements to increase safety and to address new types of toys and hazards.  It is now more aligned to mechanical and physical properties in EN 71-1 and ISO 8124-1.

On February 2, 2017, the CPSC published a direct final rule in the Federal Register to mandate ASTM F963-2016 as a consumer product safety standard to toys.  Unless significant adverse comments are received by March 6, 2017, this rule will become effective on April 30, 2017.

Major changes to the ASTM F963 toy standard include:
clause #
changes details
4.38 & 8.25        Magnets
  1. Changed to align requirements with ISO 8124 and EN71
  2. Added:
  • Soaking test and compression test
  • Gauss meter accuracy specs
  • Metal discs specified
  • Other misc changes
4.21 & 8.14 Projectiles
  1. Changed to align with ISO 8124 and EN71
  2. Allowable projectile KED is now 2,500 J/m2
  3. Added 57mm length requirement for suction cup projectiles
  4. Additional mouth-actuated projectile toy requirements
  5. Foam dart and suction cup requirements
  6. Use of gauge for leading edge radius measurements of rigid projectiles
  7. Other miscellaneous editorial change
4.41 & 8.27 Requirements for Toy Chests were included in the F963 toy standard and the separate ASTM F834 Toy Chest standard was discontinued
8.4  Microbiological safety 
  1. Requirements clarified and defined
  2. Alternative methods such as CTFA allowed
  3. Stuffing cleanliness: test method simplified
4.3.5  Heavy Elements 
  1. Clarified requirements for heavy metals in textiles and stickers
  2. Clarified that metal extraction test is only required if total Cadmium content is 75 ppm or greater
  3. Addition of HD-XRF for total screen for homogenous polymers 
4.5  Acoustics 
  1. Revised to align more closely with EN71 and ISO 8124
  2. Added definition for push / pull toys 
4.14  Cords and Elastics 
  1. Editorial changes to clarify requirements 
4.3.7 & 8.29  Stuffing Material requirements 
  1. State requirements have been removed and changed the test method
  2. Evaluation revised to include the use of a stereo wide field microscope 
5, 6 & 7 Labeling 
  1. Added Button or Coin Cell Batteries labeling requirements
  2. Magnets labeling has been revised
  3. Battery Operated Toy instructional labeling was slightly revised
  4. Toy Chest instructional labeling was added
  5. Toy Chest producer’s markings was added 
Miscellaneous changes
  1. Strap exemption for ride-on toys
  2. Curb impact for ride-on toys
  3. Further clarify overload and stability requirements for ride-on toys
  4. Clarify non-powered scooters are excluded from scope and are covered by ASTM F2264
  5. Requirements for expanding materials


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