On December 15, 2011, ASTM officially proposed revisions to the existing standard for Commission consideration, by submitting ASTM F963-11, Standard Consumer Safety Specifications for Toy Safety. ASTM proposes replacing ATM F963-08 with the revised ASTM F963-11 version. ASTM F963 has become effective on June 12, 2012.

Major changes of this 2011 edition include the revised limits of lead in substrates according to the latest requirements of the CPSIA. Similar to the EN 71-3 and ISO 8124-3, new soluble heavy elements requirement were added for accessible toy substrate materials except metal, glass and ceramic if they are not small parts, and materials listed in the current or future revision of 16 CFR 1500.88 or 1500.91 as exempt from testing and certification requirements. In addition, metallic toys or toy components which are small parts shall not exceed 200 µg of soluble cadmium when tested according to the new CPSC test method CPSC-CH-E1004-11.

Toy materials may be considered to conform to the soluble content requirements if the total contents of all eight elements are below the soluble limits for each element, without further testing.

Material

Total limit

Soluble limit (ppm)

Favorable Price(RMB)

Lead (Pb)

Sb

As

Ba

Cd

Cr

Pb

Hg

Se

400/total contents of all eight elements

(100/ content of one element)

Paint and surface coating

90 ppm

60

25

1000

75

60

90

60

500

Metallic toys and toy parts*

100 ppm

60

25

1000

75

200µg

60

90

60

500

Other materials*

100 ppm

60

25

1000

75

60

90

60

500

Modeling clays#

100 ppm

60

25

250

50

25

90

25

500

 

Remark:

1. *Excluding metal, glass and ceramic that are not small parts, and materials exempt from the testing and certification requirements in 16 CFR 1500.88 & 1500.91.

2. #Unless included in a toy, modeling clays are not covered in the heavy elements requirements but subject to LHAMA.

3. Composite testing of up to three like materials, e. g. three different colors of same plastic material is allowed for total element screening, but not for soluble element testing.

4. New safety requirements and technical guidance for bath toy projections, acoustics and other potential safety hazards in toys have also been added. Other changes are made to the sections on jaw entrapment; toys with spherical ends; stability of ride on toys; requirements for squeeze toys attached to rings; use of cords, straps and elastics; packaging film; and yo-yo tether balls.

 

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