Revision to the US Toy Standard Published as ASTM F963-17
SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 142/17
ASTM F963 has been revised to include editorial changes and clarify requirements for Kinetic Energy Density.
The main reason for the revision was to clarify that the new Kinetic Energy Density (KED) is only applicable to projectile toys and arrows that have a kinetic energy greater than 0,08J. This in order not to impose unnecessary testing. The requirements for KED are to be found is section 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199.
Other changes made have been more editorial and/or for clarification.
Some examples of these changes are:
The word “must” was changed in “shall” to emphasize the mandatory status of the standard
A listing of microbiological standards has been added to the referenced documents in sec. 2
Clarifying that eye shadow or lip gloss intended to be applied on a doll’s face is not subject to FDCA labelling requirements
The definition of “driving mechanism” was deleted as it is no longer used in the standard
Setting only one condition to define a low power circuit by deleting the condition not to exceed 15W at the end of 5 minutes.
Rewording charging and discharging conditions for batteries in 188.8.131.52
Several other editorial changes
The ASTM F963-17 is a revision of ASTM F963-16. The ASTM F963-16 version became mandatory on 30 April 2017. ASTM officially notified CPSC on Friday, September 1, that a revised ASTM F963 was published as ASTM F963-17. CPSC now has 90 days to accept or reject this revised standard. ASTM F963-17 standard will then become a mandatory requirement after 90 days from when the Commission accepts this revised standard.
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