The revised ISO standard 8124-1 was published in March 2018. The revision aims to align with European EN 71 and USA ASTM F963 changes.

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The International Standards Organization (ISO) published an updated version of ISO 8124-1 “Safety of toys -- Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties”. The updated standard, ISO 8124-1:2018, includes updates to several areas including:



    • Modification of the following definitions: cords, elastic, fixed loop, tangled loop, noose, electrical cable, cord with the potential to tangle, large and bulky toy, paper, pompom, A-weighted equivalent sound pressure level, maximum A-weighted equivalent sound pressure level, pull or push toy.

    • Addition of the following definitions: paperboard and steady state sound

    • Deletion of the following definitions: steady state sound and impulsive sound

Exemptions reasonably foreseeable abuse testing:

  • Exemption of paperboard and fibrous filling material from foreseeable abuse testing


  • Clarification of warning requirements for toys for children 36 months and over but under 72 months


  • Modification of energy density requirements.


  • Revision of cord requirements and methods to align with EN 71-1.

  • Addition of yo-yo balls, straps, sledges and toboggans requirements


  • Modified c-weighted requirements for close-to-the-ear toys

  • Reformatted for clarity, but no alignment with EN 71-1 regarding child activated toys

Large and bulky toys

  • Modified tip over test and definition

ISO 8124-1:2018 specifies requirements and test methods for toys intended for use by children up to 14 years of age. Several countries including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa and Vietnam accept ISO 8124 to show compliance to toy safety. The United States and EU have their own mandatory standards, ASTM F963 and EN 71, respectively.

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