CPSC Seeks Comments on Draft Age Determination Guidelines for Toys
CPSC has drafted a revision of its toys age determination guidelines. The current 2002 version is updated to include new toy types. The comment period ends on July 31, 2018.
SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 086/18
Age determination is a key factor for toys. Children not only develop over a short period of time; their abilities also largely determine what may or may not be hazardous for children.
In order to support manufacturers in correct age determination, US CPSC had engaged to draft guidelines on correct age determination.
The current version was elaborated in 2002.
There was a need to revise the 2002 guidelines mainly because since 2002 many new types of toys have been introduced into the market. In addition, consumers’ purchasing behaviour and children’s access to toys have changed. The guidance is based on research and actual observation of children’s play.
The 2002 version is based on 7 topics:
(1) Exploratory and Practice Play, (2) Building Play, (3) Pretend & Role Play, (4) Game & Activity Play, (5) Sports, Recreational, & Outdoor Play, (6) Media Play, and (7) Educational & Academic Play
An additional topic on Technology Play has now been introduced to reflect the growing importance of smart electronic toys. Especially the percentage of children using mobile phones and tablets has rapidly grown.
The CPSC age determination guidelines has also been used to develop the global toy guidelines ISO/TR 8124-8:2016.
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