ConsumerMail 13 - CPSC approves ASTM F963-17 as a Mandatory Toy Safety Standard and ALS exhibits at the UK Spring Fair 2018

ConsumerMail 13 - CPSC approves ASTM F963-17 as a Mandatory Toy Safety Standard and ALS exhibits at the UK Spring Fair 2018

Posted 18 December 2017
In this issue, we look at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) who has issued a final rule to establish ASTM F963-17 as the mandatory Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, and ALS will be exhibiting at the UK Spring Fair 2018.

US: CPSC Approves ASTM F963-17 as a Mandatory Toy Safety Standard

On 4 December 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a final rule to establish ASTM F963-17 as the mandatory Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. The rule is at 16 CFR part 1250 and incorporates by reference ASTM F963-17. The new rule will be effective on 28 February 2018 and applies to all toys manufactured on or after that date.

The changes from ASTM F963-16 to ASTM F963-17 are summarized as below:

  • Scope: Minor editorial changes of the word “must” to “shall”.
  • Referenced documents: Nine new references were added that were mostly related to microbiological guidelines.
  • Terminology: The definition of “Driving Mechanism” was removed and the definition of “Cosmetics” was clarified that cosmetics intended to be applied to toys are not subject to the Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act (FDCA) labelling requirements.
  • Safety Requirements: One substantive clarification was made to section 4.21.2, Projectiles Toys with Stored Energy; one non-substantive clarification was made to section 4.21.3, Projectiles Toys without Stored Energy; and one clarification was made to section 4.21.3, Projectiles Toys without Stored Energy. One of the three clarifications (section 4.21.2) had been balloted and approved by the ASTM F15 Committee for Consumer Products for inclusion in the 2016 version, but the wording in section 4.21.2.3 was inadvertently omitted in the test method associated with kinetic energy (KE) of stored energy projectiles in the ASTM F963-16 revision.
  • Labeling Requirement: Minor editorial changes only.
  • Instructional Literature: Minor editorial changes only.
  • Test Methods: An additional sentence was added to the sound-producing toys test method in Section 8.20.1.5(5). This sentence functionally exempts pull/push toys from the A-weighted maximum sound pressure level (LAFmax) requirement. The Commission is not including this language in the mandatory standard.
  • Annex: The rationale was added addressing the new language in 4.21.2.3 for projectiles with stored energy.
Example of a plastic toy affected

ALS exhibits in UK Spring Fair 2018

Spring Fair is the UK’s No.1 trade show for gift and home products. Encompassing 14 show sectors, Spring Fair is a perfect platform to connect with quality international buyers and service providers to understand the product trends and insights for 2018.

Consumer Product testing, inspection and audit experts from within ALS will exhibit at this important fair. This will provide an opportunity for us to meet up with clients, and offer quality assurance support to enhance their product compliance.

This fair attracts more than 2,500 exhibitors from the UK and other markets.  Below are the fair details for your quick reference. 

Fair Dates: 

3-8 February 2018 (Saturday - Thursday) 

Venue:

National Exhibition Center, Birmingham
Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT, UK

Opening Hours:

FAIR DATES   OPENING HOURS
3 February (Sat)
Only Volume sector opens
  10:00 - 17:00
4-7 February (Sun - Wed)
ALS will exhibit from 4 Feb
  09:00 - 18:00
8 February (Thur)   09:00 - 16:00

 

The ALS booth can be found in Hall 6Q61.   It will be our great pleasure to meet with you in the coming fair and discuss your quality needs on testing, inspection as well as factory audit.

We look forward to seeing you soon and we take this chance to wish you all a Merry Christmas and prosperous year of 2018! 

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