On October 29, 2018, UL representatives joined the ASTM Subcommittee meeting F15.22 on Toy Safety. During the meeting, potential additions to the 2018 version of ASTM F963 “Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety” were discussed. During the Subcommittee meeting, the discussion was mainly related to four areas of improvement:
- Acoustics requirements for push and pull toys: in an effort to address a concern raised during the 2017 edition of ASTM F963 by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and for which the CPSC has issued an enforcement discretion for through December 31, 2018.
- Expanding materials requirements: to include products that were not foreseen to be relevant at the time the standard was originally written but appear to pose similar concerns now.
- Tolerance levels for the expanding materials gauge: to amend an error present in the current version of the standard.
- Phthalates: to align the standard with the CPSC’s final rule on phthalates.
Voting for these additions ends on December 12th, 2018 so members of the subcommittee and members of the main F15 committee on Consumer Products are urged to vote as soon as possible. A virtual meeting will take place after the balloting to address any potential negatives to these changes.