Latest Regulatory Updates
New standard ASTM F963-17 has been published.
ASTM F963-17, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, was released by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) on August 24, which is a revision to the ASTM F963-16 version.
According to the CPSIA, the revised standard will be effective in 180 days after formal notification, unless it is rejected within 90 days by CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
The significant change is for the requirement for projectile toys:
The Kinetic Energy Density (KED)requirements in Section 126.96.36.199 and Section 188.8.131.52 are only applicable to projectile toys with stored energy that have a kinetic energy greater than 0.08 J.
Other major changes are summarized as below:
New version of the standard can be purchased.
Exemption of Certain Plastics from CPSIA Phthalate Testing
On August 30, 2017 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published final Rule 16 CFR part 1308 in the Federal Register.
“Prohibition of Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates: Determinations Regarding Certain Plastics”
This rule about phthalate prohibition in Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles exempts seven plastics from third party testing for compliance with Section 108 of CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008) (Sec. 108.Prohibition on sale of certain products containing specified phthalates). This rule is effective on September 29, 2017.
The following plastics with specific additives (as described in 16 CFR 1308) are not required to be third party tested for demonstrating phthalates prohibition compliance:
DiBP in toys
The EU Toy Safety Directive (TSD)(2009/48/EC) strictly prohibits the use of substances that are classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) of categories 1A, 1B or 2 in toys.
Di-isobutyl phthalate (DIBP) – CAS No 84-69-5 is a plasticizer classified as toxic for reproduction category 1B or 2 (depending on the Specific Concentration Limits) under the current CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 in force:
Intention to review Chromium VI limit in toys
At the beginning of September, the European Commission notified a draft proposal to modify EU Toy Safety Directive to the World Trade Organization (WTO) (ref. G/TBT/N/EU/504)
Draft Commission Directive amending, for the purpose of adaptation to technical and scientific developments, point 13 of part III of Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the safety of toys, as regards chromium VI
With this, the European Commission intends to revise the current migration limit for chromium VI in scraped off toy materials, in order to take the latest scientific evidence into account and increase children's safety.
In this draft text, the entry for chromium VI in point 13 of Part III of Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC is replaced by the following entry:
Final date for comments: 2017 November 05.
Click here to access the draft text.
Updated list of Standards under General Product Safety Directive (GPSD)
On August 11th, 2017 the Official Journal of the European Union published the updated list of titles and references of European standards under Directive 2001/95/EC (GPSD- General Product Safety Directive), including, within others, childcare related standards.
Click here to access the Official Journal of the European Union.