History and Importance of ASTM F963-11 in Consumer Product Testing
Section 106 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 requires toy safety testing which is the “Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety”. This requirement applies to all products that are imported into and manufactured in the United States and that are intended for children 12 years of age and younger. ASTM F963-11 has several sections which address the mechanical hazards testing of toys along with the analysis of toxic elements. A large portion of the toy safety testing requires simulated use and misuse of a toy as though the child is playing with it to determine if any hazards present themselves. Other sections address the presence of chemicals in toys such as lead and other heavy metals. The applicable testing is determined based on the toy’s design and age grade.
ASTM F963-11 Areas of Certification & Testing
Key areas of testing and certification to ASTM F963-11 include the following, but are not limited to: