Quality and Safety
Under new federal legislation that takes effect today, all toys sold in the United States must meet the safety requirements of ASTM F963, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety.
The ASTM F963 standard incorporates relevant safety measures already required under federal law and includes additional guidelines and test methods to prevent injuries from choking, sharp edges and other potential hazards.
In addition to federalizing the ASTM toy safety standard, the CPSIA includes additional requirements for toys as well as other children’s products and sets strict limits on lead and phthalates. For more information about the CPSIA and compliance with this new law, visit the CPSC Web site, www.cpsc.gov. To learn more about how ASTM International’s standards support consumer safety, visit www.astm.org.
EN71 is a set of European Product Safety standard that applies to all toys sold in the European Union.
EN 71, which is also a part of the CE directive, has been put in place to ensure that all toys sold in the EU meet certain minimum safety standards on the following factors:
- Flame retardance
- Chemical composition
- Electrical Safety