The American Toy Standard ASTM F963-23 was released on October 13, 2023

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The American Toy Standard ASTM F963-23 was released on October 13, 2023

On October 13, 2023, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) released the toy safety standard ASTM F963-23. The new standard mainly revised the accessibility of sound toys, batteries, physical properties and technical requirements of expansion materials and catapult toys, clarified and adjusted the control requirements of phthalates, exempted toy substrate metals, and added requirements for traceability labels and instructions to maintain consistency with federal regulations and the policies of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in the United States.

1. Definition or terminology
Added definitions for "common household tool" and "removable component", and removed definitions for "tool". Added a brief discussion on "close to the ear toy" and "hand held toy" to make the definitions clearer. Revised the definition of "tabletop, floor, or crib toy" and added discussion to further clarify the scope of this type of toy.
2. Safety requirements for metal elements in toy substrates
Added Note 4, which specifies the accessibility of certain specific materials; Added separate clauses describing exemption materials and exemption situations to make them clearer.
This section of the standard has undergone significant adjustments and restructuring, fully incorporating CPSC's previous decision to exempt third-party testing and certification requirements for toy materials, ensuring consistency with the relevant exemptions under CPSIA regulations.
3. Microbial standards for water used in the production and filling of toys
For toy cosmetics, liquids, pastes, gel, powders and poultry feather products, in terms of microbial cleanliness requirements, it is allowed to use the latest version of USP method instead of only using USP 35,<1231>.