Jan 13

Toy Safety: proficiency testing to ASTM F963-16

On 20 October, 2016 ASTM International published ASTM F963-16 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, an updated version of ASTM F963-11. The aim of this revision is to address various issues relating to toy safety, ideally highlighting and eliminating many potential hazards from toys intended for use by children under the age of 14.

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A significant number of updates have been introduced to strengthen this standard, through the design, manufacturing and marketing of children’s toys, as well as addressing possible hazards that that may not be immediately apparent to consumers.






The following proficiency testing (PT) samples allow you to monitor your analysis against the 2016 version of ASTM F963 and EN71 equivalent where applicable:


Area updates ASTM Clause EN71 equivalent PT Sample Available in round(s)
Projectile toys 4.21 and 8.14 4.17 12 TY069 & TY071
Battery operated toys 4.25 15 TY070
Heavy elements 4.3.5 3 All rounds
Magnets 4.38 and 8.25 4.23 14 TY070
Sound producing toys 4.5 4.20 13 TY070 & TY072

For more information on our toy testing PT scheme please see Scheme Documentation.

To participate in any of the rounds please complete the Application Form and email it to ptcustomerservices@lgcgroup.com.

To order a copy of the standard ASTM F963-16, please visit the ASTM website.

By Wayne Gaunt, Technical Manager, Proficiency Testing
LGC Standards

Source:  ASTM F963-16, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.org.

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