CPSC Votes that the Proposed Revision of ASTM F963-16 become a Mandatory Standard

06/02/17

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On January 25, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously (5-0) in favor to allow ASTM F963-16 to become CPSC’s mandatory standard. The Final Rules were published in the Federal Register on February 2, 2017. The draft direct final rule that incorporates by reference ASTM F963-16 into the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and amends the notice of requirements in 16 CFR Part 1112 to reflect the revisions of the ASTM F963.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), Section 106, made ASTM F963–07e1, a mandatory consumer product safety standard. That section provides procedures for revisions to the standard. The CPSC‘s Commissioners vote allows the update to ASTM F963–16, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety (ASTM F963–16), to become the mandatory toy standard. This direct final rule incorporates by reference ASTM F963–16 and updates the existing notice of requirements (NOR) that provide the criteria and process for Commission acceptance of accreditation of third party conformity assessment bodies for testing for ASTM F963 pursuant to section 14(a)(3)(B)(vi) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA).

Under the procedure in section 106(g) of the CPSIA, when ASTM revises ASTM F963, the revision becomes the CPSC standard within 180 days of notification to the Commission, unless the Commission determines that the revision does not improve the safety of the product. This rule establishes an effective date that is 180 days after CPSC receive notification from ASTM of revisions to the standard. Unless CPSC receives a significant amount of adverse comments within 30 days, the rule will become effective on April 30, 2017. Additionally, the effective date for the NOR is April 30, 2017, the same date that the provisions of ASTM F963–16 become effective.

Although ASTM F963–16 is mandatory by operation of statute, the current CFR does not indicate that ASTM F963 is a CPSC mandatory standard. This direct final rule adds a new Part 1250, Safety Standard Mandating ASTM F963 for Toys, which incorporates by reference ASTM F963–16 into the CFR, along with the rest of CPSC’s mandatory rules so that it is more readily recognized as the mandatory rule that applies for toy products.

Additional Information
To view the Final Regulation 16 CFR Parts 1112 and 1250: Safety Standard Mandating ASTM F963 for Toys:
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-02/pdf/2017-02147.pdf
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/02

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