The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) develops and publishes international standards against which products may be tested – including ASTM F963-17. Ensuring compliance with ASTM F963-17 is mandatory under CPSIA, for a wide range of toys and other children’s products.
Adherence to the standard successfully eliminates many potential hazards from toys because it identifies the best design practices. This includes numerous aspects of the toys, even those of which the public may not be readily aware. Some specifications are intended to prevent hazards from direct contact with toys, such as stating that “nails and fasteners shall not present a point, edge, ingestion, or projection hazard,” or that surfaces should remain free of any toxic materials.
By identifying the possible hazards with toy use, as well as those that may not be recognized readily by the public, ASTM F963-17 is able to establish nationally recognized safety requirements for toys.