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CPSC Requires Third-Party Testing and Certification to ASTM F963-11

March 25, 2013

The recent approval of 16 CFR 1112 by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) will require toy manufacturers to obtain third-party testing from a CPSC-accredited laboratory to demonstrate compliance with ASTM F963-11 – Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety – by June 10, 2013

In addition to the June 2013 requirement, the CPSC will also allow testing to the ASTM F963-11 version prior to that date, subject to certain conditions, including that the products were tested on or after February 22, 2012, by a laboratory whose accreditation to test to ASTM F963-11 was accepted by the CPSC on or after May 24, 2012 and before June 10, 2013.


Why It Matters
Prior to the CPSC’s approval of 16 CFR 1112, testing and reporting to ASTM F963-08 was still required. According to previous statements by the CPSC, “manufacturers and importers should continue using a CPSC-accepted third-party laboratory for the sections of ASTM F963-08 that did not change in ASTM F963-11.” This was because, although ASTM F963-11 was mandatory as of June 2012, there was no testing requirement. Now, however, with the approval of 16 CFR 1112, the testing requirement is final. Additionally, any new requirements of ASTM F963-11 are also subject to third-party testing.

How UL Can Help
UL is registered with the CPSC as an accredited laboratory for CPSIA third-party testing, and can assist you with the testing and certification requirements mandated by ASTM F963-11.

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