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Monday April 24, 2017

ASTM Toys Panel Avoids Dealing with Negative on Projectiles

An ASTM F15.22 working group's April 20 session on toy projectiles became a review of various non-substantive editorial matters as the major target of discussion was withdrawn before the call. This was partly because a negative ballot by Zing Global was overtaken by a CPSC decision (PSL, 4/10/17) to use enforcement discretion related to an error in the 2016 edition of ASTM's F963 toy standard.

 

When CPSC adopted the standard into its rules, it learned from the Toy Industry Association (PSL, 3/13/17) of a mistake related to kinetic energy density of projectiles fire via stored-energy discharge mechanisms.

 

Zing echoed these concerns in comments to CPSC (PSL, 3/20/17), and then March 30 sent ASTM a negative objecting to the relevant provisions as well as numerous others. Its withdrawn objections also addressed concerns that despite goals to align the standard with the European EN71 and ISO 8124 toy standards, some of the revisions "are nowhere to be found in either of these international standards or greatly exceed the requirements in those standards."