April 27, 2018 – In March 2018, the International Standards Organization (ISO) published a new version of its toy standard ISO 8124-1 “Safety of toys — Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties”. The new version of the standard will bring it into closer alignment with Europe’s EN 71 and the USA’s ASTM F963.
ISO 8124-1:2018 contains specific requirements and test methods for toys intended for use by children up to 14 years of age. The latest version contains several important changes, including:
o Modifications to the definitions for: cords, elastic, fixed loop, tangled loop, noose, electrical cable, cord with the potential to tangle, large and bulky toy, paper, pompom, A-weighted equivalent sound pressure level, maximum A-weighted equivalent sound pressure level, pull or push toy
o Addition of the following definitions – paperboard and steady state sound
o Deletion of the following definitions – steady state sound and impulsive sound
• Exemptions from reasonably foreseeable abuse testing:
o Fibrous filling material
• Clarification on warning requirements for toys for children aged 36 months and over but under 72 months
• Arrows – modification of energy density requirements.
o Revision of cord requirements and methods to align with EN 71-1
o Addition of yo-yo balls, straps, sledges and toboggans requirements
o Modified c-weighted requirements for close-to-the-ear toys
o Child activated toys – reformatted for clarity, but not aligned with EN 71-1
• Large and bulky toys – modified tip over test and definition
ISO 8124-1 is accepted by several countries as a demonstration of compliance with toy safety rules. These countries include Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa and Vietnam. Stakeholders should be aware, the United States and the European Union have their own mandatory standards – ASTM F963 (USA) and EN 71 (EU).
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