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» CPSC Regulation Updates for Sling Carriers and Toy Safety

    New Safety Standard for Sling Carriers

    The CPSC issued a final rule on the 30th January 2017 for the Safety Standard for Sling Carriers. The rule at 16 CFR part 1228 incorporates ASTM F2907-15, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Sling Carriers.

    This rule will become effective from the 30th January 2018, and will apply to all sling carriers manufactured on or after that date. More information regarding the safety standard is available here.

    Third party testing laboratories that wish to be CPSC-accepted for the new regulation should submit an application to “request an addition to scope” through the CPSC online application here. To be considered for CPSC-acceptance, the scope of accreditation must include a specific reference to “16 CFR Part 1228”.

    New Safety Standard for Toys

    The CPSC has also issued a final rule on the 2nd of February 2017 to establish ASTM F963-16 as the mandatory Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. The rule is at 16 CFR part 1250 and incorporates reference ASTM F963-16.

    Testing to Support Certification

    The CPSC will accept testing to support product certifications for sections in ASTM F963-16 if the laboratory is already CPSC-accepted to those same sections in ASTM F963-11. Testing laboratories that conduct testing to support product certifications to ASTM F963-16 must show in their test reports “ASTM F963-16” and the specific section numbers in the standard to which the product was evaluated.

    CPSC Acceptance of Testing Laboratories for ASTM F963-16

    Testing laboratories that are currently CPSC-accepted to ASTM F963-11 are instructed to work with their accreditation bodies to update their accreditation scope to include ASTM F963-16 sections as soon as possible and submit their application for CPSC acceptance.

    To be considered for CPSC acceptance, the accreditation scope must include specific references to “ASTM F963-16” and specific references to the individual Section 4 subsections of ASTM F963-16 for which you seek recognition.

    Laboratories that wish to be CPSC-accepted for sections in ASTM F963-16 should submit an application to “request an addition to scope” through the CPSC online application here.