Archive for March, 2010

Insight Laboratories is now a preferred lab of the APPA!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Insight labs is pleased to announce that it has joined the American Pet Products Association as a preferred laboratory. We are happy to provide quality testing services for providers of quality pet toys and pet products, helping to keep the furry members of the population safe and healthy.

TIA Update on Proposed Standard Revision for Cadmium and Heavy Metals

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

In our Volume 26 newsletter we informed readers that the Toy Industry Association (TIA) Task Group was considering the need to strengthen current U.S. safety standards, by including test methods for heavy metals in substrate material.

The TIA Task Group, which included input from toy manufacturers/importers and major retailers, has decided it will recommend to ASTM to include test methods for heavy metals in the substrate materials of toys. This will align the U.S. toy safety standard with EN71-3 and ISO 8124-3.

As of now, the draft is proposing to adopt the requirements for soluble heavy metals in substrate material of toys, from EN71 and ISO 8124. However, the following would differ from the European and ISO standards:

  • The proposed upper age limit for applicable product will be 14 years, consistent with the other sections of ASTM F963 (EN 71-3 and ISO specify 6 years of age).
  • A list of excluded materials, exempt from the requirements, has been added based on CPSC’s list of excluded materials for lead. Additionally, modeling clays are specifically covered in EN and ISO standards; they will not be covered in the ASTM proposal, given that art materials are already exempt from the other sections of ASTM.
  • As in EN71 and ISO 8124, solubility testing is called for in the proposed ASTM standard. However, in the rationale accompanying the proposed ASTM standard, a Total Test for heavy metals will be offered as an acceptable, optional, screening test (as is already common practice for surface coating testing in ASTM F963). In this approach, only if the results of the Total Test screen exceed the limits for heavy metals, is additional solubility testing needed.

TIA has received comments that have resulted in edits to the proposed draft. Once these edits are reviewed and issues are resolved, the proposed draft will be submitted to ASTM for consideration and balloting.