ASTMF 963 1
ASTMF 963 2

What is ASTM F963?

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) develops and publishes international standards against which products may be tested – including ASTM F963-17. Ensuring compliance with ASTM F963-17 is mandatory under CPSIA, for a wide range of toys and other children’s products.” And it requires California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 900 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.

Adherence to the standard successfully eliminates many potential hazards from toys because it identifies the best design practices. This includes numerous aspects of the toys, even those of which the public may not be readily aware. Some specifications are intended to prevent hazards from direct contact with toys, such as stating that “nails and fasteners shall not present a point, edge, ingestion, or projection hazard,” or that surfaces should remain free of any toxic materials.

By identifying the possible hazards with toy use, as well as those that may not be recognized readily by the public, ASTM F963-17 is able to establish nationally recognized safety requirements for toys.

ASTM F963-17 covers an extensive list of safety aspects, including the following:

  • Chemicals and heavy metal restrictions
  • Mechanical and physical properties
  • Electrical safety
  • Small parts
  • Flammability
ASTMF 963 3
ASTMF 963 3

Which products does ASTM F963 apply to?

  • Electronic Toys
  • Soft Toys
  • Educational Toys
  • Arts And Crafts
  • Play Figures
  • Flying Toy
  • Functional Toy
  • Hand Held Toy
  • Percussion Toy
  • Table-top Or Floor Toy
  • Toy Bicycle
  • Riding Toy
  • Water Toy
  • Costume
  • Ejection Toy

V-Trust, Your Reliable Testing Partner

Volume discount available

For specific testing proposals to your products, please contact us via

  • 24/7 customer service support
  • Free testing consultancy on US & Europe market regulations
  • Saving up to 20% in testing cost compared with other testing service providers
  • One-stop service from sample picking to lab testing