CPSC Revises Safety Standard on Toys
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a direct final rule reflecting a recent update to the mandatory consumer product safety standard on toys. This rule will be effective as of April 30 unless significant adverse comment is received by March 6.
The CPSC states that the updated standard contains clarification, corrections, and new requirements that will increase safety, reduce testing burden, or enhance the clarity and utility of the standard. In addition, provisions were added to address new types of toys or hazards. Changes include updating labeling requirements for battery-operated toys and magnetic toys, adding new testing requirements to address toys that contain rechargeable cells and batteries, redefining “mouth-actuated toys” to include a broader range of toys (e.g., noisemakers and projectile toys), and reincorporating provisions on toy chests.
This rule also updates the existing notice of requirements that provide the criteria and process for CPSC acceptance of accreditation of third-party conformity assessment bodies for testing to this standard.