ISO Toy Safety Meetings Explore Age Guidelines, Magnets and More

November 5, 2012 | The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee on Toy Safety held meetings in Tokyo, Japan the last week of October to advance several items under the ISO toy safety standard ISO 8124.  A group of technical experts from the U.S., including representatives from toy manufacturers/importers, testing labs and the Toy Industry Association (TIA) were in attendance, as well as representatives of industry and product safety agencies from more than a dozen other countries, including Canada, Australia, the EU and Brazil.

Notable areas of focus included the development of global age determination guidelines for toys (based largely on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) extensive guidelines from 2002) as well as discussions on magnets, cords, impaction, phthalates, total concentration of certain elements, and the alignment of toy standards in general.

In conjunction with the ISO toy safety meetings, ASTM International held its third annual joint ASTM-ISO toy safety meeting with the respective toy safety standards committees of both organizations.  The meeting brought ASTM toy safety experts together with their ISO counterparts to share information and work to further alignment.  Emerging issues such as battery and magnet ingestion, as well as potential areas for future alignment were discussed.

TIA members will be notified when a detailed report from the U.S. delegation present at the meetings is available for viewing on the TIA website.