ISO Safety Meetings Explore Possible Revisions to Toy Standard

October 28, 2013 | The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee on Toy Safety (ISO TC 181) held meetings in Sao Paulo, Brazil October 21-25 to discuss possible revisions to the international toy standard ISO 8124. Representatives of industry and product safety agencies from more than a dozen countries discussed test methods and requirements for finger paints, cords, total concentration of elements, phthalates, and a number of other subjects.

The Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs and Joan Lawrence, vice president of standards and regulatory affairs attended the meetings as part of a U.S. delegation that included representatives from toy manufacturers, importers and testing labs. Kaufman and Lawrence served as co-chairs of the cords and elastics task group, in place of the current sitting chair from the U.S. who was unable to attend.

During the week, a joint meeting was also held between ISO TC 181 and ASTM Subcommittee F15.22, which is responsible for the U.S. toy safety standard ASTM F963 and is chaired by TIA’s Joan Lawrence. This discussion allowed both technical committees to keep the other aware of ongoing work with a goal toward fostering greater standards alignment.

While in Brazil, TIA also had the opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest with ABRINQ – the Brazilian toy association; INMETRO – the Brazilian regulator for toys; and ABNT – the Brazilian National Standards Organization.

TIA will keep members apprised if updates to the ISO toy safety standard are approved.