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ASTM F963-11 Update: Total Heavy Metal Screening Changes

Per last month’s post, the negatives at the F15.22 subcommittee were voted non-persuasive. Those negatives went out for electronic ballot at the main Consumer Products F15 committee level. The ballot closed on April 15 and the main committee voted to uphold the non-persuasive votes of the sub-committee. Once the new F963 standard is published, the CPSC will have 90 days to disagree with the changes and if no objections, the ASTM F2853 test method will be an officially accepted total screen method for determining all 8 regulated heavy metals in homogenous polymeric materials per the CPSC-CH-E1002-08.3 test method referenced in the F963 toy safety standard.