US Published Children’s Jewelry Safety Standard ASTM F2923-20

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) published in March 2020 the standard ASTM F2923-20, Consumer Safety Specification for Children Jewelry, prepared by its Committee (F15) on Consumer Products, Subcommittee (F15.24) on Jewelry.

Compared to its previous version ASTM F2923-14, the main changes are as below:

1. Physical requirements remain unchanged.

2. Update total cadmium content requirement from 300 ppm to 75ppm.

3. Add phthalate requirement for plasticized accessible components of children’s jewelry: shall not contain more than 0.1 percent (1000 ppm) of the following phthalates:

(1).Di-(2-ethyhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)

(2).Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)

(3).Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)

(4).Diisononyl phthalate (DINP)

(5).Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)

(6).Di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPENP)

(7).Di-n-hexyl phthalate (DHEXP)

(8).Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)

4. Related chemical test methods changed to updated version:

(1). Update method ASTM F963-11 to ASTM F963 (Current latest version: ASTM F963-17).

(2). Add method CPSC-CH-E1001-08.3 besides previous CPSC-CH-E1001-08.

(3). Add method CPSC-CH-E1002-08.3 besides previous CPSC-CH-E1002-08.

(4). Update method EN 1811:2011 to EN 1811:2011+A1:2015.

5. Not allow to use alternative chemical test method not stated in standard.

Main changes of ASTM F2923-20 compared to ASTM F2923-14:

SectionTitleASTM F2923-14ASTM F2923-20
3TerminologyTest method of magnet: ASTM F963-11Update test method to: ASTM F963 (latest)
4Intended User Labeling and Warnings(unchanged)
5Specifications for Lead in Children’s JewelryAdd test methods: CPSC-CH-E1001-08.3, CPSC-CH-E1002-08.3
6Exclusions from Lead Content Testing Requirements in Children’s Jewelry(unchanged)
7Specifications for Children’s Body-Piercing Jewelry(unchanged)
8.Specifications for Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Chromium, Mercury and Selenium in Paint and Surface Coatings of Children’s Jewelry1. Allow to use demonstrated equivalent or more stringent alternative test methods. 2. Test method of soluble heavy metals: ASTM F963-11.1. Not allow to use alternative test method not stated in standard. 2. Update test method to: ASTM F963 (latest version)
9Specification for Cadmium in Certain Substrate Materials of Children’s JewelryAllow to use demonstrated equivalent or more stringent alternative test methods.1. Update total cadmium content requirement from 300 ppm to 75ppm. 2. Not allow to use alternative test method not stated in standard.
10Specification for Nickel in Metal Components of Children’s JewelryTest method of Nickel release: EN 1811:2011Update test method to: EN 1811:2011+A1:2015
11Specification for Phthalates in Plasticized Components of Children’s JewelryNo requirementAdd phthalate requirement for plasticized accessible components of children’s jewelry: shall not contain more than 0.1 percent (1000 ppm) of the following phthalates: DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIBP, DPENP, DHEXP, DCHP
12Liquid-Filled Jewelry Requirements(unchanged)
13Mechanical Requirements for Adult Jewelry(unchanged)
14Test MethodsUpdate test method ASTM F963-11 to ASTM F963 (latest version)
15Keywords(unchanged)
 AnnexRemoved Annex A2 Alternative Test Methods
 Appendix(unchanged)


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