ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.
ASTM Technical Committee F15 has jurisdiction over Consumer Products and all of the juvenile product subcommittees fall under this main technical committee. Information on ASTM Technical Committee F15 can be found on the ASTM website.
Membership in ASTM offers a host of benefits.
While other non-juvenile consumer products do have subcommittees under Technical Committee F15, a list of all subcommittees is available here.
The JPMA Certification Program is foundationally built on ASTM standards and JPMA encourages all manufacturers to participate in the ASTM standard-setting process. Joining ASTM technical subcommittees allows participants to be involved in the process of improving existing standards and developing new standards as innovative products enter the marketplace. These standards, as developed with input from engineers, manufacturers, consumer advocates and consultants, ensure the safety of products that the US consumer population has come to rely on.
Involvement in this consensus-based activity is the best way that manufacturers can stay abreast of the changes being implemented, as well as helping guide the process so that individual products will remain in compliance. ASTM standards are not only the foundation of the JPMA Certification 2.0 Program but also of the federal requirements pertaining to juvenile products, known as Section 104 Rules.
Juvenile Product manufacturers may join ASTM under the F15 Technical Committee for Consumer Products. Subcommittees exist for product category. Want to learn more or join ASTM? Visit the ASTM website or contact Len Morrissey, Technical Director, Standards Development.
ASTM STANDARD ACTIVITY CHARTS
As a benefit to association members, JPMA provides access to the ASTM Standards Activity Charts, which are a user-friendly way for you to see the ASTM activity for your product type(s). Information on the charts includes: subcommittee chair, CFR information where applicable, revision dates and changes made and JPMA Certification Program effective dates. Note that these charts are updated as ASTM standards are revised.
ASTM MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Download the Major ASTM Requirements for each juvenile product category!
ASTM MEETING UPDATES
Miss an ASTM Meeting? Not to worry – JPMA has you covered. Brief updates of all subcommittee meetings are available as a member benefit. Sign in to read them below!