Toy Testing

Toys sold in the US must be tested for lead and other toxic metals and phthalates, and tested for mechanical and physical attributes as required by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). ChemServe is a CPSC-accredited environmental third-party testing laboratory that specializes in children’s toy testing.

We can help you by conducting all chemical and mechanical testing required to satisfy CPSC regulations and draft a Children’s Product Certificate with competitive pricing and a 10-day turn-around.

Chemserve can help you with CPSC toy testing!



Toy testing for Lead

Federal regulations state that each color on the toy intended for children 12 years or younger needs to be tested for lead content. This is because colors are stabilized by the addition of lead and include lead in paint and surface coatings, and lead in the toy as a whole. Further information can be found at the CPSC web-site.

ChemServe will test your toy for lead content.

Children's toy testing

Toxic metal analysis

Certain toys, or the parts of toys that are sucked, mouthed, or ingested need to be tested for 8 toxic metals; Lead, Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Chromium, Mercury, Selenium and Silver.

If your product is age-graded as intended for use for children age 6 years and above, and is not likely to be sucked, mouthed, or ingested, it does not need to be subjected to toy testing for the eight metals. In this case, only a lead test is required.

ChemServe’s toy testing toxic metal package includes all eight heavy metals.

Toy testing for lead

Toy testing for Phthalates

Phthalates are chemical plasticizers that are often used in the production of many types of plastics. These chemicals, most often, but not always, are used to make plastics softer and more pliable.

Children’s toys and child care articles containing certain phthalates are prohibited.

Each type of plastic material that the toy is made from requires a separate phthalate test and these could be hard plastic, soft or other types of plastics.

A more detailed explanation of toy testing for phthalates can be found here.

ChemServe tests for all phthalates including the expanded CA Prop 65 list.

Toy testing for phthalates

Mechanical and physical analysis

ChemServe conducts mechanical and physical testing of toys for CSPC compliance.

Items will be subjected to toy testing for a variety of ways such as small parts, physical strength depending on the toy, and tracking labels will also be assessed if requested.

ChemServe works closely with specialize partner labs to conduct mechanical/physical testing.

Toy testing for phthalates

How to estimate the cost of toy testing

1) Add up the number of different colors on the toy. This represents the number of lead tests required. The cost of each lead test is $60.

2) Count up the number of different plastic types in the toy. Types include soft pliable plastic, hard plastic or silicone. This will be the number of phthalate tests required. The cost of each phthalate test is $140.

3) If the toy is for ages 6 or under, or is for older children but likely to be chewed or sucked then a toxic metals test is required. In this case add a toxic metal test. Each toxic metals test is $95.

4) If mechanical or physical testing is required add this to the order. Mechanical testing is $260.

The total of all the tests is an estimate of the cost.