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New Safety Standard for High-Powered Magnet Sets to Take Effect April 1, 2015

Monday, October 06, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

A new national safety standard for high-powered magnet sets promulgated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission will apply to all magnets sets and relevant individual magnets manufactured or imported on or after April 1, 2015. After that date, the manufacture, importation, distribution or sale of high-powered magnet sets and individual magnets that are marketed or intended for use as part of a magnet set that do not comply with this standard will be illegal.

Under this standard, if a magnet set contains a magnet that fits within the small parts cylinder that the CPSC uses for testing toys, all magnets from that set must have a flux index of 50 kG2 mm2 or less. If a magnet that is part of a magnet set (or an individual magnet, as defined) is too large to fit within the small parts cylinder, the magnet meets the standard regardless of its flux index.

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