Background

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has removed from its regulations an Oct. 3, 2014, final rule establishing a national safety standard for high-powered magnet sets. This action responds to a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit decision vacating the rule. While this removal is effective as of March 7, the court order had legal effect as of Nov. 22, 2016.

The now-removed standard defined “magnet sets” as aggregations of separable magnetic objects that are marketed or commonly used as a manipulative or construction item for entertainment, such as puzzle working, sculpture building, mental stimulation, or stress relief. Under this standard, if a magnet set contained a magnet that fit within the small parts cylinder that the CPSC uses for testing toys, each magnet in that set had to have a flux index of 50 kG2 mm2 or less. If a magnet that was part of a magnet set (or an individual magnet, as defined) was too large to fit within the small parts cylinder, the magnet met the standard regardless of its flux index.

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