The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 16 CFR 1262, on Safety Standard for Magnets.

SAFEGUARDS | Consumer ProductsNO. 023/22

 SG 02322 Magnet

On January 10, 2022, the US CPSC approved publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) for a safety standard for Magnets (16 CFR 1262). The proposed rule aims to reduce the risk of death and injury associated with ingestion of one or more high-powered magnets, especially to children and teens.

The proposed rule will apply to consumer products that are designed, marketed, or intended to be used for entertainment, jewelry (including children's jewelry), mental stimulation, stress relief, or a combination of these purposes, and that contain one or more loose or separable magnets. Exempted from this proposed rule are toys that are subject to toy safety standards which already address the magnet ingestion hazard in children's toys.

Under the proposed rule, each loose or separable magnet in a product that fits entirely within the small parts cylinder described in 16 CFR 1501.4 must have a flux index of less than 50 kG² mm² when tested in accordance with 16 CFR 1262.4 (Test procedure for determining flux index).

The commission invites interested parties to submit their comments by March 28, 2022.

Reference

  1. Notice of Proposed Rule 16 CFR 1262

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