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Australia issued new legislation for toys containing magnets

2020-11-04

Toy Regulation

Australia issued new legislation for toys containing magnets,” Consumer Goods (Toys Containing Magnets) Safety Standard 2020.” This new legislation will repeal the existing “Consumer Product Safety Standard for Children’s Toys Containing Magnets (Consumer Protection Notice No. 5 of 2010) (Federal Register of Legislation No. F2010L00195).  Any children’s toys containing magnets must comply with this new requirement from August 28, 2021.

This law will be applicable to all magnetic toys designed for use in play by a child under 14 years of age, supplied with one or more magnets or magnetic components.

The new law mandates to comply with the following clauses from any one of the instruments mentioned in the below table.

Countries

Instruments

Clauses

Australia / New Zealand Standard

AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2019 Safety of toys Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties

4.1, and 4.31

European Standard

EN 71‑1:2014+A1:2018: Safety of toys ‑ Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties

4.23

International Standard 

ISO 8124‑1:2018 Safety of toys —Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties

4.1, and 4.31

US

Standard

American Society for Testing and Materials Standard ASTM F963 ‑ 17 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety

4.38, 8.5 and 8.9

During the transition period till 27 august 2021, magnetic toy must comply with either any one of the following section requirements, Australian/New Zealand Standard (section 9), European Standard (section 10), International Standard (section 11), US Standard (section 12) or the Consumer Product Safety Standard for Children’s Toys Containing Magnets (Consumer Protection Notice No. 5 of 2010).

However, this new law is not applicable to sporting goods, camping goods, bicycles, home and public playground equipment, trampolines, electronic game units, models powered by combustion or steam engines, and fashion jewelry.

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