17 March 2017
CPSC Removes Safety Standard for Magnet Sets
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has removed from its regulations a 3 October 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 7 March, the court order had legal effect as of 22 November 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.