Australia Introduces New Compulsory Standard for Toys Containing Magnets

Australia registered its new mandatory
safety standard for toys containing magnets – Consumer Goods (Toys Containing
Magnets) Safety Standard 2020 – on August 27, 2020.

This new instrument means toys containing
magnets must conform to specific clauses within one of the following toy safety

    8124.1:2019 ‘Safety of toys – Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and
    physical properties’
  • EN
    71-1:2014+A1:2018 ‘Safety of toys – Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties’
  • ISO
    8124-1:2018 ‘Safety of Toys – Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and
    physical properties’
  • ASTM
    F963-17 ‘Standard consumer safety specification for toy safety’

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Stakeholders should be aware the new
instrument does not apply to bicycles, camping goods, electronic game units,
fashion jewelry, home and public playground equipment, models powered by
combustion or steam engines, sporting goods, and trampolines.

The new instrument came into effect on
August 28, 2020. Manufacturers and suppliers of toys containing magnets have
until August 28, 2021, to ensure their products comply with the requirements in
the new legislation. Until this date, toys containing magnets may still comply
with the current safety standard – Consumer Product Safety Standard for
Children’s Toys Containing Magnets (Consumer Protection Notice No. 5 of 2010).

Children’s toys are regulated in Australia
via multiple mandatory safety standards. These include:

  • Consumer
    Protection Notice No. 14 of 2003, as amended by Consumer Protection No. 1 of
    2005 ‘Toys for children up to and including 36 months of age’
  • Consumer
    Protection Notice No. 1 of 2009 ‘Lead and certain elements’ (this standard
    includes finger paints)
  • Consumer
    Protection Notice No. 5 of 2010 ‘Toys containing magnets’
  • Consumer
    Goods (Aquatic Toys) Safety Standard 2020
  • Consumer
    Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020

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