SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, is advising stakeholders that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a final rule for products containing magnets.
Final rule 16 CFR 1262 establishes ‘Safety Standard for Magnets’. The purpose of the standard is to the reduce the risk of death and injury associated with the ingestion of one or more high-powered magnets. It came into effect on October 21, 2022, and will apply to all relevant magnet products manufactured after this date.
The final rule applies to magnet products with one or more loose or separable magnets in any consumer product designed, marketed or intended to be used for:
– Jewelry (including children’s jewelry)
– Mental stimulation
– Stress relief
– Or a combination of the above
The safety standard demands 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).
Exempted products include products sold and/or distributed solely to school educators, researchers, professionals, and/or commercial or industrial users exclusively for educational, research, professional, commercial, and/or industrial purposes. Toys that are subject to toy safety standard 16 CFR 1250 are also exempted because the magnet ingestion hazard is addressed in that standard.
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