Australia Introduces New Compulsory Standard for Toys Containing Magnets

Press Release : September 18, 2020
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 standards:

  • AS/NZS ISO 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’

 

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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For further information contact:

 

Hingwo Tsang

Global Information and Innovation Manager

Tel:(+852) 2774 7420

 

Sanda Stefanovic
Toys expert
Tel: +31882144617

 

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About SGS

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