New mandatory requirements would better protect children by helping to prevent injury from swallowing magnets
OTTAWA, Nov. 3, 2017 /CNW/ - The use of small powerful magnets is a popular feature in children's toys, but these magnets can be dangerous if swallowed by children. When more than one powerful magnet is swallowed in a short period of time, the magnets can
Health Canada announced today that it will publish proposed amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part I that set out mandatory new requirements and tests for magnetic toys in the Toys Regulations. The amendments will be published for a 75-day consultation period.
The proposed regulatory changes include restrictions on both the size and strength of magnetic toy components, as well as specific tests to identify dangerous magnetic parts that may separate from a toy during play. These changes will align Canadian safety requirements for magnetic toys with those in the U.S. and in Europe.
The proposed mandatory requirements for magnetic children's toys do not affect the current prohibition on dangerous novelty magnet sets. These items will remain banned in Canada.
Canadians are encouraged to review the proposed amendments and to submit feedback to Health Canada by January 17, 2018.
Quotes"Parent and caregivers should feel confident that the toys they buy are safe for children, including toys that may contain magnets. These proposed amendments will help to better protect our children, particularly younger children, from potentially life-threatening injuries that can happen if they swallow small powerful magnets."
Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
Associated LinksMagnet safetyInformation for Manufacturers, Importers, Distributors and Retailers of Products Containing Small, Powerful Magnets
SOURCE Health Canada
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