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Canada Bans Small, Powerful Magnets

Friday, May 17th, 2013

On April 26, 2013, Health Canada issued a notice immediately prohibiting products containing small, powerful magnets.   Small, powerful magnets are defined as ones that can fit entirely within the small parts cylinder and that have a magnetic flux index of 50kg2mm2 or more.

This prohibition includes children’s toys that are or contain small, powerful magnets, as well as novelty magnet sets (for entertainment), regardless of the intended age.

New Toy Regulations for Canada

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act’s new Toy Regulations officially replaced the CHPA (Hazardous Product Act) as of June 20, 2011. The Regulations (SOR 2011-17) include no major substantive changes from the CHPA. In the area of phthalates, however, the Toys Regulations cover only toys for children under three years of age. The scope of the CHPA covers all toys and childcare articles. As such, the CHPA would still apply to product for children over three. The CCPSA also gives Health Canada more authority and flexiblity in the enforcement of the new regulations and in the administration of a process for recalled products. The full regulation can be accessed on Canada’s Department of Jutice website:

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