Small high-powered magnets Unsafe Goods Notice

Small high-powered magnet sets are unsafe, and can't be sold for personal use. This notice came into force on 24 July 2014 for an indefinite period.

Unsafe Goods (Small High Powered Magnets) Indefinite Prohibition Notice 2014

This notice applies to new and second-hand small high-powered magnets that are supplied, or offered or advertised for supply, in sets of 2 or more for personal use. Personal use includes magnet sets that form part of a toy, game or puzzle, construction or modelling kits, or jewellery that is worn around the nose or mouth.

The notice does not apply to hardware magnets, magnets used for teaching, or those that are (or are intended to become) parts of other products.

The thresholds for magnet size and strength (power) are established by referring to specific tests in the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2013 Safety of toys – Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties.

See the Unsafe Goods Notice below for the exact wording.

New Zealand Gazette website — Unsafe Goods (Small High Powered Magnets) Indefinite Prohibition Notice 2014(external link)