Canada approves SOR/2018-83 for lead in consumer products
On May 2, 2018, Health Canada issued the Consumer Products Lead Containing Regulations SOR/2018-83, and the SOR/2010-273 Lead Containing Consumer Products (Contact with Mouth) Regulations will be repealed. All proposed terms have been approved and will take effect on November 2, 2018.
Compared with SOR/2010-273, the main contents of SOR/2018-83 include:
1. SOR/2018-83 applicable products are updated as follows:
a. Products that will come into contact with the user's mouth during normal use, except for:
(i) Kitchen utensils;
(ii) Products subject to the Regulations on Glazed Ceramics and Glassware.
b. Clothing or clothing accessories used by children under the age of 14;
c. Products for children under 14 years of age to learn or play (note: the existing regulations only provide for children under 3 years of age).
d. Books or similar printed products used by children under 14 years old, except for products:
(i) Printed on paper or cardboard;
(ii) Use traditional materials and use traditional methods to print and bind.
Products that assist children under 4 years of age to relax, sleep, sanitize, or transport.
2. The lead content limit for each accessible part of the products within this range is still 90 mg/kg.
3. The list of exemptions from the old and new regulations is consistent. The lead content requirements of accessible parts can be exempted in the following situations:
a. Lead is closely related to the basic characteristics of the component;
b. There are no substitute parts with less lead content;
c. The amount of lead released from the component does not exceed 90 mg/kg.
4. According to good laboratory practices, the lead content or lead release of accessible parts can be determined by any method. The test method for lead release is no longer limited to EN 71-3