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On May 2, 2018, Health Canada published changes to the Consumer Products Containing Lead (Contact with Mouth) Regulations in the Canada Gazette. The requirements are intended to improve the safety of consumer products by expanding the scope of products included under these regulations. These changes will be effective November 2, 2018.
The current regulation includes:
• Products intended for use in play or learning by children under three years of age.
• Products, other than kitchen utensils, which are brought into contact with the user’s mouth in the course of normal use;
The amended regulation includes the following to expand the scope:
• Clothing or clothing accessory that that is intended for use by a child under 14 years of age; (new)
• Books or similar printed product that is intended for a child under 14 years of age, except if it is: (new)
o Printed on paper or cardboard, and
o Printed and bound in a conventional manner using conventional materials;
• Products whose primary purpose is to facilitate relaxation, sleep, hygiene, carrying or transportation of a child under 4 years of age. (new)
• Products intended for use in learning or play (toys) by a child under 14 years of age; (expanded current)
• Products, other than kitchen utensils, that are brought into contact with the user’s mouth in the course of normal use; (current)
Products may not contain more than 90 mg/kg of lead in each accessible part.
Exceptions to the 90 mg/kg lead limit:
• Lead is necessary to produce an essential characteristic of the part;
• No alternative part containing less lead is available; and
• The part does not release more than 90 mg/kg of lead.
For more information the full text of the legislation can be found on Canada Gazette
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