Canada Gazette publishes two proposals to amend lead and cadmium provisions underCanada Consumer Product Safety Act(CCPSA) for children products on 3 December. Both proposals open for consultation until 16 February 2017.

Here are the proposed amendments:

1. Children's Jewellery Regulations SOR/2016-168 (Download the regulation)

SOR/2016-168

Current provision

Proposed provision

Scope

 

“children’s jewellery” means jewellery that is manufactured , sized, decorated, packaged, advertised or sold in a manner that appeals primarily to children under 15 years of age but does not include merit badges, medals for achievement or other similar objects normally worn only occasionally.

Restriction

(*revision)

600 mg/kg total lead limit

90 mg/kg migratable lead limit

90 mg/kg total lead limit

130 mg/kg total cadmium (if children’s jewellery items are small parts)

 

2. Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations SOR/2010-273 (Download the regulation)

The applicable scope of the regulation is expanded subject to a total lead limit of 90 mg/kg.

SOR/2010-273

Current provision

Proposed provision

Scope

(*revision)

consumer product containing lead means any of the following products containing lead:

(a) products, other than kitchen utensils, that are brought into contact with the user’s mouth in the course of normal use;

(b) products intended for use in play or learning by children under three years of age.

It does not include any of the following:

(c) children’s jewellery within the meaning of the Children’s Jewellery Regulations;

(d) products subject to the application of the Glazed Ceramics and Glassware Regulations.

consumer product containing lead means any of the following products that contains lead:

(a) a product that is brought into contact with the user’s mouth during normal use, except for

(i) a kitchen utensil, or

(ii) a product that is subject to the Glazed Ceramics and Glassware Regulations;

(b) any clothing or clothing accessory that is intended for use by a child under 14 years of age;

(c) a product that is intended for use in learning or play by a child under 14 years of age;

(d) a book or similar printed product that is intended for a child under 14 years of age, except if it is

(i) printed on paper or cardboard, and

(ii) printed and bound in a conventional manner using conventional materials;

(e) a product whose primary purpose is to facilitate the relaxation, sleep, hygiene, carrying or transportation of a child under four years of age.

Restriction

90 mg/kg of lead (accessible part)

Test method: EN 71-3:1994/A1:2000/AC:2002

The above proposals have 75-day comments period (ends on 17 February 2017). The final rule will come into force six months following its publication on Canada Gazette.

Lead is a very toxic metal, especially to children, and its adverse effects on this population have been documented in numerous studies. C&K Testing advises businesses should pay due care to the results to ensure their products align with the latest requirements.


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