As part of Health Canada’s Lead Risk Reduction Strategy for consumer products (LRRS), Health Canada aims to reduce exposure to lead content from consumer products, especially children’s products. In keeping with this, Health Canada has identified other products on the North American market containing lead in excess of 90 mg/kg, including children’s apparel, sleepwear and accessories.
While the current SOR/2010-273 has been effective in reducing the lead content in products, other than kitchen utensils, that are brought into contact with the user’s mouth in the course of normal use, and products intended for use in learning or play (toys) by children under three years of age, the LRRS has identified that there are more categories of products that potentially expose children to higher than acceptable levels of lead.
As a result, the current SOR/2010-273 Consumer Products Containing Lead (Contact with Mouth) Regulations (CPCMCLR), have been repealed and replaced by SOR/2018-83 Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations.
While the actual lead limits do not change from the original 90 mg/kg, the new regulations extend the CPCMCLR requirements to Products in Group 2 of LRRS, which include:
Following are the revised requirements for lead under the Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations:
Each accessible part of the following consumer products must not contain lead more than 90 mg/kg:
Exceptions to the 90 mg/kg limit are allowed in cases where:
The new Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations come into force on November 2, 2018, six months from the date of publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II. In the interim, Health Canada can take corrective measures if products containing high lead levels are found on the Canadian marketplace.
The Final Regulation can be viewed at: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2018/2018-05-02/html/sor-dors83-eng.html