Brazil is proposing to strengthen lead content requirements for paints and similar surface coating materials. Comments are accepted until early February 2018.
SAFEGUARDS | Hardgoods NO. 003/18
In December 2017, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated a proposal from Brazil to strengthen its national law on lead in paints and similar surface coating materials.
The draft bill , attached to WTO document number 17-7033  and notified under G/TBT/N/BRA/768, would repeal Law no. 11,762 of August 1, 2008 . The proposal contains a number of important provisions, including the following:
Strengthening the lead content limit by approximately 7-fold
Paints and similar surface coating materials complying with existing laws that are manufactured or imported before the new law becomes effective may remain on the market until stocks are exhausted
According to the proposal, the following products are exempt from the scope:
Inks used in anti-theft devices for cash handling and certified by the Brazilian Conformity Assessment System (SBAC)
Products regulated by Law no. 6.360 of September 1976  and its amendments by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, Anvisa)
There are three effective dates:
One year from the date of publication in the Diário Oficial da União (DOU) for paints and similar surface coatings for products other than those indicated below
Three years from the date of publication in the DOU for paints and similar surface coatings for the following:
Agriculture and industrial equipment
Anticorrosive paint-based treatments
Exclusively for artistic use
Household appliances and metal furniture
Industrial, agricultural and commercial metal structures
Motor vehicles, airplanes, vessels and railway wagons
Five years from the date of publication in the DOU for traffic signaling and security equipment
According to the WTO document, the final date for comments is February 5, 2018.
A comparison of the proposal and Law No. 11,762 of August 1, 2008, is summarized in Table 1.
|Proposal under WTO document Number 17-7033 ||Law Number 11,762 of August 1, 2008 |
|Scope||Paints and similar surface coating materials||Paints and similar surface coating materials|
|Requirement for lead (dry or non-volatile content)||≤ 90 ppm||≤ 600 ppm|
|Effective date||Date of publication in the DOU||2009|
Throughout our global network of laboratories, we are able to provide a range of services, including analytical testing and consultancy, for lead in paints and similar surface coatings for international markets. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
Stakeholders are advised to comply with the latest requirements for lead in paints and similar surface coating materials for the Brazilian market.
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