New Zealand’s EPA has initiated a consultation over its proposal to amend several group standards on lead requirements for paints and graphic materials. Comments are accepted until January 26, 2024.
In October 2023, the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) announced proposed changes to reduce the risks from lead in corrosion inhibitors and graphic materials such as crayons, finger paints and felt-tip pens that are used by children.
The proposal seeks to revise several group standards:
- Six aerosol group standards
- Six corrosion inhibitor group standards
- One graphic materials group standard
- 24 surface coatings and colorants group standards
Highlights of the proposed changes are summarized in Table 1
|Highlights of proposed changes
|1 ‘Lead limit in paints covered by the Surface Coatings and Colorants Group Standards and Aerosols Group Standards to 90 ppm
|2 ‘Add lead limits to the Corrosion Inhibitors Group Standards’
|3 ‘Require evidence of compliance with lead levels where relevant’
|4 ‘Update element migration limits in graphic materials’
|5 ‘Update references to the AS/NZS ISO 8124.3:2003 standard
|6 ‘Amend group standards so all graphic materials marketed to children are only covered by the Graphic Materials Group Standard’
|7 ‘Remove the notification requirement from the Graphic Materials Group Standard’
Comments will be accepted until January 26, 2024
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