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Brazil implements measures to restrict cadmium and lead in jewellery. The effective date is dependent on the economic operator category and will start on 26 January, 2019.

In March 2015, we informed you that Brazil sought public comments for a proposal to restrict lead and cadmium in jewellery. [1]

On 26 January 2016, Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade E Technologia, INMETRO) published Ordinance No. 43 of 22 January, 2016 in the Official Journal of the Federal Government of Brazil (Potario No. 43, de 22 Janeiro de 2016, Diário Oficial da União (DOU). [2] This Ordinance restricts lead and cadmium in jewellery and components for manufacturing jewellery.

According to the new law, jewellery is defined as an adornment which may be in contact with the human body during use, such as:

  • Adornments worn on the wrist, including watches
  • Bracelets, cufflinks, earrings

  • Hair accessories, necklaces, piercing objects and rings

    This law exempts internal components of watches and similar products that are inaccessible to the consumer.

    The effective date is dependent on the category of economic operators:

    • 26 January, 2019 for manufacturers and importers

    • 26 January, 2021 for retailers and wholesalers

    Highlights of this new legislation are summarised in Table 1.

    Table 1

    Ordinance No. 43 of 22 January, 2016 (Potario No. 43, de 22 Janeiro de 2016)
    Substance Scope Requirement Effective Date
    Cadmium Jewellery < 0.01%

    26 January 2019 (Manufacturers and importers),

    26 January 2021 (Retailers and wholesalers)

    Lead < 0.03%

    Throughout our global network of laboratories, we are able to provide a range of services, including materials composition and analytical testing for restricted substances including; California Proposition 65, California metal – containing jewellery law, ASTM F2923, CPSIA, US State laws and EU REACH. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or visit our website.

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