The WTO has circulated a proposal from Vietnam to regulate lead in paint products. It is proposed that the draft technical regulation is adopted in December 2020.

SAFEGUARDS | HardgoodsNO. 155/20

 SG 15520 Paint

On October 6, 2020, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced a draft technical regulation from Vietnam on its intention to regulate lead content in paints. The draft technical regulation, attached to WTO document 20-6817, contains serval important provisions:

  1. Defining the methods for sampling and lead determination
  2. Reducing the lead content limit from 600 ppm to 90 ppm over a three-year period
  3. Labeling to be carried out in accordance with Decree No 43/2017/ND-CP

According to the definitions in the draft technical regulation, paint is a material in the form of a liquid, a paste or a powder which, after coating a thin layer on the surface of the material, turns into a solid film firmly adhering to that surface, capable of protecting, decorating and having specific properties as required.

Per the WTO document, the draft technical regulation is proposed to be adopted in December 2020 and proposed to enter into force in 2021.

Highlights of the draft technical regulation is summarized in Table 1.

WTO Document Number 20-6817 of October 6, 2020
Vietnam National Technical Regulations on Limiting Lead Content in Paints, QCVN:2020/BCT
Substance Scope Method Requirement Effective Date
Lead Paint products
TCVN 2090:2015 (ISO 15528:2013)

≤ 600 ppm 
Date this Circular takes effect
≤ 90 ppm 
Within 3 years of the effective date of this Circular

Table 1

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