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Brazil has published a proposal which, if accepted, will strengthen its regulations on the use of lead in paints and other surface coating materials. The new law would effectively strengthen the lead content limit by approximately seven-fold – altering the requirement for lead (dry or non-volatile content) to ≤ 90 ppm.

The proposal document also includes a provision to allow the sale of paints and similar surface coating materials, that apply to current laws, to continue to be sold until stocks are exhausted. This applies to both products manufactured in Brazil and those imported into Brazil before the new law comes into effect.

The proposal contains exemptions for certain products. These are:

  • 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)

Under the terms of the proposal document, there will be three effective dates if/when the law is adopted.

  • One year after the law is published in the Diário Oficial da União (DOU), the new regulations will become effective for all paints and similar surface coatings except those listed below:
  • Three years after publication in the DOU, the rules will become effective for:

o Agriculture and industrial equipment

o Anticorrosive paint-based treatments

o Exclusively for artistic use

o Household appliances and metal furniture

o Industrial, agricultural and commercial metal structures

o Motor vehicles, airplanes, vessels and railway wagons

  • Five years after publication, the scope will cover traffic signaling and security equipment

Brazil circulated the new proposals via World Trade Organization (WTO) document number 17-7033 and notified under G/TBT/N/BRA/768. If accepted, it will repeal Law no. 11,762 of August 1, 2008.

Stakeholders have until February 5, 2018, to lodge comments concerning the proposal.

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