Canada Strengthens Restrictions on Lead and Cadmium with New Children’s Jewelry Regulations

Top Quote Canada has introduced new restrictions on the use of lead and cadmium in children’s jewelry. The new restrictions come into effect on November 2, 2018. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 26, 2018 - Canada has published new regulations to restrict the use of lead and cadmium in children’s jewelry products. Issued on May 2, 2018, the Children’s Jewellery Regulations: SOR/2018-82 are completely new but essentially mirror the amendments to SOR/2016-168 proposed in December 2016.

    While SOR/2016-168 does not regulate cadmium, it does regulate lead content (total lead) and migratable lead in jewelry for children aged under fifteen. The restrictions come under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). Canada has also previously appealed to children’s jewelry manufacturers to voluntarily phase out cadmium and cadmium-related materials, in October 2010, and issued proposals to regulate cadmium content to no more than 130 mg/kg, in July 2011.

    Although there are currently no regulatory limits for cadmium, Health Canada has taken action, under the general prohibitions in the CCPSA, when children’s jewelry was found to exceed the recommended limit.

    The primary changes between SOR/2016-168 and SOR/2018-82 are:
    • Lead content reduced to less than or equal to 90 mg/kg (down from less than or equal to 600 mg/kg)
    • Cadmium content restricted to less than or equal to 130 mg/kg in jewelry items that are small enough to be totally enclosed in a small parts cylinder when a force of not more than 4.45 N is applied

    The new regulations do exempt merit badges, medals for achievement and other similar objects worn occasionally.

    The new regulations will come into effect on November 2, 2018, and stakeholders are advised to check their products are compliant with the new legislation to ensure continuous compliance.

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