27 April 2018
Brazil Strengthens Oversight of Lead Content Limit in Paint
The Brazilian Congress has approved a new law that provides greater enforcement tools to ensure compliance with the lead content limit for children’s, home and school paint as well as varnishes and similar materials for surface coatings. Law 11.762 of 1 August 2008 established a maximum lead limit of 0.06 percent by weight and the new regulation, Decree 9315 of 20 March 2018, provides Brazil’s National Institute of Technology, Normalisation and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) with administrative oversight authority to oversee compliance with that standard.
In addition, the decree provides INMETRO with authority to expand the lead requirements for these products and issue import permits and collect product samples to verify compliance. Moreover, importers of subject merchandise may be asked by INMETRO to disclose lead testing performed by authorised laboratories to demonstrate compliance with the limit.