Regulatory Initiative: Amendments to the Children's Jewellery Regulations - Forward Regulatory Plan 2018-2020

Title or working title of the regulatory initiative

Amendments to the Children's Jewellery Regulations

Description of the objective

Health Canada is proposing to amend the Children’s Jewellery Regulations to provide further protections from lead exposure and add protections to children from cadmium exposure.

Lead and cadmium are toxic heavy metals which build up in the body. Lead is harmful to the intellectual development and behaviour of children. Children may be exposed to harmful, even fatal amounts of lead if they chew, suck or swallow jewellery made with lead. Severe cases of lead poisoning have been associated with children's jewellery. The harmful effects from cadmium occur after swallowing jewellery made with cadmium.

The objectives of this proposal are to reduce children's exposure to lead and cadmium by amending the Children's Jewellery Regulations to restrict the total lead concentration in children's jewellery to 90 mg/kg and to restrict the total cadmium concentration to 130 mg/kg for any children's jewellery that can be totally enclosed in a small parts cylinder (i.e. small enough to be swallowed by a child).

Enabling Act

Canada Consumer Product Safety Act

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

Canadians had the opportunity to provide comments on the regulatory proposal during the Canada Gazette, Part I public comment period, which started on December 3, 2016 and lasted 75 days.

Information on previous consultations and details on upcoming opportunities for consultation in the area of Consumer Products can be found on the Health Canada website.

Departmental contact

  • Sarah Sheffield
    Project Officer
    Risk Management Bureau
    Consumer Product Safety Directorate
    Healthy Environments Consumer Safety Branch
    Health Canada

For More Information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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