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).
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.
- Sarah Sheffield
Risk Management Bureau
Consumer Product Safety Directorate
Healthy Environments Consumer Safety Branch
- Telephone number: 613-941-2542
- Email address: CPS-SPC@hc-sc.gc.ca
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