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On September 13th, 2019 California’s legislature passed SB 647, a bill to reduce lead content limits for certain materials used to make jewelry, lower the permissible amounts of lead and cadmium in surface coatings for children’s jewelry and expand the definition of ‘children’ to include those under 15 years of age.

Specifically, the bill specifies the following:

  • Expansion of the definition of a ‘child’ from children six years of age and younger, to person under 15 years of age
  • For children’s jewelry, the lead requirements will be 0.009% (90 ppm) of lead by weight for surface coatings and 0.01% (100 ppm) of lead by weight for accessible components of a children’s jewelry
  • For adult jewelry, on and after June 1, 2020, the bill will reduce the lead content limits for electroplated metal, unplated metal, and a dye or surface coating to 0.05% (500 ppm) of lead by weight and will reduce the lead content limit for plastic or rubber to 0.02% (200 ppm) of lead by weight.
  • Certification requirements are also amended as specified in Section 25214.3.1.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has approved the bill on September 27th, 2019.

Source URL: Senate Bill No. 647