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On May 2nd, 2018, Canada Gazette has published new limits for toxic metals in children’s products to protect children from exposure to lead and cadmium.

The amended Children’s Jewellery Regulations (SOR/2018–82) and Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations (SOR/2018–83) under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) intends to:

  • Reduce the level of total allowable lead from 600 ppm to 90 ppm in children’s jewellery; and
  • Introduce a strict 130 ppm total cadmium limit in other children’s products intended for use by children between the ages of 3 years and under 14 years.

These changes are part of Health Canada’s Lead Risk Reduction Strategy for Consumer Products, which aims to help prevent lead exposure from products to which children are most likely to be exposed.

These new limits will be enforced on November 2nd, 2018.