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Lead in Enamel Decorative Paints in China

This report presents the results from a study of the total lead content of solvent-based enamel decorative paints available on the market in China. Although China already implemented regulations controlling lead content of paint for interior and decorative use in 2001, two studies since then (both published in 2009) showed that many solvent-based decorative paints still contained high levels of lead. This study was undertaken with an aim to increase information about the lead content of solvent-based enamel decorative paints available on the market in China in 2014.

Included in the report is background information on why the use of paints with high lead content is a source of serious concern, especially to children’s health; a review of national policy frameworks that are in place to ban or restrict the manufacture, import, sale and use of leaded household paints; and recommendations for taking action to protect children and others from lead in paint.

The study was conducted as part of the Asian Lead Paint Elimination Project (2012 - 2015).

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