Hong Kong, China, March 04, 2014 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Brazil has introduced legislation to restrict cadmium in toys, jewelry and accessories. The proposed effective date is date of publication in the Official Journal.
In November 2013, the Brazil National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) reported that a shipment of 16 tons of cadmium-containing jewelry was detained at the Port of Rio de Janeiro. Although the high concentrations of cadmium found in these products did not present an imminent and significant risk to the public, the four regulatory agencies (i-iv) decided to explore the potential restriction of cadmium in jewelry (1).
Regulatory Agencies Proposing Cadmium Restriction
i. Ministry of Health
ii. National Consumer Protection Authority (SENACON)
iii. National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) and
iv. National Institute of Technology, Normalization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO)
In late November 2013, Brazil introduced bill PL 6786/2013 to regulate cadmium content in jewelry as well as toys and accessories (2). The proposal would restrict cadmium content to no more than 300 mg/kg (0.03%). The proposed effective date is the date of publication in the DiárioOficial da União (Federal Official Gazette of Brazil).
Highlights of the proposal are summarized in Table 1 (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/000006/sgs-safeguards...pdf) within the latest SafeGuardS bulletin.
(1) Nota conjunta da Anvisa e Senaconsobrecádmioembijuterias da China, 22 November 2013, ANVISA, (http://portal.anvisa.gov.br/wps/content/anvisa+portal/anvisa/inicio/saneantes/...)
(2) PL 6786/2013, (http://www.camara.gov.br/proposicoesWeb/fichadetramitacao?idProposicao=601625&ord=1) and references therein
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