IPEN has demonstrated that leaded paints for home use continue to be widely produced, sold and used in developing countries despite the fact that most highly industrial countries banned leaded house paints more than 40 years ago. IPEN’s global campaign to eliminate leaded paint raises awareness that childhood exposure remains a serious problem and has catalyzed national activity in a number of developing countries to eliminate leaded paint and protect children.
Since 2009, numerous studies have been conducted to assess lead levels in paint. IPEN-affiliated NGOs have conducted the majority of these, collecting and analyzing more than 2500 paints in more than 45 countries. Lead levels in paints in most of these countries were found to be high. Results from all lead paint studies conducted since 2009 can be seen at this map.
Since then, IPEN-affiliated NGOs have collected and analyzed more than 1,500 paint samples in 30 countries, and IPEN has assisted NGOs in establishing national lead paint elimination projects and programs.
Lead in Solvent-Based Paints for Home Use in:
- Armenia (2016)
- Belarus (2016)
- Cameroon (2016)
- Cameroon (2017)
- Colombia (2016)
- Côte d'Ivoire (2016)
- Ethiopia (2016)
- Georgia (2016)
- Kazakhstan (2016)
- Kenya (2017)
- Kyrgyzstan (2016)
- Malaysia (2016)
- Moldova (2016)
- Russia (2016)
- Taiwan (2016)
- Tajikistan (2016)
- Tanzania (2016)
- Tanzania (2017)
- Ukraine (2016)
- Vietnam (2016)
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
This report tells the story of how seven Asian countries succeeded in reducing lead levels in paint in their countries and highlights the project accomplishments in each country.
A report from IPEN presenting the results from a study of the lead content of oil-based enamel decorative paints available on the market.
A summary of test sample data of lead in paint in countries around the world.
A report from IPEN (made possible by funding from the European Union through the Switch Asia programme) presenting the results from a study of the lead content of oil-based enamel decorative paints available on the market in seven Asian countries.
A report from IPEN and UNEP on lead in paint in nine geographically diverse, developing countries.
This project includes reports on lead in paint from IPEN participating organizations in seven Asian countries.
An introductory guide to the issue of lead paint elimination
Global Lead Paint Elimination by 2020: A test of the effectiveness of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (2012)
Prepared for the third meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) in 2012, this report argues that the global elimination of all decorative paints in all countries of all regions by 2020 is an achievable objective.
A report from Toxics Link and IPEN on lead levels in paint in ten developing countries
IPEN Participating Organization Reports
Several IPEN Participating Organizations worked on issues related to lead in paint via IPEN’s International SAICM Implementation Project (ISIP). Please go here to see ISIP reports, and choose “lead” under the keywords menu.