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Lead in Paint

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

IPEN is hosting an International Toxics Metal Skillshare in Minamata, Japan:

  • International Toxic Metals Skillshare: 3 & 4 October, 2013 (42 participants from 26 countries)
  • International Minamata Symposium: 5 & 6 October, 2013 (convened by IPEN and Citizens Against Chemicals Pollution)

IPEN will also attend meetings convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kumamoto, Japan:

  • Mercury Treaty Preparatory Meeting: 7 & 8 October, 2013
  • Diplomatic Conference (Conference of Plenipotentiaries): 9 - 11 October, 2013


Since 2007, NGOs associated with the IPEN network have collected and analyzed decorative paints for sale on the market in 30 developing countries and countries with economies in transition. In every one of these countries, if there was no national law or regulation in force to control the lead content of paints, the majority of the enamel decorative paints for sale on the market contained lead levels above 600 parts per million (ppm). Many of the paints contained more than 10,000 ppm lead and would be prohibited for sale or use in virtually all highly industrial countries.

08 March 2010, Colombo- This refers to the Lead in Decorative paints Global Study conducted by the Toxics Link and International POPs Elimination Network in collaboration with the Centre for Environmental Justice, Sri Lanka and other organisations in ten countries.

06th April 2010, Colombo- As a result of the continuous research on lead in paint, Centre for Environmental Justice found another three paint brands with high lead levels including a brand which has obtained the SLS standard.

Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand (EARTH) collaborated with the Foundation for Consumers to publish information about the Global Study on Lead in New Decorative Paints and the testing results in Smart Buyers magazine. The issue highlights EARTH's opinions, the general situation about lead in paint in Thailand, some updates about the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), and an introduction to IPEN.

The Rama Hospital Press release is a document made and distributed by the Children Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Research Center (CSPIPRC) to the press on February 10, 2010, which was the day Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand (EARTH) held a press conference. The main text of the document briefly reports on the study ‘Risk of Children Exposed to Lead in Paint and the Possible Solutions: A Medical Study of Bangkok Metropolitan’s Pre-School Child Care Centers”. The researchers were Dr. Chantima Jaiphan and Asso. Prof. Dr. Adisak Palittapholkarnphim from CSPIPRC.


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