Canada Approved Children’s Jewellery Regulations (SOR/2018-82)

On 2nd May 2018, Canada’s Department of Health has published SOR/2018-82 Children’s Jewelry Regulations, which shall repeal SOR/2016-168 Children’s Jewelry Regulations. All the proposed provisions have been approved, and shall come into force on 2 November 2018.

The main updates in SOR/2018-82 include:

  1. Children’s jewelry shall not contain more than 90 mg/kg of lead.
  2. Children’s jewelry shall not contain more than 130 mg/kg of cadmium if the jewelry item is small enough to be totally enclosed in the small parts cylinder when a force of not more than 4.45 N is applied.

The current regulations restrict the lead content in children’s jewelry items under 15 years of age to 600 mg/kg total lead and 90 mg/kg migratable lead, but do not include any limit on cadmium. The upcoming restriction replaces the lead limits with a single total limit of 90 mg/kg, and adds a 130 mg/kg total cadmium limit for children’s jewelry items with small parts. Health Canada comments the newly introduced 130 mg/kg cadmium limit is comparable to the EU’s 100 mg/kg for costume jewelry.