Lead Safe Paint (Call for Public Comments)

Lead Safe Paint
Call for Public Comments
Paint Screening to Eliminate Added Lead
(Paint SEAL) Standard
The Philippine Association of Paint
Manufacturers (PAPM) and the EcoWaste Coalition propose to jointly launch a
certification program to reward companies with recognition for reformulating
paint products without added lead and to raise consumer awareness and provide
them with a useful tool to make informed choice.  Both organizations have worked
together along with other stakeholders to develop a voluntary certification program
that is simple, low-cost and accessible to all interested paint companies with
the intent of introducing the program in 2014.
The Philippines’ Department of Environment
and Natural Resources (DENR) has recently issued regulations restricting the
use of lead in paints to be phased in over the next three to six years.  This voluntary certification program is
anticipated to assist in that transition by providing consumers with a uniform
paint labeling logo that help promote paints without added lead. With this
effort, both the PAPM and the EcoWaste Coalition hope to contribute to the
effective implementation of the newly promulgated Chemical Control Order for
Lead and Lead Compounds issued by the DENR in December 2013.

This draft standard for paints without added lead was prepared by a
multi-stakeholder committee composed of paint industry representatives,
environmentalists, and academic, architectural and medical professionals. We
are now seeking wider input from a larger group of interested stakeholders
representing diverse interests before the certification criteria are finalized.
Please review this draft document and send any comments, questions or other
feedback no later than 15 February 2014 via email at paint.certification@gmail.com.

All comments will be reviewed and appropriately considered before the
certification standard for paints without added paints is finalized.
Note: The draft Paint Screening to Eliminate
Added Lead (Paint SEAL) Standard has been produced with the assistance of the
European Union under the Asian Lead Paint Elimination project. However,
the contents of the draft are the sole responsibility of the International POPs
Elimination Network (IPEN) and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of
the European Union.

File Link: Paint SEAL Standard.pdf 


  • This is a good start but it is not clear what actual steps that paint manufacturer should follow, contact info for instruction (for submitting samples and testing, then applying for the certification itself).