Levels

The information presented here is, to the best of our knowledge, the current level or concentration of lead permitted in some selected products. Unless specified otherwise it is assumed that EU regulations still apply in the UK after Brexit.

If you are aware of any other, or newer information, please let us know.

Blood Lead Concentration

Children ≥10μg/dL (≥0.48μmol/L) being reduced to ≥5μg/dL (≥0.24μmol/L) in 2021

Adults ≥10μg/dL (≥0.48μmol/L)

Lead Exposure in Children Surveillance System

Paint

Lead carbonate and lead sulphate are prohibited from use in paint. No levels are specified – The Environmental Protection (Controls on Injurious Substances) Regulations 1992, The Controls on Dangerous Substances and Preparations Regulations 2006.

Water

10 µgPb/l at consumer taps – Drinking Water Inspectorate

Jewellery

≤ 0.05% lead. Crystal glass is exempted- EU Regulation No 836/2012

Ceramic Foodware

The regulations are derived from EU Council Directive (84/500/EEC) and apply to the amount of lead that can migrate from different kinds of articles using specific test methods. The Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (See Part 2)

Plates *

Dishes, bowls, cups *

Cookware, storage > 3L *

0.8 mg/dm2

4.0 mg/L

1.5 mg/L

* The legislation defines these types of articles precisely. These are approximations.

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Food Contact Materials

Materials which come into contact with food must not transfer their constituents to food in quantities which endanger human health. However, the quantities do not seem to be specified – EU regulation No 1935/2004.

Toys

The EU Directive 2009/48/EC as amended by Directive 2017/738 was adopted into UK law as The Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011.

The amount of lead that is permitted to migrate from a toy depends on the material. The migration test is specified in EN 71-3: 2013 + A3: 2018 and replicates immersion in stomach acid.

Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable

Liquid or sticky

Scraped-off

2.0 mg/kg

0.5 mg/kg

23 mg/kg

EU CE Marking