This map shows data on the status of national lead paint laws as provided by governments to UNEP and WHO, joint secretariat of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint. Information on an individual country’s lead paint law can be found by scrolling over each country. The year indicates when a country passed its lead paint law.


Lead paint law status


Lead paint law status
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Lead paint laws are legally binding control measures that can include statutes, regulations, and/or mandatory technical standards establishing a binding, enforceable limit on lead in paint with penalties for non-compliance. “Lead paint” is defined by the Alliance as a paint or a similar coating material to which one or more lead compounds have been added.

The regions are classified according to UNEP.

The primary source of data for this map is the  WHO Global Health Observatory, which should be referred to in case of any updates. Data on 2021 income level from the World Bank. Further information is available in the Update on the global status of legal limits on lead in paint, December 2021.

This data visualization was prepared under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) full-sized project 9771: Global best practices on emerging chemical policy issues of concern under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). This project is funded by the GEF, implemented by UNEP, and executed by the SAICM Secretariat.