Validation Workshop on the Paint Reformulation Guidelines

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The GEF-funded Project 9771 Global Best Practices on Emerging Policy Issues of Concern under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) aims to accelerate the adoption of national and value chain initiatives to control Emerging Policy Issues (EPIs) and contribute to the 2020 SAICM goal and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

The goals of the lead in paint component are to work with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) paint manufacturers to conduct pilot demonstration projects to phase out lead from their production processes and to promote the establishment of lead paint laws by governments. The planned outcome is for 40 countries to legislate and implement legislation to restrict the use of lead paint and for at least 50 paint SMEs to phase out lead from their production processes.

Through nationally focused interventions and under the leadership of the National Cleaner Production Center (NCPC) of Serbia, the project targeted selected SMEs to demonstrate the replacement of lead-based paint additives with non-lead alternatives using draft technical guidelines on paint reformulation developed by NCPC Serbia. This publication has been pilot tested during the reformulation process and is being fine-tuned, with examples of lead paint reformulation in these SMEs. NCPC Serbia is leading this work in five countries, including Jordan, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, China, assisted by the national NCPCS. The International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) worked with its partners in Indonesia and Nigeria towards the same goal. Additionally, a number of global raw material suppliers provided lead-free compounds and technical assistance for SMEs to achieve reformulation to lead-additive-free paint. As of December 2020, the project partners worked with 35 SMEs in seven countries.

As the reformulation process is soon to be completed in many SMEs, an online workshop is organized to provide a space for the main stakeholders to exchange their experiences, share best practices and lessons learned. The future of paint reformulation is also being addressed. Presenters include representatives of all NCPCs, and IPEN partners' organizations involved.


The workshop aims to:

  • To assess the progress of the work with the SMEs,
  • To discuss the barriers and lessons learned from the work on reformulation,
  • To consolidate feedback from the partners on the Reformulation Guidelines,
  • Discuss and validate the final draft of the Reformulation Guidelines,
  • Discuss plan for future dissemination of the Reformulation Guidelines to promote SME engagement and reformulation.

Operating Details

Workshop moderator:

  • Dr. Branko Dunjić, NCPC Serbia director

Invited participants:

  • SAICM Lead Paint Project Partners: UNEP, WHO, IPEN, ABA-ROLI, US EPA, The National Cleaner Production Centers (NCPCs) of Jordan, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and China, SraDev (Nigeria), Nexus3 Foundation (Indonesia) and the World Coating Council (WCC)

Working Language: English

Event details

  • April 21-22, 2021

  • MS Teams