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Around the world, in order to protect health and the environment, countries need to set in place and enforce effective national legislation, regulations and/or standards regarding chemicals of concern. The documents on this page are intended to help governments and industries create laws or adopt standards to limit the production, import, sale, and use of chemicals of concern.

  • Report
    Update on the Global Status of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint

    Update on the Global Status of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint

    The new 2020 Update on the Global Status of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint reports new laws, new tools, and new momentum on progress toward laws to...

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  • Infographic
    Interactive visualisation of the status of lead paint laws

    Interactive visualisation of the status of lead paint laws

    The interactive map shows the status of national lead paint laws as provided by governments to UNEP and WHO, Secretariat of the Global...

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  • Factsheets and brochures
    Suggested Steps for Establishing a Lead Paint Law

    Suggested Steps for Establishing a Lead Paint Law

    This fact sheet outlines steps that have been helpful in countries that have adopted lead paint laws. The steps are not necessarily sequential or...

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  • Policy document
    Model Law and Guidance for Regulating Lead Paint

    Model Law and Guidance for Regulating Lead Paint

    UN Environment, in cooperation with World Health Organization, United States Environment Protection Agency and other partners, has developed a...

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  • Project document
    National baseline information on lead paint in Jordan

    National baseline information on lead paint in Jordan

    The World Health Organization (WHO) with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has launched the initiative called "Global Alliance to...

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  • Project document
    National Baseline Survey of Paint Market in Peru

    National Baseline Survey of Paint Market in Peru

    United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have established the joint initiative Global Alliance to...

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  • Project document
    Baseline Information for the Lead Paint Country Situation in Nigeria

    Baseline Information for the Lead Paint Country Situation in Nigeria

    Lead in Nigerian paints is another route of lead into the environment and exposure can be caused as a result of inhalation or ingestion especially...

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  • Project document
    Market Analysis of the paint industry in Indonesia (English / Bahasa)

    Market Analysis of the paint industry in Indonesia (English / Bahasa)

    Elimination of Lead in Paint in Indonesia - Baseline Information - Indonesia’s paint marketIndonesia holds the first position as the biggest market...

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  • Project document
    Baseline paint market study in Ecuador (English / Spanish)

    Baseline paint market study in Ecuador (English / Spanish)

    The World Health Organization (WHO) with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has launched the initiative called "Global Alliance to...

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  • Project document
    Market Analysis of the Coating Industry in China

    Market Analysis of the Coating Industry in China

    China is a major producer of paints which supplies a considerable share of paints in the world. Key paint production hot spots were identified as...

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  • Factsheets and brochures
    Market Analysis of the paint industry in Colombia (Draft / Spanish only)

    Market Analysis of the paint industry in Colombia (Draft / Spanish only)

    Las pinturas se han convertido en parte esencial del estilo de vida de la sociedad moderna, el color de ellas es apetecido por sus funciones...

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  • Manuals and toolkits
    Process Considerations for Drafting Lead Paint Laws

    Process Considerations for Drafting Lead Paint Laws

    In response to questions received by the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint on roadmaps for developing regulations on lead content in paint,...

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  • Article
    Safer use of chemicals can help protect biodiversity

    Safer use of chemicals can help protect biodiversity

    From the smallest parasitic bacterium living in the bladder of a primate to the blue whale - biodiversity refers to the vast variety of life on...

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  • Manuals and toolkits
    Draft Technical Guidelines on Paint Reformulation

    Draft Technical Guidelines on Paint Reformulation

    These Technical Guidelines are developed to help address both capacity constraints and technical barriers to the substitution of lead compounds in...

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  • Website
    Lead levels in paint around the world

    Lead levels in paint around the world

    This interactive map provides country-specific data on lead paint levels around the world. Lead in paint is a major source of lead exposure for...

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  • Website
    Economic Costs of Childhood Lead Exposure in Low- & Middle-Income Countries

    Economic Costs of Childhood Lead Exposure in Low- & Middle-Income Countries

    This interactive map reflects the results of research by New-York University that estimates the economic costs linked to childhood lead exposure in...

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