The move comes within a global shift
towards phasing out high lead concentration levels in paints.
Minister of Trade and Industry Nevine Gamea has
issued a decree limiting the concentration of lead in local and imported paint
and varnish to a maximum of 100 parts per million in base paint products and 5,000
parts per million in color ones.
Industrial facilities will be given a six-month
grace period to adjust their status, according to the decision which will enter
into effect as of its publication in the official gazette.
“The move comes within a global shift
towards phasing out high lead concentration levels in paints, being one of the
top 10 toxic elements,” said Khaled Soufy, head of the Egyptian Organization
for Standardization and Quality Control.