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Complying with Lead Regulations

A Proactive Approach to Brand Protection

BUSINESS CHALLENGE

Lead is a known toxic substance that is frequently used in manufacturing of paints, plastics, dyes and ceramics. In today’s marketplace, increased consumer concern about lead in products is driving retailers and manufacturers to re-evaluate both their quality assurance processes and products for the potential presence of lead and other chemicals of high concern. Recently, a number of products in the retail market have been identified as containing excessive levels of lead per federal requirements, resulting in costly recalls. Overall, the key challenge is to know what chemical substances are in your products, as well as the regulatory restrictions related to these substances. The risk is not knowing what is in your product.

SOLUTION

Lead is regulated under federal, state and industry mandates; therefore businesses should have a thorough knowledge of the regulatory environment. As companies operate in a complex global supply chain environment, compliance requires a vigilant and multi-pronged approach that goes beyond cursory testing on finished products. Key components of a comprehensive program include: • Knowledge of regulations and industry standards relating to the countries you produce in or distribute to • Understanding your products and the chemicals used to produce them and present in them • Effectively communicating your policy and requirements related to traceability of substances within your company and full supply chain • Implementing a robust supply chain monitoring program

WHY CHOOSE BUREAU VERITAS?

Reputation For over 30 years, we have worked successfully with top manufacturers and retailers around the world to help them better manage risk and regulatory compliance. Worldwide Locations With locations close to sourcing areas in over 40 countries, we offer you the convenience of global coverage with local service where you need it. Technical Knowledge & Leadership Our staff participate in the development of international, industry and regulatory standards worldwide, keeping you and us at the forefront of changes in safety requirements and testing methods. Personalized Service At Bureau Veritas, we are committed to meeting your evolving needs and helping you anticipate new market trends. We offer you customized and specialized services to meet your quality assurance needs throughout your supply chain. Providing you with the highest level of service is a priority for us.

FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Why is lead so highly regulated?

    Lead has long been recognized as a hazard to consumers. Lead is a highly toxic substance, exposure to which can produce a wide range of negative health effects. These effects include neurological damage, delayed mental and physical development, attention and learning deficiencies, and hearing problems. Lead accumulates in the body, so even exposures to small amounts of lead can contribute to the overall accumulation of lead in the blood and to the subsequent risk to a person’s health.

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