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Ref. : EIC 191/2

11 May 2018

Dear Sirs,

Commercial Information Circular No. 467/2018

Canada : Amendments to Children's Jewellery Regulations

Health Canada published a notice in the Canada Gazette Part II of 2 May 2018 to amend the Children's Jewellery Regulations (CJR) under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act to help protect children against serious risks to health from chewing, sucking or swallowing children's jewellery containing lead or cadmium by introducing a limit on total cadmium content and further restricting total lead levels in children's jewellery products to more protective levels.  The amendments will take into effect on 2 November 2018.  

2.The amendments to the CJR include:

  1. replace the current 600 mg/kg total lead limit and 90 mg/kg migratable lead limit with a 90 mg/kg total lead limit for all children's jewellery items; and
  2. add a limit of 130 mg/kg total cadmium for children's jewellery items which are small enough to be totally enclosed in a small parts cylinder.  (The small parts cylinder is an internationally recognized gauge used to determine whether an item can be swallowed by a child.)

3.For further details, please refer to the Gazette notice, which is available at


4.For enquiries about the content of this circular, please contact Mr Lewis LAU at telephone number 2398 5405.

Yours faithfully,

(Jasper LAM)
for Director-General of Trade and Industry

Note: While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, the Department cannot guarantee this to be so and will not be held liable for any reliance placed on the same.