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Philippines successfully completes phase-out of all lead-containing paints

Monday, 20 January 2020

The phase-out of lead-containing inks for industrial applications was completed in the Philippines at the turn of the year.

The phase-out phase for lead-containing paints was completed with the turn of the year. Image source: chones – Fotolia.com. (Symbol image)

The phase-out phase for lead-containing paints was completed with the turn of the year. Image source: chones – Fotolia.com. (Symbol image)

Under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order 2013-24, or the Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds, manufacturers of lead-containing paints for industrial uses were directed to phase out such paints by December 31, 2019. 

Lead-containing architectural, household and decorative paints were phased out at an earlier time on December 31, 2016. Lead paints are paints or other similar surface coatings containing lead compounds in excess of 90 parts per million (ppm).

"Unique government, industry and civil society collaboration"

"The conclusion of the phase-out period for lead-added industrial paints wraps up a positive process of replacing lead-based additives, particularly pigments, with non-lead raw materials for all paint formulations,” said Ely Kenneth Ong Sue, President of the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers (PAPM).  "The industry-wide shift to lead-free paint manufacturing is a superb way to usher in 2020.  It’s a milestone made possible by unique government, industry and civil society collaboration,” he added.

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