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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.

  • 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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  • 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

    As of 30 September 2019, 73 countries have legally binding controls to limit the production, import and sale of lead paints, which is 38% of all...

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    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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  • 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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