No Lead




ESDO has been working for a specific regulation of lead free paint. In line with this, ESDO has been continuing policy advocacy since 2010.ESDO has prepared a draft regulatory frame work and guide line; that has submitted to the concern authority [Department of Environment (DOE)] which has been under their review for consideration. In addition according to our proposal the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution-BSTI has taken in account and already prepared a draft standard to fix up the limit of lead in Paint as

National Report Launching program

Updated status: at a glance

  • According to the national report of ESDO on “Lead in Paint- 2013”; within this year leading paint brands in Bangladesh with major market share had largely stopped producing paints containing more than 600 parts per    million (ppm) lead. 
  • All relevant government ministries have discussed and reviewed Draft Guidelines for a50 ppm and complete lead paint elimination.
  • In 2015, the Director General of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) told ESDO in a meeting that it would enforce a 50 ppm mandatory standard for lead in household enamel.
  • All relevant government ministries have discussed and reviewed Draft Guidelines for a 50 ppm and complete lead paint elimination.
  • In 2015, the Director General of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) told ESDO in a meeting that it would enforce a 50 ppm mandatory standard for lead in household enamel.

Based on ESDO’s most recent paint analysis, all paint from brands representing 84% of market share contained less than 90 ppm lead and would comply with the most stringent paint regulation anywhere in the world. Though the Bangladesh government has not yet established a mandatory standard and the 2015 study shows that some small manufacturers continue to produce paints with high lead content, there are promising developments that suggest regulation is coming soon. A national report has been produced focusing on details about the initiative ESDO has taken and it’s achievements which was launched and distributed on 6th June this year, 2015 at the press club.


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