Israel extends exemption for lead content in bathroom taps. Maximum limit of 0.25% will apply after March 2021


Israel has extended the grace period for an exemption on permissible levels of lead in metal products that are in contact with tap water not intended for drinking.

In 2016, the country updated the voluntary standard 5452, to require that all products in contact with drinking water – pipes, faucets, fixtures and household drinking water systems – contain no more than 0.25% of lead. It was set to come into force for plastic products in 2018 and for metal products in 2020.

But importers and manufacturers requested that products such as bathroom faucets and taps for hand-washing, which release tap water not intended for drinking, be exempt from the requirements. The entry into force of the standard for these products was delayed for four months, until 30 June.

Last month, Israel’s standards bureau announced that, because of a large remaining inventory of lead-containing faucets and “after consulting health and economic professionals”, it has decided to extend this deadline by eight months, until 1 March 2021. The exemption does not apply to products manufactured after 1 July.

The country notified the WTO of the extension on 26 March.

Chemical Watch, 2 April 2020