According to China's WTO / TBT - SPS Notice Consulting Network, the first domestic "Water-borne Interior Wall Coatings for Children" was launched in Shanghai recently.
This is the first domestic standard for children's coatings, which strictly limits harmful substances in children's coatings products, improves environmental protection requirements, is conducive to standardizing the building coatings market, creating a fair competitive environment, so that consumers have more opportunities to choose high-quality water-based interior wall coatings. It is reported that the standard is "the most stringent in history" in terms of physical properties such as washing resistance (secondary), stain resistance, volatile organic compounds content, free formaldehyde, hexavalent chromium content and other chemical performance quantification indicators.
Children's paint is a rising in recent years, "designed for children" as a selling point of the product, known as "the best", "the most environmentally friendly". But experts in the industry say that most of the children's paints sold on the market are children's paints, selling high prices under the banner of "environmental protection", but the actual indicators are not much different from ordinary paints, so-called "zero formaldehyde volatilization" is just a promotional gimmick. Since children's coatings are not the national classification standard of coatings, and their environmental protection coefficient has no clear reference, the market supervision of children's coatings needs to be standardized. At the same time, experts remind consumers to consume rationally and avoid falling into the trap of businesses. From the perspective of children and family health, it is best to choose waterborne lacquer products.
The standard is led by the Shanghai Chemical Building Materials Industry Association, jointly formulated by the Shanghai Municipal Consumer Protection Commission and 18 leading enterprises in Shanghai paint industry.
Industry insiders also said that at present, the standard is not compulsory national standards, its popularity needs to be investigated.