American Coatings Association

IPPIC, ABRAFATI, and STAR Host Industry Workshops in Colombia to Support UN Lead Paint Alliance

Lead Paint Alliance


On Nov. 9-10, the International Paint and Painting Ink Council (IPPIC), the Brazilian Coatings Manufacturers Association (ABRAFATI), and the Andean Coatings Technical Society (STAR) hosted workshops for paint companies to learn more about the United Nations’ (UN) Lead Paint Alliance (LPA) and its efforts to eliminate the use of lead in paints and coatings.

The workshops were the first hosted by IPPIC and ABRAFATI, and were made possible with the support of STAR, which serves as a key communication resource for the paint industry in Colombia and throughout the Andean region. Nearly 100 industry technical staff attended, along with representatives from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) Clean Technologies Center, and local advocacy organizations.

IPPIC, for which ACA serves as Secretariat, provides a forum for information exchange and cooperation on the major issues and priorities facing the paint and printing ink industries worldwide. The UN Lead Paint Alliance (LPA) is a voluntary, global initiative operating under a joint Secretariat from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations’ Environmental Programme (UNEP). The LPA promotes legislation and regulation restricting the use of lead in paints, and includes some 50 participating entities — NGOs, governmental agencies, intergovernmental organizations and industry — that share an interest in lead risk reduction. ACA is represented in the LPA by IPPIC, which has a seat on the LPA Technical Advisory Group, currently chaired by U.S. EPA.

Held in Medellin and Bogota, the workshops featured briefings on three key topics: 1) IPPIC’s established position on lead paint restrictions and efforts in support of the LPA emphasizing engagement with governments; 2) a “case study” on established restrictions in Brazil and the opportunities for industry; and 3) technical formulation requirements.

Participants were very responsive to the message of establishing lead paint restrictions, in particular, the LPA’s current goal to address lead use in residential and decorative paints, where the acknowledged risk of children’s exposure is a global concern. While engagement of governments is critical to establishing a “level playing field,” industry participants were informed of a variety of ways to bring about enforceable restrictions including legislation, regulation, or formal voluntary agreements.

The success of these initial workshops has resulted in requests from other Andean countries for IPPIC to host additional events. Accordingly, IPPIC is looking for ways to package the workshop materials to allow for their delivery at upcoming industry events in the region, starting in early 2017.

IPPIC is comprised of members representing associations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, EU, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States. For information about IPPIC and the activities it is involved in on behalf of the global paint and coatings industry, go to

Contact ACA’s Steve Sides for more information.