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Lead is highly concerned toxic chemicals worldwide and it has been restricted in jewelries since 9 Oct 2013 in EU. Since then, recalls on lead content in jewelries are found in regular basis in EU.

Due to the high concern on lead exposure to general public and especially children, EU finally published on 23 Apr 2015 a new regulation on restriction of lead used in consumer products under Regulation (EU) 2015/628 amending REACH Annex XVII.

Under the new regulation, products shall comply with the requirements of either lead content or release of lead. The new regulation will be effective on 1 June 2016.

Below is the summary of the scope of the regulation and requirements:

Lead Articles and part of articles where accessible parts are normal or reasonably foreseeable to be placed in the mouth by children*
≤ 0.05%
≤ 0.05 μg/g/h

* Exception

  • Crystal glass as defined in Annex I (categories 1, 2, 3 and 4) to Directive 69/493/EEC
  • Non-synthetic or reconstructed precious and semi-precious stones
  • Enamels, defined as vitrifiable mixtures resulting from the fusion, vitrification or sintering of mineral melted at a temperature of at least 500 °C;
  • Articles or parts of articles comprising alloys provided the brass alloy is no more than 0.5% lead
  • Keys and locks, including padlocks, musical instruments, tips of writing instruments, religious articles
  • Portable zinc-carbon batteries and button cell batteries
  • Articles within the scope of:

    A. Packaging Directive 94/62/EC
    B. Food Contact Regulation (EC) 1935/2004
    C. Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC
    D. RoHS Recast Directive 2011/65/EU

SGS can offer the testing on both lead content and release of lead to provide you with solution on complying with the new EU requirements.

Get a copy in PDF version: European Union Sets Limit on Lead in Consumer Products