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On January 13, 2017, Commission Communication 2017/C 011/02 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (EU) to harmonize the list of methods for demonstrating presumption of conformity with nickel falling under entry 27 to Annex XVII of REACH.

This Communication contains three methods:
  1. EN 1811:2011 + A1:2015 “Reference test method for release of nickel from all post assemblies that are inserted into pierced parts of the human body and articles intended to come into direct and prolonged contact with the skin”
  2. EN 12472:2005 + A1:2009 “Method for the simulation of wear and corrosion for the detection of nickel release from coated items”
  3. EN 16128:2015 “Ophthalmic optics – reference method for the testing of spectacle frames and sunglasses for nickel release”.  The scope of this standard applies to spectacle frames, ready-to-wear spectacles, sunglasses and other items for eye and face protection
The effective dates for the three methods are summarized as below
method for nickel under entry 27 of annex xvii of reach
Standard EN 1811:2011 + A1:2015 EN 12472:2015 + A1:2009 EN 16128:2015
Effective date for demonstrating presumption of conformity In force In force January 13, 2017


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