REACH Annex XVII Restricts Lead in Jewelry

Recently, a number of amendments were made to the scope and restricted substances under ANNEX XVII of REACH. The amendments included, amongst others, an expansion of the prohibition of mercury in devices for professional use and a new restriction for lead in jewelry.

Online PR News – 18-October-2012 – Germany – On 18-19 September 2012, the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) published four amendments to ANNEX XVII of REACH. These amendments included:
• an expansion of scope to mercury under entry 18a
• a revision to the list of synthetic polymers for cadmium under entry 23
• a new entry 62 to prohibit 5 phenylmercury compounds (reported as mercury)
• a new entry 63 to restrict lead and lead compounds in jewelry

Highlights of the new amendments are summarized below.

Regulation (EU) 835/2012
Scope / Amendment: Amendment to list of synthetic polymers in the manufacture of articles and mixtures.
Requirement: Equal or less than 0.01 % (100 mg/kg)
Effective date: September 19, 2012

Regulation (EU) 836/2012
Scope / Amendment:
i. Jewelry, imitation jewelry and hair accessories including
• Bracelets, necklaces and rings
• Piercing jewelry
• Wrist watches and wrist-wear
• Brooches and cufflinks
ii. Components used to manufacture jewelry
Requirement: Equal or less than 0.05 % (500 mg/kg)
Effective date: October 9, 2013

Regulation (EU) 847/2012
Scope / Amendment: Expansion of prohibition to mercury containing devices intended for industrial and professional use, e.g. barometers and similar devices.
Requirement: Prohibited
Effective date: April 10, 2014

Phenylmercury compounds (as mercury)
Regulation (EU) 848/2012
Scope / Amendment:
i. Substance and in mixtures
ii. Article or part thereof
Requirement: Equal or less than 0.01% of mercury by weight
Effective date: October 10, 2017

Throughout the global network of laboratories, SGS is able to provide a range of services, including analytical testing and consultancy for restricted substances in consumer products including lead in jewelry ( for the EU and international markets.

Please do not hesitate to contact the SGS experts for further information.

Contact details:

SGS Consumer Testing Services
Kris Wan
Global Softlines Development Office
SGS Hong Kong Limited
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Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

t.: +852 27747492

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