New Mandatory Jewelry Standard to Come into Force in China

The China National Standard for jewelry GB 28480-2012 specifies a number of chemical parameters for both children’s and adult jewelry. The effective date was 1 May 2013.

Online PR News – 28-October-2013 – Oct 28, 2013 Hong Kong, China – On 29 June 2012, the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) and the State Administration for Quality Supervision and Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) published the mandatory standard GB 28480: 2012 ‘Adornment – Provision for limit of baneful elements’ (1). The standard has been in effect since 1 May 2013.

Under the new standard, a number of chemical requirements are specified for metal components in both adult and children’s jewelry products, including heavy metals content and nickel release. The standard also indicates that if specific national standards or requirements for toxic elements are applicable for materials other than metal, such materials are obliged to comply with these standards.

The standard has, from the effective date, a 1-year transitional period for the requirements for arsenic, mercury, lead and chromium (VI) content for non-precious metal jewelry and ornament products
Highlights of the new standard are summarized in Table 1 within the latest SafeGuards bulletin (


(1) GB 28480-2012 ‘Adornment – Provision for limit of baneful elements’ (

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