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Nickel: Harmonization of Updated Test Method for Simulation of Accelerated Wear and Corrosion

Learn more about the harmonization of test methods for abrasion and corrosion for nickel according to REACH restriction.

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June 29, 2021

The European Commission (EC) published a new list of harmonized standards on April 20, 2021, to be used as test methods for demonstrating conformity of nickel products that come into contact with human skin. In particular, the updated test method refers to simulation of accelerated wear and corrosion for the detection of nickel release from coated items. This category, which includes products such as jewelry, accessories and spectacles frames, corresponds to products subject to restriction of Entry 27 of Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). This new publication replaces the previous list of standards published in 2017.

Major Changes in Test Method for Demonstrating Conformity of Nickel 

Changes introduced in this version include:

  • Updating normative references 
  • Adding clarification of articles covered by the scope of the document
  • Adding clarification of concentration of the lactic acid stock solution
  • Revising requirements for granules
  • Updating point A.3 dealing with spectacles frames

EN 12472:2020, the method for the simulation of accelerated wear and corrosion for the detection of nickel release from coated items, is now applicable, instead of the previous version (EN 12472:2005+A1:2009).

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