Jewellery safety - nickel, lead and cadmium

Nickel, lead and cadmium in jewellery are covered by legislation - products that come into direct and prolonged contact with the skin (for example, earrings, wristwatches, rivets and zips) must not release nickel more quickly than a specific rate. There are additional specific rules for post assemblies for use in piercings, and some lower tolerances for products with just a nickel coating. Cadmium and lead are toxic and  therefore are also subject to restrictions.

If you are not the manufacturer or importer, you should check with your supplier that the products comply with the Regulations. This could involve asking to see test certificates, or auditing your suppliers if you are a large retailer. If you are a manufacturer or importer, you would normally be expected to have tested your products to ensure that they comply.

In the guide
The legislation
Nickel, lead and cadmium
Nickel in products
Lead in products
Cadmium in products
What should I do to make sure I comply?
Penalties

 

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