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EU REACH: The European Commission updates Nickel release testing method


The European Commission (EC) updates1 one of the testing methods for nickel release as EN 12742:2020 in April 2021. This is a test method for the simulation of accelerated wear and corrosion for the detection of nickel release from coated items. According to REACH Annex XVII entry 27, the standards published by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) should be used to demonstrate compliance with nickel release.

Previously, the EC updated the references of nickel release via the Commission Communication of the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). The last update2 was published in 2017. To simplify the process, the EC decided to publish such information via updating the Commission websites dealing with REACH restrictions. Table 1 shows the updated standard references for nickel release.

Table 1. References and titles of standards for REACH Annex XVII entry 27

European standardisation organisation
Reference and title of the standard Reference of superseded standard

EN 1811:2011+A1:2015

Reference test method for release of nickel from all post assemblies which are inserted into pierced parts of the human body and articles intended to come into direct and prolonged contact with the skin 
EN 1811:2011 
CEN EN 12472:2020 (NEW)
Method for the simulation of accelerated wear and corrosion for the detection of nickel release from coated items 
EN 12472:2005+A1:2009

EN 16128:2015

Ophthalmic optics – Reference method for the testing of spectacle frames and sunglasses for nickel release
EN 16128:2011 


[1]  EC updates the testing method of nickel release, see the section of nickel

[2]  Commission Communication updates references and titles of nickel release in 2017

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