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EU: REACH annex XVII restriction – EC adopted EN 1811:2023 for Nickel release

DECEMBER 2023 - ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS, HARDLINES, SOFTLINES, TOYS AND CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS

On 20 December 2023, the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) has published the Commission Communication (C/2023/1064)1 for the titles and references of European standards, which should be used to demonstrate compliance of nickel under entry 27 of Annex XVII of REACH. A recent publication of EN 1811:2023 has been adopted by the European Commission (EC) and became effective on the date of OJEU publication. 

According to REACH Annex XVII entry 27, the standards published by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) should be used to demonstrate compliance of nickel release. The EC website2 will later include this updated information. 

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

European standardisation organisation (ESO)
Reference and title of the standard
Reference of superseded standard
CEN EN 1811:2023

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+A1:2015
CEN

EN 12472:2020

Method for the simulation of wear and corrosion for the detection of nickel release from coated items

EN 12472:2005+A1:2009
CEN

EN 16128:2015

Ophthalmic optics — Reference method for the testing of spectacle frames and sunglasses for nickel release

EN 16128:2011

 

[1] Commission Communication C/2023/1064

[2] Commission website for REACH restrictions


 

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