Chromium (VI), also known as Hexavalent Chromium, can be an undesirable by-product of chrome leather tanning. It can be formed in leather through the oxidation of Chromium (III) compounds that occur within or after the tanning process from inadequate chemical treatment during finishing or due to environmental conditions. Chromium (VI) is allergenic and can lead to contact dermatitis if it comes into contact with sensitised skin. Certain Chromium (VI) compounds are classified as carcinogenic, primarily if inhaled. Aside from the impact of Chromium (VI) on people and the environment, businesses are also directly affected by regulations prohibiting its presence in tanned leather.
Testing your products for Chromium (VI) can prevent unsafe products from reaching the market. By testing your products, you can maintain your competitive edge and avoid the pitfalls of non-compliance including harm to consumers, costly product recalls, potential litigation and the associated negative publicity.
TÜV SÜD’s experts offer supplier training through comprehensive programmes to train tanneries and manufacturers on the proper methods to prevent Chromium (VI) build-up during processing, storage and transportation.
We are a trusted authority on testing and can ensure that your lab adheres to EU and international stringent regulatory requirements.
TÜV SÜD offers a wide scope of accredited testing and certification services which are widely recognised around the world.
As a member of the CADS, an initiative led by the German footwear industry, TÜV SÜD is uniquely positioned to receive the most up-to-date and relevant information from the industry, for the benefit of its clients. Furthermore, being a member of the Leather Working Group (LWG), we seek to promote advances in the leather manufacturing industry by creating alignment on environmental priorities and bringing visibility of guidelines to our clients.
Our professional and technically qualified engineers are active in national and international technical committees for product safety.