Nickel Release | Directive 2004/96/EC

Nickel and its compounds may pierce the skin and cause allergic contact dermatitis. The EU Directive 2004/96/EC was issued on 27 September 2004 to restrict the use of nickel in consumer products that may have contact with skin such as buttons, fashion jewellery, sunglasses and belt buckles. After REACH took into force, the directive was replaced by the Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH). Nickel release was then added to the REACH Annex XVII - REACH Restriction List.

Requirements of REACH Restriction on Nickel Release

Products Limits
Any post assemblies which are inserted into pierced ears and other pierced parts of the human body 0.2μg/cm2/week (migration)
Articles intended to come into direct and prolonged contact with the skin 0.5μg/cm2/week


Our Nickel Release Testing Services

CIRS offers Nickel release testing services in compliance with the latest safety standards of individual countries and regions. Nickel release testing is also one part of our integrated testing solutions for textile and toy industry. For more information, please go to:

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Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service(CIRS) is a leading provider of toxic and hazardous substances testing and chemical regulatory consulting services with a strong focus on chemical compliance.

CIRS's testing lab located in mainland China has acquired the qualifications of China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) and CMA and follows the ISO/IEC 17025.


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