The new requirement prohibits the placing on the market of leather articles and articles containing leather parts if the content of chromium VI is equal to or greater than 3 mg/kg of the total dry weight of leather in the leather article or the leather parts. The restriction will apply to leather parts that under normal or foreseeable use come into contact with the skin. The restriction will not apply to products that are sold as second hand items

The restriction, which will be added to Annex XVII of REACH, should be implemented in 2014.

Testing

For more information about chrome VI testing and legislation please contact info@blcleathertech.com or call +44 (0) 1604 679999. BLC are UKAS accredited for chrome VI testing to BS EN ISO 17075:2007 – the only recognised standard for chrome VI analysis.