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ECHA apologises for infographic error

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has apologised for an error in an infographic attributing cancer-causing attributes to leather goods and footwear because of chromium VI. Read More...

AQC presents laboratory working group results

The Association Pour Ľ Assurance Qualité Des Fabricants De Bracelets Cuir (AQC) has unveiled the results of its 5th Laboratories Working Group, which looked into the ability of testing labs to reproduce results on leather samples. Read More...

New from ATC in 2023

ATC provides an overview of its new leather chemicals for 2023, including wet-end, finishing and chrome VI removal and prevention products. Read More...

AQC launches chromium VI quick test

The Association Pour Ľ Assurance Qualité Des Fabricants De Bracelets Cuir (AQC) has announced a new rapid test to detect chromium VI in leather and leather watch straps.

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Talking Point

This month’s burning question: Has the leather industry helped create a negative perception among its customers and end consumers about leather that is tanned using chromium salts by adopting terms such as ‘metal-free’ and ‘FOC’? ILM asks key industry figures. 

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An update on chromium (VI) in leather methodology

The issue of chromium(VI) in leather has been debated for many years, but its significance has recently been raised due to newly proposed European legislation. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has proposed (12/4/19 – Annex XV Restriction Report Proposal for a Restriction Substance Name(s): Skin Sensitising Substances) that the limit should be lowered from its current 3 ppm limit to 1 ppm, so that the leather industry is in line with the textile industry. While the textile industry uses little chromium, mainly in dyestuffs, the leather industry faces detecting 1 ppm of chromium(VI) in a background of 20,000-40,000 ppm of chromium(III).

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