Relevant for: Electrical & electronics, Hardlines, Softlines, Toys & children’s products
The European Union (EU) restriction on Chromium(VI) in leather was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 26 March 2014 as Regulation (EU) No 301/2014.
From 1 May 2015, leather articles and articles containing leather parts that come into contact with the skin cannot contain chromium(VI) in concentrations equal to or greater than 3 mg/kg of the total dry weight of the leather or the leather part. Second-hand articles that were already in end-use in the EU before that date are exempted.
No test method has been specified; however, EN ISO 17075 for the determination of chromium(VI) in leather is recommended as the restriction limit is based on this standard.
For further details on this restriction or chromium(VI) in leather, please refer to our previous issue of E-ssentials and the references therein.