openPR Logo
Press release

Improving Jewelry Safety In All Markets?

09-30-2016 09:47 AM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

Press release from: SGS

/ PR Agency: Sugarloaf Marketing
Jewelry products can be manufactured from a range of materials such as ceramics, crystals, enamels, glass, leather, metals and metal alloys. Jewelry can also feature paints and other surface coating materials and polymers.

In recent years, the issue of dangerous chemicals in jewelry products has resulted in adverse media coverage, formal investigations and market surveillance activities, as well as legislation. For example, the European Commission’s 2015 Rapid Alert System annual report for dangerous non-food products (Rapex) announced an increase in the number of notifications involving chemicals in fashion jewelry. Although fashion jewelry accounted for just 6% of the notifications in 2015, it was the second most notified product category posing a chemical risk.

In Canada, alarming levels of cadmium in children’s jewelry came into the spotlight in January 2016. The revelations of a CBC Marketplace investigation included items reported to contain up to 7,000 times the threshold guidelines from Health Canada, plus one jewelry component found to contain almost 100% cadmium.

In Brazil, legislation to regulate the use of lead and cadmium in jewelry came into force in 2016. The law was developed over the three years following the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) 2013 report about the detainment of a shipment of 16 tonnes of cadmium-containing jewelry at the Port of Rio de Janeiro. Legislation and standards for restricted substances in jewelry for international markets can be complex, and manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and retailers must understand the differences between markets and comply with them all. Jewelry is regulated in the European Union (EU), the United States (US), Canada, Brazil and China – although there can be very different specifications for identical restricted substances (or identical products) destined for different markets. In addition, the US and China impose distinct requirements for children’s jewelry and adult jewelry.

European Union
In the EU, jewelry products must conform to the chemical requirements as mandated by the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), Regulation (EC) 1907/2006.

This is a comprehensive piece of EU-wide legislation for the management of chemicals in all products, and its provisions governing the use of chemicals in jewelry are as follows:

• Restricted chemicals falling under Annex XVII of REACH include:
o Cadmium
o Chromium (VI)
o Lead
o Nickel (migration)
o Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
• Substances of very high concern (SVHCs) on the Candidate List for the purpose of:
o Article 7(2) of REACH ‘Notification of substances in articles’
o Article 33 of REACH ‘Duty to communicate information on substances in articles’

In addition to EU-wide legislation, jewelry products destined for a particular EU member state must also conform to any specific requirements mandated by the laws of that particular market.

United States
There are two American standards for jewelry: ASTM F2923 ‘Standard specification for consumer product safety for children’s jewelry’ (Rhode Island is the first state to adopt this standard) and ASTM F2999 ‘Standard consumer safety specification for adult jewelry’. Jewelry products intended primarily for children aged 12 and under are also regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA).

Across the nation, a host of jurisdictions regulate adult and/or children’s jewelry with unique specifications.

The laws for these jurisdictions are summarized in Table 1.

Table 1.
JURISDICTION LEGISLATION/CITATION
Federal Public Law 110-314 (CPSIA)
California • Health and Safety Code § 25214.1-25214.4.2 (Metal-containing jewelry law)
• Proposition 65
Connecticut Public Act 10-113 ‘An Act banning cadmium in children’s jewelry’
Illinois • Public Act 96-1379 ‘Cadmium-safe kids act’
• Public Act 87-175 ‘Lead poisoning prevention act’
Maryland Environment, §6-1401 through §6-1404 ‘Cadmium in children’s jewelry’
Minnesota • § 3256.389 ‘Items containing lead prohibited’
• § 325E.3891 ‘Cadmium in children’s jewelry’
New York Albany County Local Law 1 for 2016
New York Suffolk County • Chapter 704: Retail Sales; Article VI ‘Children’s products containing cadmium’, § 704-40 to § 704-47
• Chapter 704: Retail Sales; Article X ‘Toxic children’s products’, § 704-72 to § 704-80
New York Westchester County Chapter 433 ‘Prohibiting the sale of children’s products containing certain chemicals’
Rhode Island Title 23 Health and Safety
Chapter 23-24.11 ‘Comprehensive children’s jewelry safety act’
Washington RCWA 70.240.010 to RCWA 70.240.040 ‘Children’s safe products act (CSPA)’

Canada
Health Canada regulates both lead content and migratable lead in jewelry designed to appeal primarily to children under 15 years. Canada has been closely monitoring cadmium levels in children’s jewelry since asking the industry in 2010 to stop intentionally using the chemical, and since publishing a proposed regulation for these products in 2011.

The overall framework for product safety is the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA), with specific requirements for jewelry governed by the:

• Children's Jewelry Regulations
• Surface Coating Materials Regulations
• Draft proposal for cadmium guidelines in children’s jewelry

Brazil
Jewelry destined for Brazil is governed by Ordinance No. 43, of January 22, 2016, which restricts the use of cadmium and lead in jewelry and came into effect on January 26, 2016.

China
Jewelry for China is regulated by two mandatory standards:

• GB 28480 ‘Adornment-Provision for limit of baneful elements’
• GB 11887 ‘Jewelry-Fineness precious metal alloys and designation’

Jewelry Testing Services
SGS has accredited, state of the art testing laboratories worldwide. This network offers a comprehensive range of physical, chemical and functional testing services for components, materials and finished products. Our technical experts can devise not only a tailored program to demonstrate a product’s safety and compliance to regulatory requirements, but also help you to consider its intended destination markets and help to reduce development costs by grouping testing.

For further information, please contact:

HingWo Tsang, Ph.D.
Global Information and Innovation Manager
SGS Hong Kong
t: +852 2774 7420
Email: cts.media@sgs.com

About SGS
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world.

1, Mons Calpe
Chitcombe Road
Broad Oak
Rye
East Sussex

This release was published on openPR.

Permanent link to this press release:

Copy
Please set a link in the press area of your homepage to this press release on openPR. openPR disclaims liability for any content contained in this release.

You can edit or delete your press release Improving Jewelry Safety In All Markets? here

News-ID: 368436 • Views: 450

More Releases from SGS

Ecuador Issues Revised Draft Technical Regulation on Food Contact Ceramics
Ecuador has announced a revised proposal that, if accepted, will update its technical regulation for food contact ceramics. The latest proposal, designated Ecuadorian Technical Regulation RTE UNEN 010 (2R) – ‘Ceramic Tableware Intended to Come into Contact with Food’, was circulated attached to World Trade Organization (WTO) document no. 20-4675 on July 8, 2020. It has a new structure and contains several important changes, including: • Revision to existing definitions and
SGS puts Consumer Trust at the Heart of its new Brand Awareness Campaign
SGS, the world’s leading inspection, testing and certification company, has today launched ‘Trusted. Tested.’ – a high impact, brand awareness campaign to engage consumers in the vital role of testing, inspection and certification on the everyday products they purchase. With the strapline ‘It’s only trusted because it’s tested’, the campaign showcases more than 50 everyday products that typically pass through SGS’s testing laboratories – from lipsticks and shoes to mobile phones
SGS Guides Manufacturers Through Categorization of Medical and Personal Care Pro …
SGS, the world's leading provider of testing, verification and certification services, offers a comprehensive range of services to help manufacturers of products aimed at assisting the elderly ensure they are safe and comply with the relevant regulations. We live in a world with an aging population. Currently there are an estimated 143 million people over 80, but this figure is expected to triple to 426 million by 2050. These
Multiple Prop 65 Agreements on DINP in Consumer Products Reached in California
In recent months, several California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) settlement agreements and judgements have been reached in relation to the use of diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in various consumer products. Prop 65, the 'Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986', is a unique piece of legislation that passed overwhelmingly by a ballot of Californian residents in November 1986. It is a right-to-know law that requires the state to publish

All 5 Releases


More Releases for Jewelry

Top Jewelry Trends for 2021
But first some thought about what happened in jewelry in 2020. The year saw some real losers in fine jewelry. Sales of rings, especially fashion rings, dropped because of the constant need to wash our hands. Conversely, there was increased demand in necklaces and earrings. Pendants with messages or symbols were the real winners. Spending on fine jewelry, as gift giving and self-purchase, was also up significantly as consumers
Panjab Jewelry- A collection of trendy Jewelry
The jewelry trade is amongst the oldest form of businesses that has been prosperous since ages. Panjab Jewelry (PJPL) is a leading Manufacturing house in Amritsar, Punjab. Our aim is to take this industry to prominent heights by organizing this sector and further expanding into exports with a world-class quality product range having a special focus on Asian markets. At present, PJPL has laid their footprint and swept the markets
Gems and Jewelry Market Classified into the Following Types: Gold Jewelry, Diamo …
This study researches the market size of Gems and Jewelry in United States, European Union and China, presents the Gems and Jewelry sales, revenue, market share and growth rate by companies, type and application, history breakdown data from 2013 to 2018, and forecast to 2025. For top companies in United States, European Union and China, this report investigates and analyzes the sales, revenue, market share and growth rate for the top
Rumors of Colored Gemstones jewelry
The colored gemstones includes Morganite,Aquamarine,Sapphire,Ruby,Emerald,Jade etc. There are some sentences are taken by the jewelry lovers as "golden rule." However, those who listen to these words are often cheated. Today BBBGEM will give you some true advice. Rumor one: Colored gemstones all diamonds, not afraid of being bumps. Many people think that precious stones are very hard, not afraid of bumps.However,even diamonds,the hardness of 10 gems, will be broken! In addition, the
Ash Jewelry – Contemporary Commemorations
Finding a way to remember those that have passed away has taken a new twist in recent years with the introduction of ash jewelry. These small jewelry accessories are crafted to hold a small memento in tribute to a deceased loved one or pet. Co-founder and President of Everlasting Memories, Casey Doran, tracked customer comments over a one year time period and found customers looking for updated, fashion
Company Revolutionises Jewelry Sale
Furlong, PA 28 September, 2010- A company of international repute and unsullied integrity (Panvisionary Group LLC) is offering jewelry of the highest grade and quality to would-be buyers at prices that are not only affordable but simply unbeatable. For years, the acquisition of jewelry has been considered the exclusive rights of monarchs and the super-rich. Panvisionary Group LLC is out to change all by bringing to buyers of all classes