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Cadmium and Lead in consumer products

Item ID: 10090

Cadmium and Lead in consumer products

Protect the health of your consumers by having your products tested for cadmium and lead.

Let your products test and convince your customers with your high safety standard!

Content of the testing

What is the content of the testing?

Based on a material sample, your product is tested for the content of cadmium and lead. Testing is performed according to the legal requirements specified in EU Regulation  1907/2006 (REACH) via microwave digestion and subsequent ICP-OES or ICP-MS analysis.

This ensures that your products do not pose any health risks to your customers due to Cadmium and Lead in consumer products.

Testing based on composite samples

Testing for cadmium and lead may be performed via composite samples.

As a general rule, composite samples are prepared to shorten the processing times or to reduce costs for testing. A composite sample usually consists of up to three compatible individual materials in one sample, which are combined in equal parts and are together subjected to a specific chemical test. The number of materials mixed depends on the methodological requirements. Preparing composite samples generally bears the risk that the result of the composite sample shows deviations, suggesting that at least one of the individual materials does not comply with the legal or standard market limits. Which material within a composite sample caused the deviation is confirmed by retesting all individual materials of the composite sample. This leads to additional costs which are the responsibility of the client. This way you ensure that your products do not pose any health risks to your customers. By having your products tested, you convey your high quality standards to your customers!

Materials

Which materials can be tested for Cadmium and Lead?
  • PVC

Limits

Which limits must be hold?

Standard market limit - cadmium: 100mg/kg, lead: 100mg/kg

Legal limit – lead products, which kids may put in their mouths under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use, may not contain more than 500 mg/kg of lead, cadmium: 100mg/kg

What does ... mean?

Standard market and legal limit value

Standard market limit value

The use of certain chemicals is not regulated by law or only inadequately regulated from the perspective of market players or consumer protection organizations. Therefore, the market itself established commonly accepted limit values, which are adhered to by manufacturers of materials and by trading companies. Frequently, these standard market limits ​​impose stricter requirements on the use of these chemicals than already existing legal limit values.

 

Legal limit value

In order to protect the consumer, the use of certain chemical substances is regulated by law. Accordingly, legal limit values for the use of these substances are defined and regulated. These legal limits may not be exceeded.

Product examples

Product examples for testing for Cadmium and Lead

Building products, jewelry, accessories, toys, shoes and accessories, protective clothing, PPE clothing, textiles, clothing and leather goods, office products, sports equipment, leisure and camping equipment, household and kitchen items, lighters, stroller (not toys), school equipment and -satchel, furniture, furniture components and furniture fittings, furniture surfaces, panel systems and blinds, windows and doors, shelves and storage racks, sanitary products, mechanical tools, automotive accessories (including wiper blades), lifting jack and car ramps, mounting parts, autocars / motobikes, transportation equipment for kids (car seat, bicycle seat, etc.), craddle, crib, baby walking frame, playpen, safety barriers, wall holder (TV, bathroom and kitchen), glasses and sunglasses (no medical glasses), climbing device, carabiners, ropes, buoyancy aids, protective equipment leisure, electrical assembly, extension cables / cable drum / socket strips (Ready-to-use), Smart Home, Fire security, alarm & intrusion detection, household appliances, Personal Care device, IT, Telecommunications and Office Equipment, Laser, other IT, Telecommunication Products, Wearable Products (e.g. Google Glass, Smartwatches), audio / video equipment, air conditioning and heating appliances, lights, unmanned aerial vehicles

Test process

  1. Order at the online shop

    Configure your desired individual chemical test in the TÜV Rheinland business client online shop and send us your purchase order.

      

  2. Delivery of material sample

    Please note that you must send the number of test samples/material samples required for testing to TÜV Rheinland at your own cost. For the exact location, please refer to the accompanying note for the test sample.

    Please enclose the accompanying note for the test sample (attachment of your order confirmation) with your test sample shipment or, for large shipments, attach it on the outside of the outer packaging.  This allows us to quickly and easily match your sample with your order. Receipt and registration of the test sample happens at the respective laboratory site. The same applies for the weighing of the materials to be tested, which is based on the amount of the sample required for the test (material sample collection).

      

  3. Testing

    The chemical testing of the material samples is performed in our DIN EN ISO 17025 accredited laboratories according to legal and standard market requirements. The chemical testing inevitably destroys the samples, and they cannot be reused.

      

  4. Sending of test results

    Analysis of the measurement results and documentation of the results in a test report.

      

Test Details

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    Estimated test duration:

    5 working days after sample receipt
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    Required sample size:

    5 grams minimum
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    Mixed sampling:

    Upon request, the test can be performed with composite samples.

Required sample details

  • Product category
    Your material to be tested will later be assigned to this product category.
  • Article name
    What is the article name of the product, in which the material to be tested will later be used?
  • Component
    The component to be tested
  • Material
    What material is the component to be tested made of?
  • Color
    What is the color of the material?
  • Composite sample
    As a general rule, composite samples are prepared to shorten the processing times. A composite sample consists of up to three individual materials in one sample, which are combined in equal parts and are subjected together to a specific chemical test. The number of samples mixed depends on the requirements.
  • Retests
    Preparing composite samples generally bears the risk that the result of the composite sample may show deviations, suggesting that at least one of the individual materials does not comply with the legal or standard market limits. To determine which of the materials within a composite sample had caused the deviation, all materials of the composite sample must be individually retested. This leads to additional costs which are the responsibility of the client.
  • Language of test report
    In which language should the test report be issued?