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Chromium VI

Item ID: 10050

Chromium VI

Protect the health of your consumers by having your products tested for Chromium VI.

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

Content of the testing

What is the content of the testing?

According to EU Regulation 301/2014, there is an EU-wide ban of Chromium VI in leather products, which was included in Annex XVII of the EC Regulation 1907/2006 (REACH). This regulation applies to products placed on the EU market on or after May 1, 2015.

The testing method follows EN ISO 17075:2007 ""Leather – Chemical tests – Determination of Chromium (VI) content"" and EN ISO 20344 Section 6.11, DIN EN 420 and the official testing method specified in BVL B 82.02-11.

This way you ensure that your products do not pose any health risks to your customers due to Chromium VI.


Which materials can be tested for Chromium VI?
  • leather
  • leather materials


Which limits must be hold?

Leather products that come in contact with skin, which contain more than 3 mg/kg (detection limit of the testing method) of Chromium VI, are banned in the EU.

Product examples

Product examples for the testing for Chromium VI

Building products, jewelry, accessories, shoes and accessories, protective clothing, PPE clothing, office products, sports equipment, leisure and camping equipment, stroller (not toys), school equipment and -satchel, household and kitchen items, furniture, automotive accessories (including wiper blades), transportation equipment for kids (car seat, bicycle seat, etc.), craddle, crib, baby walking frame, playpen, safety barriers, climbing device, carabiners, ropes, Wearable Products (e.g. Google Glass, Smartwatches)

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:

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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?