Nickel and its compounds

Little Pro on 2016-07-17

Nickel and its compounds are known to cause adverse effects on human's dermal (skin), immune and cardiovascular systems. Nickel itself is classified as a human carcinogen. Nickel and its compounds are mainly used in producing alloys (stainless steel), nickel plating, and pigments for paint, pottery, glass and plastics.

Nickel and its compounds and REACH Annex XVII

Nickel and its compounds are included in REACH Annex XVII restricted substances list (entry 27). The restriction conditions are listed as follows

Product Limit

Any post assemblies which are inserted into pierced ears and other pierced parts of the human body

The rate of nickel release from such post assemblies is less than 0,2 μg/cm²/week

Articles intended to come into direct and prolonged contact with the skin.

Example:earrings, necklaces, rivet buttons, tighteners, rivets, zippers and metal marks in garments.

The rate of nickel release from accessible part is less than 0,5 μg/cm²/week


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