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Lead in Consumer Articles – are you compliant?

AnchorCert Analytical has been working with clients to identify product lines affected by recent changes in lead restrictions under REACH regulations. Lead continues to be used in consumer product manufacture for its ability to increase malleability and pigment textiles and leather. It is toxic at very low levels of exposure. It accumulates within the body, so even low quantities can be harmful if you’re exposed to them on a regular basis.

As well as its well-documented negative effects on adult health, lead has also been shown to have highly damaging effects on the intellectual and behavioural development of infants and young children. Hence the launch of new, more stringent EU legislation, specifically to further protect young children last June, which specifically outlines the lead levels and limits allowed for items which could be ‘mouthed’ or ‘sucked’.

This new legislation covers everything from stationery, shoes and clothes to interior decorations, key rings, pens and sunglasses. AnchorCert Group is offering free lead seminars through its Academy, designed exclusively or specifically for retail buyers and technologists to provide clarity on the main EU legislative requirements for UK retailers.

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