Protecting the Consumer and Servicing
the Trade with Independence and Integrity

The changes to EN 1811, the prescribed method for testing items for compliance with the nickel regulations now included in REACH are inevitably causing problem for the industry throughout the EU. As reported several times previously, the change to the method effectively drastically reduces the compliance level and also introduces a “No Decision” category where items have neither passed nor failed. Despite vigorous campaigning from The Birmingham Assay Office this method has become enforceable but there is now considerable pressure to review it. Italy, France and Germany all voted in favour of the method but their trade representatives are now frantically working with the UK to try to have the method reviewed. A resolution was passed at the international CIBJO conference in May to this effect and a delegation of CIBJO members, including Michael Allchin visited Brussels in late June to urge an immediate review.  Any updates will be posted on our blog but in the meantime the contentious EN1811:2011 remains unchanged.



Hope competition winner enjoys an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Birmingham Assay Office.

24th Aug 2021

Learn more

Birmingham Assay Office to screen for laboratory grown diamonds as part of their jewellery valuation service.

4th Aug 2021

Learn more

Winner announced for the Birmingham Assay Office ‘Hope’ competition

19th Jul 2021

Learn more


25th Sep 2018

Learn more

City of Wolverhampton wins Touchstone Award 2018

8th Jun 2018

Learn more


2nd May 2018

Learn more



Your item has been added to the basket

You need to create an account, or login before you can add this item to your basket.