The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has published a new method for simulating wear and corrosion for the detection of nickel release from coated items.
Published in September 2020, EN 12472:2020 ‘Method for the simulation of accelerated wear and corrosion for the detection of nickel release from coated items’, should be used prior to detecting nickel release from coated articles that come into direct and prolonged contact with human skin.
The new version introduces several important changes to the previous iteration (EN 12472:2005+A1:2009). These include:
Member States are required to give EN 12472:2020 the status of a national standard, with conflicting standards being withdrawn, by March 2021.
It is expected EN 12472:2020 will be harmonized under Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 ‘Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)’ upon official acceptance by the European Commission (EC) and by publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).
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