Jewellery and Accessory Testing




A range of comprehensive tests to validate the safety and quality of costume jewellery and fashion accessories.



Testing for nickel


Nickel is a metal used to improve the hardness of alloys, particularly associated with a bright metal finish. Nickel sensitivity when in contact with the skin may lead to allergic reactions (nickel dermatitis). These reactions can be severe and distressing to the person wearing the product. REACH compliance is required on all metal components that may have prolonged contact with the skin.



Testing for heavy metals


Lead and its components are toxic, they accumulate in living organisms and are harmful to human and animal health. Lead is used to increase hardness in items such as beads, trims, etc and also in coatings.


Cadmium is a known carcinogenic (causing cancer), also can cause genetic defects and is toxic if ingested. Cadmium is a metal used to stabilise plastics, used to colour products and used in coatings when laminating products such as fabrics.



Testing for phthalates


Phthalates are a known carcinogenic (causing cancer), also effect metabolic, growth and disrupt development. They have a toxic effect on reproductive systems, with specific concern for infants where products can be placed in the mouth.


They are found in flexible plastics used in vinyl, polyvinylchloride (PVC), polyurethane (PU) and a mix of both.



Bureau Veritas testing standards for jewellery and accessories


Bureau Veritas CPS carry out a range of mandatory regulatory testing on products classed as jewellery and accessories.


We comply with:


REACH - Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals

CPSIA - Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

PROP 65 - California’s Proposition 65 


Our additional services extend to quality and performance, torque, tension, compression,

flammability, corrosion, wear & tear and longevity testing, offering our clients a complete testing and R&D programme.


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