Finding clarity

Get to grips with the new lead legislation affecting fashion and accessories

Since 1773, Assay Office Birmingham has been dedicated to one core mission: protecting the consumer and serving the trade with integrity, innovation and independence. Now trading as the AnchorCert Group, it offers much more than hallmarking, with divisions also including laser marking, analytical testing laboratories, jewellery valuations, a gemmological grading laboratory and a training and events academy delivering retail-focused education. The testing division, 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 accumulates within the body – so even low quantities can be harmful if exposed on a regular basis. This new legislation covers precious and fashion jewellery as well as 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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