About DermaKind


DermaKind™ is a unique UKAS-accredited testing methodology, that identifies and measures a suite of metallic elements that may cause Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD).

ACD, better known as skin allergy, can present as an itchy or painful irritation, skin redness and inflammation.
In severe cases this can include rashes, which can lead to scarring and cause ACD sufferers major distress.

The DermaKind™ test methodology identifies the metallic skin sensitisers present in jewellery and accessories, that have the potential to cause ACD. 
DermaKind™ also provides compliance for nickel when tested by EN 1811:2011+ A1:2015 method, as well as significant future-proofing benefits.

It is a significant game changer within the field of metallic elements and their potential for causing skin allergies.

Metals are found everywhere and some are well-recognised as common causes of Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD).

In this context, Nickel, Chromium and Cobalt as ions and their compounds, are well recognised skin sensitisers.

AnchorCert Analytical laboratory developed the DermaKind™ testing methodology to identify the metal sensitisers and their occurrences within the test item.
It provides an accurate measurement of their sensitisation potential and an assessment system that guarantees that jewellery, or any metallic product placed on the market, is kinder to human skin and less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

DermaKind™ has been fully validated for testing of the following metal components of the following items:
  • Women’s Jewellery
  • Children’s Jewellery
  • Men’s Jewellery
  • Body Piercings

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