Nickel 1811 Test



AnchorCert Analytical offers a UKAS accredited Full Nickel Release test (EN 1811:2011) to check if items comply with the Nickel regulations. EN 16128:2011 is also offered for testing spectacle frames.

The Full Release test to BS EN 1811: 2011 normally involves disassembling the product into its component parts. For example a watch can be broken down logically into four components; the watch back, bracelet, crown and case. Nickel release results are then reported for each component in micrograms per square centimetre per week. In the absence of any instructions specifying how the product is to be split, discretion will be exercised, in line with the requirements of the method. 

The Regulations clearly state that it is the Suppliers’ responsibility to consider each individual product and determine which parts are intended to come in to direct and prolonged contact with the skin. If required, areas judged not intended to be in direct and prolonged contact can be ‘masked off’ using lacquer, prior to testing. The Laboratory do not as a matter of course ‘mask off’ any parts of the product unless specifically requested.  Please include clear instructions on your application form.

AnchorCert Analytical is UKAS accredited to carry out a Full Nickel Release test (EN 1811:2011) test in our onsite fully equipped state of the art laboratory here in Birmingham.

The turnaround time for this service is within 10 working days.

SAMPLES REQUIRED – 1 of each item unless the item is a piercing in this case we would need 5-6 of each post so that we have enough surface area to test.


 To read about the unique UKAS accredited quick nickel release test offered by AnchorCert Analytical, please click here


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