When selling on Amazon, you need to ensure compliance with Regulation (EC) No/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). Under REACH, products (ie finished products) cannot be sold if they contain more than the limit of certain chemicals (eg heavy metals).
Articles 23, 27 and 63 of Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation set out specific limits for the maximum permissible levels of cadmium, nickel and lead applicable to commodities containing metallic components:
Applicable restriction thresholds for substances
Cadmium equal to or greater than 0.01% by weight
Nickel nickel release rate not to exceed 0.2 micrograms per square centimeter per week (migration limit)
Lead weight equal to or greater than 0.05%
How does REACH affect what I sell?
In compliance with applicable laws and regulations, Amazon prohibits the sale of products above the limit levels set forth in Appendix XVII. For certain products, Amazon requires manufacturers to provide a REACH statement or test report that certifies that the product complies with the REACH regulations for cadmium, nickel, and lead. These products include:
Jewellery and imitation jewellery worn on the wrist and ankle, such as bracelets and anklets
Jewelry and imitation jewelry worn around the neck, such as necklaces
Skin-piercing jewelry and imitation jewelry, such as earrings and piercings
Jewelry and imitation jewelry worn on fingers and toes, such as rings and toe rings
Additionally, Amazon or marketplace regulators may physically inspect items, which may require you to provide further information or suspend sales, so be sure to provide all required compliance documents for all items in order to apply for reinstatement.
Amazon accepts two types of compliance documents to approve or reinstate your ASIN:
(1) REACH Declaration of Conformity
This document is a declaration of compliance with REACH requirements drawn up by the manufacturer. The statement should also mention any Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) contained in the product. The REACH Declaration of Conformity can be self-certified by the manufacturer or issued to the manufacturer by a third-party testing agency.
(2) REACH heavy metal test report
These test reports should demonstrate that all components of the product meet the REACH threshold for heavy metals (see table below). If your item fails physical inspection by Amazon or a market regulator, we will require a REACH inspection report.
Table 1. Overview of Thresholds and File Types
Applicable Regulatory Threshold File Types
REACH – Annex VII Articles 23, 27 and 63
Cadmium 0.01% (100 mg/kg)
Lead 0.05% (500 mg/kg)
Nickel migration is limited to 0.2 micrograms per square centimeter per week
REACH test report + DOC conformity declaration service, 7 working days, 5 sets of samples, the process is as follows:
1. Sign a contract with the customer;
2. Customers send samples and arrange testing;
3. Fill out the EBO-/doc application form
4. Receive the lab report, upload Amazon to resume sales
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