Comprehensive testing solutions and quality assurance to ensure product safety
Driven by a growing middle class, the global demand for leather and leather goods is on the rise. This rising demand has been matched by greater regulation, most notably in the European Union (EU), where all consumer products are covered by REACH; an EU regulation concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals. To ensure ongoing compliance and customer goodwill, companies must adhere to stringent standards concerning the minimisation of Chromium (VI) and other restricted substances in all leather products.
What is Chromium (VI)?
Chromium (VI), also known as Hexavalent Chromium, can be an undesirable by-product of chrome leather tanning. It can be formed in leather through the oxidation of Chromium (III) compounds that occur within or after the tanning process from inadequate chemical treatment during finishing or due to environmental conditions. Chromium (VI) is allergenic and can lead to contact dermatitis if it comes into contact with sensitised skin. Certain Chromium (VI) compounds are classified as carcinogenic, primarily if inhaled. Aside from the impact of Chromium (VI) on people and the environment, businesses are also directly affected by regulations prohibiting its presence in tanned leather.
Why is Chromium (VI) testing important?
Testing your products for Chromium (VI) can prevent unsafe products from reaching the market. By testing your products, you can maintain your competitive edge and avoid the pitfalls of non-compliance including harm to consumers, costly product recalls, potential litigation and the associated negative publicity.
Our Chromium (VI) services at a glance
TÜV SÜD’s experts offer supplier training through comprehensive programmes to train tanneries and manufacturers on the proper methods to prevent Chromium (VI) build-up during processing, storage and transportation.
We are a trusted authority on testing and can ensure that your lab adheres to EU and international stringent regulatory requirements.
Why choose TÜV SÜD for Chromium (VI) testing?
TÜV SÜD offers a wide scope of accredited testing and certification services which are widely recognised around the world.
As a member of the CADS, an initiative led by the German footwear industry, TÜV SÜD is uniquely positioned to receive the most up-to-date and relevant information from the industry, for the benefit of its clients. Furthermore, being a member of the Leather Working Group (LWG), we seek to promote advances in the leather manufacturing industry by creating alignment on environmental priorities and bringing visibility of guidelines to our clients.
Our professional and technically qualified engineers are active in national and international technical committees for product safety.
Your benefits at a glance
Save money and time - by ensuring compliance and commitment to safety standards by testing for hazardous chemical substances in products at an early stage.
Minimise risks - by avoiding supply chain problems that could result in costly product recalls and irreparable harm to your brand’s reputation.
Gain a competitive edge - by delivering products of consistent quality and safety, without compromising time to market.
Benefit from complete solutions - by leveraging on TÜV SÜD’s worldwide expertise in regulations and requirements, thereby ensuring your products remain compliant regardless of where they are manufactured or sold.