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Lead in Jewellery Enamel: exemption review

Lead In Jewellery - European (ECHA) Directive, entry 63 of Annex XVII of REACH

Some of you may recall that in 2011 the EU issued a directive banning lead in jewellery and it's coatings.  A five year exemption was made for lead in jewellery enamel and that period has ended so the exemptions are now being reviewed.

The review will look at whether the current exemptions, ie lead in enamel, are still justified.  They have launched a call for evidence and we have a short time to assemble a suitable response.  We will be contacting those who contributed to the last submission.

If any members who were not contacted last time have any strong evidence in support of continuing the exemption, particularly about the impact of a ban on leaded enamel in jewellery, to their business, then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  (This is Lynne Glazzard's email but set up separate from my personal email address and any information is only for the purposes of this response).

It would be useful if anyone has any evidence of comparative testing they have done using leaded and lead free enamels in their work? 

David Bainbridge of Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours Ltd and Lynne Glazzard will be co-ordinating a response.

Thanks for all your help

Lynne