BLC Leather Technology

Nickel Testing

UKAS Accredited Nickel Testing Service

BLC provides a UKAS accredited nickel testing service for watches, buckles, jewellery, glasses, sunglasses, metal attachments and accessories to the European Directive 76/769/EEC. The EU directive protects wearers from allergenic reactions when exposed to products containing nickel.

BLC is one of the fastest analytical testing laboratories in Europe and we aim to deliver results within 2 working days for spot tests or 8 working days for the full nickel release test using ICP technology.

Whilst many laboratories are only able to supply simple pass/fail test reports; BLC is able to offer additional support and advice immediately upon receipt of a sample failure.  In addition our experience of different material testing means that we ensure the appropriate test methods are used at all times.

We offer the following nickel testing services:


Nickel Spot Test

- indication of possible failure only - results within 2 days


Nickel Release Testing

- according to procedures based on BS EN 1811:1999, BS EN 1811:2011 and BS EN 12472.  Testing of plated products after a Corrosion/Wear simulation of two years of use - results usually within 8 working days.

N.B. Where possible results will be provided for each of the various components from which the article is manufactured, provided it can easily be dismantled without damage to any part.


Please click here to download a copy of our sample submission form

For further information on nickel testing please contact or +44 (0)1604 679999

Click here for the terms and conditions for the testing services

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