What is Cadmium?

Cadmium is a heavy metal, commonly used as a pigment in paint and in jewellery, as well as stabilizers in PVC compounds. Cadmium is highly ductile, making it extremely suitable for metal alloys.


What is Cadmium testing?

Cadmium testing is conducted to see how much cadmium is present in a product. Eurofins | BLC can carry out cadmium testing in a large range of substrates including leather, textile, metal, synthetics, glass, plastic, and rubber.


There are several different test methods for cadmium content, dependent on for which legislation you are testing. There are, essentially, two principles of testing: Total Content and Extractable Content:



Samples are ground/cut and placed in acid, and then microwave digested followed by ICP-MS analysis. Looks for the total content of heavy metals.


Extractable Content

Looks for the heavy metals which are mobile within the product through extraction either in sweat or acid solution followed by ICP-MS analysis.


Why test for Cadmium?

Cadmium is a toxic metal which is globally highly regulated. Regulation of significance is the cadmium directive EN71-3 (migration of elements) and Proposition 65 settlement.


How long does the test take?    


Turnaround Time



5 working days



3 working days

£Quotation + 50%


Eurofins | BLC Chemical Testing & Analysis

Chemical testing and analysis are conducted at Eurofins | BLC's internationally accredited chemical testing laboratory based in the UK, which is accredited by UKAS (0076), ILAC and CPSC (1049) for BS, EN and ISO standards, including ISO 17025. 

At Eurofins | BLC, we offer one of the fastest chemical testing turnaround times in Europe, with faster lead-time options available on selected routine chemical testing.

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Cadmium and its compounds are generally considered to be carcinogenic by most health and safety agencies. The element irritates internal organs such as the lungs and intestines when inhaled or ingested, and long term exposure to high levels can cause death.


Cadmium is restricted under Annex XVII of REACH regulations, which covers:

  • Mixtures and articles
  • Jewellery
  • Paints
  • Brazing fillers
  • Plastics and
  • Recovered PVC


Cadmium is also covered in several regulations including:

  • California Proposition 65
  • the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH)
  • RoHS and European Toy Safety Directive (TSD)


Under REACH the following can not be placed on the market if the Cadmium content exceeds:

  • 0.01% (100ppm) for Jewellery, Mixtures and Articles and Brazing Fillers
  • 0.1% (1000ppm) for Paints and recovered PVC


Eurofins | BLC Provide Leading Chemical Testing Services for Consumer Products

At Eurofins | BLC, chemical testing is carried out in an internationally accredited testing laboratory, which holds accreditations from UKAS (0076), CPSC (1049) and ILAC.

Eurofins | BLC are proud to work with a wide variety of organisations around the world from chemical companies and product manufacturers to brands and retailers, testing a diverse range of consumer products. Customers of Eurofins | BLC benefit from fast testing turnaround times and one of the highest levels of customer service in the industry.

To ensure that Eurofins | BLC delivers some of the most accurate results in the industry, Eurofins | BLC regularly participates in proficiency testing programmes


For chemical testing services, Eurofins | BLC provides:

  • Chemical testing at an internationally accredited testing laboratory in the UK
  • Competitive pricing
  • Fast chemical testing turnaround times - most test results available within 4-5 days working days
  • Both the testing and the understanding of the results provided
  • In the event of a failure, our chemical specialists can talk you through the results and provide recommendations for improvement
  • A comprehensive and easy to understand test report
  • Technical back up and support from chemical testing experts
  • Chemical compliance and product safety training courses for your staff


Become a Eurofins | BLC Member and access:

  • Discounted chemical testing prices
  • Access to advanced chemical support through Eurofins | BLC's technical concierge service


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Our Accreditations

Eurofins | BLC holds accreditations from UKAS and CPSC and has auditors approved to carry out LWG audits. Trust Eurofins | BLC to deliver some of the most accurate test results in the industry.

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