The European Commission have published a new Regulation, 301/2014, which restricts the use of chromium (VI) compounds in leather goods.
A maximum limit of 3 mg/kg by weight has been implemented.
Recent work funded by the Government Chemist Programme has separated and quantified chromium (VI) in mixtures of chromium compounds using HPLC-ICP-MS/MS. This could be applied to leather goods if an appropriate extraction step can be developed. This work could be funded under the 2014-17 Government Chemist Programme if considered appropriate.
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