Protecting the Consumer and Servicing
the Trade with Independence and Integrity

The use of cadmium in metal jewellery products, plastics and paint is restricted by the REACH Directive as of December 2011. This has significantly added to the testing burden on fashion accessory suppliers who are already testing for nickel and lead. Scrapings Lead and cadmium testing by the full method is costly due to the delicate scraping and disassembly of an item into components and coatings which can result in a rainbow coloured beaded necklace having upward of 50 components to be tested. To overcome this problem The Laboratory has developed an innovative screening test to determine whether lead or cadmium are present in an article. The screening test analyses composite components for either lead or cadmium or both. If no cadmium or lead is shown, it assumes the whole component to be compliant. sarah Trace cadmium or lead would result in resubmission for a full test, but where items are specified to be lead and cadmium free this is a fast and low cost option.



Birmingham Assay Office announces the appointment of Russell Jeans and Andrew Lee as new Wardens.

6th May 2021

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The Birmingham Assay Office launch ‘Hope’ competition as they continue to raise funds for NHS heroes.

17th Mar 2021

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The Birmingham Assay Office seeks new Guardians

16th Feb 2021

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25th Sep 2018

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City of Wolverhampton wins Touchstone Award 2018

8th Jun 2018

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2nd May 2018

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