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CAS No: 7439-92-1
EC No: 231-100-4
Current PIC Context
Annex Legal Act Category Subcategory Use Limitation From To
Annex I Part 1
643/2022 Industrial Chemicals
Industrial chemicals for consumer use
Severely Restricted
01-07-2022
PIC Regulatory History
Annex Legal Act Category Subcategory Use Limitation From To
Annex I Part 1
643/2022 Industrial Chemicals
Industrial chemicals for consumer use
Severely Restricted
01-07-2022
Legislation text


In accordance with entry 63 of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) (OJ L 396, 30.12.2006, p. 1-849), the following applies to lead:

1. Shall not be placed on the market or used in any individual part of jewellery articles if the concentration of lead (expressed as metal) in such a part is equal to or greater than 0,05 % by weight.

2. For the purposes of paragraph 1:
(i) ‘jewellery articles’ shall include jewellery and imitation jewellery articles and hair accessories, including:
   (a) bracelets, necklaces and rings;
   (b) piercing jewellery;
   (c) wrist watches and wrist-wear;
   (d) brooches and cufflinks;
(ii) ‘any individual part’ shall include the materials from which the jewellery is made, as well as the individual components of the jewellery articles.

3. Paragraph 1 shall also apply to individual parts when placed on the market or used for jewellery- making.

4. By way of derogation, paragraph 1 shall not apply to:
(a) crystal glass as defined in Annex I (categories 1, 2, 3 and 4) to Council Directive 69/493/ EEC (*);
(b) internal components of watch timepieces inaccessible to consumers;
(c) non-synthetic or reconstructed precious and semiprecious stones (CN code 7103, as established by Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87), unless they have been treated with lead or its compounds or mixtures containing these sub- stances;
(d) enamels, defined as vitrifiable mixtures resulting from the fusion, vitrification or sintering of minerals melted at a temperature of at least 500 °C.

5. By way of derogation, paragraph 1 shall not apply to jewellery articles placed on the market for the first time before 9 October 2013 and jewellery articles produced before 10 December 1961.

6. [...]

7. Shall not be placed on the market or used in articles supplied to the general public, if the concentration of lead (expressed as metal) in those articles or accessible parts thereof is equal to or greater than 0,05 % by weight, and those articles or accessible parts thereof may, during normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use, be placed in the mouth by children.

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8. By way of derogation, paragraph 7 shall not apply to:
(a) jewellery articles covered by paragraph 1;
(b) crystal glass as defined in Annex I (categories 1, 2, 3 and 4) to Directive 69/493/EEC;
(c) non-synthetic or reconstructed precious and semi-precious stones (CN code 7103 as estab- lished by Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87) unless they have been treated with lead or its compounds or mixtures containing these sub- stances;
(d) enamels, defined as vitrifiable mixtures resulting from the fusion, vitrification or sintering of mineral melted at a temperature of at least 500 °C;
(e) keys and locks, including padlocks;
(f) musical instruments;
(g) articles and parts of articles comprising brass alloys, if the concentration of lead (expressed as metal) in the brass alloy does not exceed 0,5 % by weight;
(h) the tips of writing instruments;
(i) religious articles;
(j) portable zinc-carbon batteries and button cell batteries;
(k) articles within the scope of:
   (i) Directive 94/62/EC;
   (ii) Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004;
   (iii) Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (**);
   (iv) Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council (***)

9. [...]

10. By way of derogation paragraph 7 shall not apply to articles placed on the market for the first time before 1 June 2016.

11. Doing either of the following acts after 15 February 2023 in or within 100 metres of wetlands is prohibited:
(a) discharging gunshot containing a concentration of lead (expressed as metal) equal to or greater than 1 % by weight;
(b) carrying any such gunshot where this occurs while out wetland shooting or as part of going wetland shooting.

12. [...]

13. [...]

14. Member States may maintain national provisions for protection of the environment or human health in force on 15 February 2021 and restricting lead in gunshot more severely than provided for in paragraph 11.
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(*) OJ L 326, 29.12.1969, p. 36.
(**) Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 June 2009 on the safety of toys (OJ L 170, 30.6.2009, p. 1).
(***) Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2011 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (OJ L 174, 1.7.2011, p. 88).
Submitted Data for Lead