Jewellery and other articles may contain various metals. Nickel can give rise to a contact allergy, lead can damage the brain and nervous system, and cadmium can give rise to cancer and osteoporosis and damage the environment.
National legislation defines bans and restrictions on the presence of cadmium, lead or nickel in articles used in everyday life, such as bracelets, necklaces, rings, piercing jewelry, earrings, hand watches, clasps, rivets, zips, keys and metal studs on clothing.
National legislation give particular importance to the substances of very high concern (SVHCs) through the List of Substances of Very High Concern (Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia No 94/13) and List of Candidate Substances for the List of Substances of Very High Concern (Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia No 58/16), in order to protect human health and the environment.
In addition, the Law on Chemicals prescribes the consumers right concerning these substances from the mentioned lists. Each consumer has the right to request the information on the content of SVHCs (in the concentration ≥0,1%) in articles, while producers and retailers are obliged to provide relevant information free of charge. When articles contain SVHCs, from the above mentioned lists, in concentration ≥0,1%, producers or retailers are obliged to provide the consumer with information sufficient for safe use of the article including, as a minimum, the name of that substance.
Considering the fact that cadmium is included on the List of Candidate Substances for the List of Substances of Very High Concern and that it could be used for jewellery manufacturing, each consumer have right to request the information from producer or retailer in order to determine whether the purchased jewellery contain cadmium in concentration above 0.1% (m/m).
However, before purchasing any article, consumer should request the information from the retailer and to determine if the article contains SVHCs, in order to make responsible and adequate decision based on received information.
Never allow children to suck on products made of metal. Never allow children to suck on products made of metal, like jewellery.
The Model Letter with the request for information regarding SVHCs in articles