When selling products on Amazon, you need to ensure compliance with Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). Under REACH, articles (that is, finished products) cannot be sold if they exceed limits for certain chemical substances, such as heavy metals. For more information about REACH, go to the ECHA page.
Annex XVII n. 23, 27, and 63 of the REACH Regulation sets specific restrictions on the maximum allowable content of cadmium, nickel and lead applicable to articles with metal components:
|Substance||Applicable threshold for restriction|
|Cadmium||no greater than 0.01% by weight|
Rate of nickel release (migration limit):
|Lead||no greater than 0.05% by weight|
Detailed information on this restriction, along with the complete list of restrictions as listed in REACH’s Annex XVII, is available on the ECHA website . We encourage you to consult your legal counsel if you have questions about the laws and regulations concerning your product.
To comply with applicable laws and regulations, Amazon prohibits the sale of articles that exceed the restriction levels specified in Annex XVII. For certain products, Amazon requires a REACH declaration from the manufacturer or testing reports showing adherence to the REACH limits for cadmium, nickel and lead. These products include:
In addition, products may be physically tested by Amazon or Market Surveillance Authorities, which could lead to requests for further information or suspension of sales, so it is important for you to have all required compliance documents available for all products in order to request a reinstatement.
Amazon’s policy requires all sellers of jewellery to have one of the safety documents listed below. Upon request, you must promptly submit one of the required safety documents for each ASIN or model number you want to list.
This document is a declaration of conformity with REACH drawn up by the manufacturer. The declaration should also address any Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) contained in the product and show a reference to REACH Annex XVII n. 23, 27 and 63.
The declaration of REACH conformity can either be self-certified by the manufacturer or can be issued to the manufacturer by a third-party testing organisation. It must contain the following:
These testing reports show compliance with REACH’s heavy metals thresholds for all components of your product (see the following table). If your product failed a physical test by Amazon or a Market Surveillance Authority, we will require a REACH testing report.
|Applicable regulation||Threshold||Type of document|
|REACH – Annex XVII n. 23, 27, and 63||
All sellers are responsible for ensuring that their products and listings comply with all applicable laws and regulations. By applying to sell or reinstate these products, you certify that all information you submit is true. You can find a list of external consultants who might help you with questions regarding regulatory requirements on the Service Provider Network page.
If you receive a request from us for compliance documents, complete the following steps to submit the requested information:
If you are not able to locate the ASINs on Seller Central, contact Selling Partner Support for further guidance on the same.
If you are contacted, you are responsible for providing these documents to Amazon. If you are the brand owner or importer, you should already have these documents on hand. If you are a reseller, you may have to ask your supplier for these documents. If you (or your suppliers) do not have these documents available, you may have to undertake testing yourself to demonstrate conformity.
We strongly encourage you to go to the following sites for more information on REACH: