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IEC 62321 Testing

Electro technical products – Determination of levels of six regulated substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers)

IEC 62321 Scope:

IEC 62321 testing specifies the determination of the levels of lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) contained in inorganic and organic compounds, and two types of brominated flame retardants, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) contained in electrotechnical products.

EN 62321 testing refers to the sample as the object to be processed and measured. The nature of the sample and the manner in which it is acquired is defined by the entity carrying out the tests and not by this standard.

NOTE 1: Further guidance on obtaining representative samples from finished electronic products to be tested for levels of regulated substances may be found in the future IEC Publicly Available Specification (PAS) for sampling disjointment.

It is noted that the selection of the sample may affect the interpretation of the test results.

This standard does not determine:

  • The definition of a “unit” or “homogenous material” as the sample;
  • The disassembly procedure employed for obtaining a sample;
  • Assessment procedures.

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Related Standards:

IEC 62321-1 Introduction and overview

IEC 62321-2 Disassembly, disjunction and mechanical sample preparation

IEC 62321-3-1 Screening – Lead, mercury, cadmium, total chromium and total bromine using X-ray fluorescence spectrometry

IEC 62321-3-2 Screening – Total bromine in polymers and electronics by Combustion – Ion Chromatography

IEC 62321-4 Mercury in polymers, metals and electronics by CV-AAS, CV-AFS, ICP-OES and ICP-MS

IEC 62321-5 Cadmium, lead and chromium in polymers and electronics and cadmium and lead in metals by AAS, AFS, ICP-OES and ICP-MS

IEC 62321-6 Polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers in polymers by gas chromatography -mass spectrometry (GC-MS)

IEC 62321-7-1 Hexavalent chromium – Presence of hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) in colorless and colored corrosion-protected coatings on metals by the colorimetric method