ASTM F2999 Adult jewelry testing

The complete ASTM F2999 specification is very complex and extensive, and only a summary of it is outlined here. The best way to ensure that your product is fully compliant with ASTM F2999 is to hire a professional testing provider. RTS performs jewelry testing according to ASTM F2999 and a number of other specifications applicable in the United States, the European Union and Canada



The exquisite jewelry embellishes the beauty of life. In this era of personality, all kinds of accessories continue to emerge. The close contact between the jewelry and the skin adds luster to you. However, if the jewelry contains toxic and harmful substances or other potential dangers, it will bring hidden dangers to your health and safety, and even threats! According to the current jewelry related laws and regulations or standards in many countries or regions in the world, there are many control factors, mainly including various toxic chemicals and mechanical and physical safety. Although these regulations or standards have the same control purpose, the specific control objects, requirements and limits vary from place to place.

ASTM F2999, the Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Adult Jewelry, is a detailed set of specifications that describe the safety specifications and testing methods for adult jewelry. This code applies only to adult jewelry, which means jewelry worn by persons over the age of 12. Jewelry worn by persons under 12 years of age applies to the ASTM F2923 Children’s Jewelry specification.

The ASTM F2999 specification covers two main types of hazards: the presence of toxic metals and mechanical hazards. This article will summarize the criteria for these two hazards. If you need to refer to the complete specification, please visit the ASTM website here.

ASTM Jewelry Testing: Mechanical Specification Abstract
Jewelry with batteries

If the battery of the jewelry is defined as a “small part” (less than 1.25 inches in any dimension), or if there is a risk of ingestion, make sure that the battery cannot be removed without the use of a common tool, such as a screwdriver.

Jewelry containing magnets

All jewelry containing harmful magnets must be properly labeled. The complete specification contains examples of such warning labels. In addition, because magnets have the potential to affect the function of pacemakers and other implantable medical devices, manufacturers should consider adding labels as appropriate.


Service content

Scope of application
Adult accessories for export to the US market

2. Technical standards
The American market.

3. Technical requirements
Total lead, total cadmium, total mercury, total arsenic, phthalates, nickel release, heavy metals, etc.

4. Applicable objects
Manufacturers, brands, exporters.

5. Test requirements

ASTM Jewelry Testing: Summary of Specification for Toxic Metals


Control project demand
PB Base material: 100 mg/kg; Coating: 90 mg/kg
cadmium 75 mg/kg
Extractable cadmium Plastic parts: 75 mg/kg; Metal small parts: 200 μg
Cadmium salt extract 18 μg
Nickel release Puncture capacity: 0.2μg /cm2/week

Long-term skin contact: 0.5μg /cm2/week

7 kinds of soluble heavy metals


Cadmium: 75 mg/kg, mercury: 60 mg/kg

Chromium: 60 mg/kg, arsenic: 25 mg/kg

Selenium: 500 mg/kg, antimony: 60 mg/kg

Barium: 1000 mg/kg

Phthalates 8P: DEHP/ DBP/ BBP/ DINP/ DIBP/ DCHP/ DPENP/ DHEXPEach type shall not exceed 1000 mg/kg.

Physical itemA sharp point with a sharp edge

Jewelry for children under 8 years old shall not contain dangerous points or dangerous edges that can be touched.
widget Accessories for children under 3 years old must not contain small parts.
Hazard magnet

(Magnetic flux ≥50KG2mm² and belongs to small parts)

(1) Under 8 years of age: after normal use and reasonably foreseeable abuse testing, it must not contain hazardous magnets or hazardous magnetic parts;

(2)8 years old and above: if hazardous magnets or hazardous magnetic parts are contained, a warning statement is required.

Release force at break After a 15-pound tensile test, it can be disconnected without releasing any physical hazards.

Exemption: Children’s jewelry with a circumference of less than 9.4 inches

Battery requirements (1) Before and after the abuse test, batteries belonging to small parts should not be touched without the use of any tools;

(2) For replaceable batteries should be marked: old and new batteries can not be mixed; Alkaline batteries, standard (carbon-zinc) batteries, or rechargeable (nickel-cadmium) batteries cannot be mixed and similar information;

(3) For accessible non-replaceable batteries, relevant instructions or labels should be added;

(4) battery-driven children’s jewelry should be designed to make it impossible to charge non-rechargeable batteries (except button batteries);

(5) The battery polarity should be permanently marked in the product labeling or description.

Suction tongue nail Shall not contain

Label requirement

Age label Add an age label
Other recommended warning slogans Warning signs for piercing parts embedded in earpieces

Jewelry containing filled liquid

Filling liquid requirement (1) shall not contain substances in 16CFR 1500.231 and 16CFR 1500.14 (materials requiring special labeling);

(2) If the jewelry contains cosmetics, the cosmetics need to meet USP51&61&62;

(3) If the jewelry contains other liquids, pastes, putty, gels, powders (except cosmetics), it needs to meet USP6&62.



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