We think it is obvious that our customers should feel safe with our products!
We are constantly working to develop safety and are constantly trying to stay ahead. On this page we have gathered some information about the most important parts in our effort:

Informationen på våra kartor/Inormation on our cards/Information om vores kort/Informasjon om våre kart/Tietoa meidän kartat/Upplýsingar á kortum okkar/Informationen zu unseren Karten/L'information sur nos cartes

SE: Var försiktig! Ej lämplig för barn under 3 år. Kan innehålla smådelar. Stoppa inte förpackningen eller produkten i munnen. Mer information på: www.checkmate.se

GB: Caution! Not suitable for children under 3 years. May contain small parts. Do not put packaging or product in mouth. More information at: www.checkmate.se

DK: Forsiktighed! Ikke velegnet till børn under 3 år. Kan indeholde små dele. Put ikke emballage eller produktet i munden. Yderligere info på. www.checkmate.se 

NO:Vær forsiktig! Ikke egnet for barn under 3 år. Kan inneholde små deler. Put ikke emballage eller produktet i munnen. Mer informasjon på: www.checkmate.se

FI: Ole varovainen! Ei sovellu alle 3-vuotiaat. Saattaa sisältää pieniä osia. Älä pakkaa tai tuote suuhun. Lisätietoja osoitteessa: www.checkmate.se

IS: Verið varkár! Ekki við hæfi barna yngri en 3 ára. Geta verið litlir hlutir. Ekki pakki ekki eða vöru í munni. Nánari upplýsingar á: www.checkmate.se

DE: Seien Sie vorsichtig! Nicht geeignet für Kinder unter 3 Jahren. Können Kleinteile enthalten. Packen Sie keine oder Produktnamen in den Mund. Weitere Informationen unter: www.checkmate.se

FR: Attention! Ne convient pas aux enfants de moins de 3 ans. Peut contenir de petites pièces. Ne pas emballer ou un produit dans la bouche. Plus d'informations sur: www.checkmate.se

Information about nickel and lead
All our products that have direct and prolonged contact with the skin have been nickel free in accordance with EU directives since 1999. The limit of nickel content in jewelry is set at 0.5 micrograms per square centimeter per weekly. We have been working on these limit values ​​for a very long time and also include products that do not even have to be nickel free.

As of March 2013, a supplement to the EU's earlier directive EN1811: 1998 + A1: 2008, called EN1811: 2011, will come into force. This directive does not actually change the limit values ​​of nickel in jewelery, but as the test method is adjusted with a 46% higher uncertainty factor, in fact, the limit of nickel should be 0.28 microgram / cm2 / week to guarantee that an approved nickel test do not end up with a incomplete results. This directive applies only to goods imported after March 2013. Articles imported prior to this date are not affected by the new directive. Checkmate changed the productions specs according to the new limit values already in December 2012.
All of our products are lead free since 2009. We work according to the recommended limit values ​​of up to 0.01% by weight or 100 ppm, so that all customers can feel completely safe with our product range!

More information on nickel and lead can be found on the Chemicals Inspection website www.kemi.se

Information about cadmium
On December 10, 2011, cadmium was banned in jewelry and in all plastic materials. The limit value for cadmium is set at 0.01% by weight or 100 ppm and applies to goods imported after the ban. Products imported before December 10, 2011 are thus not included in the prohibition and can be sold freely in all stages. The new prohibition has been listed in Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals). We have chosen to keep a stricter line and all our jewelry and plastics follow the United States harsher limit value of 0.0075% by weight or 75 ppm.

Further information is available on the Chemicals Inspection website www.kemi.se

Information about phthalates and PVC
We started our work with PVC (polyvinyl chloride) free products 2007 when we replaced our PVC cards for PP (polypropylene). We have since then replaced all materials in our products containing PVC to other similar materials such as PU (polyurethane) and PP. Because PVC is basically a hard material, it uses a large amount of phthalates to make the plastic soft. PVC also contains lead or cadmium as stabilizers. Recently however, there has been established a organic PVC containing approved limit values.

Checkmate decided that, from spring / summer 2017, we would cease producing any products with PU material since it has proved to be a material that without dedection could be easily replaced by so-called semi-PU which would make it very difficult to detect and control.
Common PU material has very small amounts of phthalates (> 100 ppm or 0.01% by weight), while semi-PU mixed with PVC contains higher levels of phthalates (plasticizers).
In order to completely avoid these problems, we have decided that all types of PU material will be phased out of our range.

More information on PVC and phthalates can be found on the Chemicals Inspection website www.kemi.se

Information about SVHC substances
SVHC stands for Substances of Very High Concern and is ECHA's list of highly hazardous substances. This list is constantly updated and new topics are added gradually. Checkmate has the policy of not produce products containing any of the substances in this list. If possible, materials that contain SVHC substances are replaced by other approved materials with equivalent quality and features.

More information on SVHC substances and ECHA's candidate list can be found on the Chemicals Inspectorate's website www.kemi.se

Information about Azo dyes
Azo dyes contain arylamines that are carcinogenic and in some cases allergenic. The dye can be used for staining of fabrics. The limit value for Azo dyes is up to 30 ppm or 0.003% by weight. We have chosen to completely avoid the Azo dyes in our products, but where this is not possible we will keep it below the recommended limit values.

More information on Azovarrows can be found on the Chemicals Agency's website www.kemi.se

Information about toys and CE tests
The products we have in our range that can be considered as toys are CE tested by SGS or equivalent certified labs according to EN71 and contain the following three shared tests:

EN 71-1
Mechanical and physical properties and acoustics.
Toys must not cause cuts, internal or external clamps, suffocation, eye damage, hearing loss or the like. Therefore, toys are tested for sharp edges and tips, strength, stability, magnetic strength, loose parts and noise levels. The toy needs to be marked with information to the user and relevant warnings.

EN 71-2
Toys must not constitute flammable elements in children's surroundings. Toys or area of a toy that are flammable are tested with a gas lighter corresponding to a candle or a cigarette lighter to ensure that the toy does´nt ignite and the fire does not spread quickly on the surface.

EN 71-3
Disposal of toxic substances.
The toy must not emit toxic substances. The toy is tested by scraping off material from accessible parts and lacquering. The amount of uncoated toxic substances in the surface material is determined.

The CE test's durability is maximum 12 months. If an identical product is reordered after the expiry the same CE test can not be re-used. In this case a new test is performed.

Full information is available on the Swedish National Testing Authority's website www.sp.se

Information about cosmetic products
* Requirements for the control of cosmetic and hygienic products, LVFS 2004: 12, amended by LVFS 2008: 3.

* Prohibitions and restrictions on certain substances included in cosmetic or hygienic products LVFS 2007: 4, reprinted by 2009: 14 and last amended by LVFS 2010: 10.

* Regulations on fees for the control of cosmetic and hygienic products, LVFS 2006: 17, reprinted by LVFS 2011: 5.

* Provisions on analytical methods for checking the composition of cosmetic and hygienic products, LVFS 1997: 4.

These legislations are far too extensive to write in detail here but you can read about it on the Swedish Medicines Agency's website www.lakemedelsverket.se


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