IEC 62321 provided test methods  of certain substances  in electronic and electrical products.The first edition of IEC 62321: 2008 was a single ‘stand-alone’ standard that includes an introduction,an overview of test methods,a mechanical sample preparation as well as various test method. May 17,2013IEC  62321: 2008 is split into a series of standards,while introducing new testing methods or apparatus, details below.


Recently Published


● IEC 62321-7-2

Hexavalent chromium - Determination of hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) in polymers and electronics by the colorimetric method

Main changes:Employs organic solvent to dissolve or swell the sample matrix, followed by an alkaline digestion procedure to extract Cr(VI) from samples.

● IEC 62321-8

Phthalates in polymers by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry using a pyrolyzer/thermal desorption accessory (Py/TD-GC-MS)

Main changes: New method ( two normative and two informative techniques for the determination of di-isobutyl phthalate )


To Be Published


●IEC 62321-4 am1 1.0

Mercury in polymers, metals and electronics by CV-AAS, CV-AFS, ICP-OES and ICP-MS.

●IEC 62321-9 1.0

Hexabromocyclododecane in polymers by high pressure liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS).


● IEC 62321-3-2 2.0

Screening of fluorine, bromine and chlorine in polymer and electronics by Combustion - Ion Chromatography (C-IC).

● IEC 62321-3-3 1.0

Screening of polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers and phthalates in polymers by pyrolysis (Py-GC-MS) or thermal desorption (TD-GC-MS) gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

●IEC 62321-10 1.0

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in polymers and electronics by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS).


Note:C-IC    Ion Chromatography

         PY-GC-MS  Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry

         IAMS  Ion Attachment Mass Spectrometry

         TD-GC-MS  Thermal Desorption Gas  Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry


Updated Standards


● IEC 62321-1   Introduction and overview

Main changes:Basically the same

● IEC 62321-2   Disassembly,disjunction and mechanical sample preparation

Main changes:Basically the same

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

Main changes:Basically the same

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

Main changes:Added the analytical technique of combustion ion chromatography

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

Main changes: New method (thermal desorption gold amalgamation system)

● 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

Main changes:Added total chromium test requirements,new detection methods (AFS)


● IEC 62321-6   Polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers in polymers by GC-MS,IAMS and HPLC

Main changes:New detection methods (IAMS/HPLC)

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

Main changes:Hexavalent chromium pretreatment and the machine tests still the same.Determination reference:below 0.1ug/cm2 negative,above 0.13µg/cm2 positive,0.1µg/cm2~0.13µg/cm2  inconclusive

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