IEC 62321 provides 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, mechanical sample preparation as well as various test methods. May 17, 2013 IEC 62321: 2008 is split into a series of standards, while introducing new testing methods or apparatus, details are 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). 2018

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).

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) 2015

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 0.13μ/cm2 positive,0.1μ/cm2~0.13μ/cm2 inconclusive

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.