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REACH compliance

REACH compliance testing

REACH is an EU regulation that deals with the production and use of chemical substances.

Its purpose is to minimise the risks from hazardous chemicals to human health and the environment.

The regulations limit or prohibit the use of certain substances in consumer goods.

We conduct testing for the following substances:

Substance Entry 20: Organic Tin

We test for the total tin level in organic tin compounds.
Organic tin compounds include Dibutyltin (DBT) and Dioctyltin (DOT).
These can be present in consumer goods such as PVC items, textiles, footwear, children’s products, gloves and nappies.
Depending on the product, REACH regulations specify either a maximum limit or total prohibition.


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Substance Entry 23: Total Cadmium

We test for the total cadmium level present in various polymers such as PVC, polyurethane and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
We also test for cadmium in paints and painted articles.


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Substance Entry 63 and CPSIA: Total Lead
We test for total lead level present in a variety of consumer products, including those which children — especially children under 36 months — may put in their mouths.

Consumer products that require total lead testing include:

    • Jewellery including bracelets, necklaces, rings, brooches, cufflinks, watches, wrist wear and jewellery for piercings.
    • Padlocks
    • Clothing and textiles
    • Cutlery
    • Footwear, including novelty slippers
    • Stationery
    • Books


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Substance Entries 51 and 52: Restricted phthalates

Phthalates are added to plastics to make them more flexible or transparent. They can also increase the durability and longevity of plastics.

Six of these phthalates are governed by REACH as they pose higher risks to the environment and human health.

We test for all six phthalates:

Substance Entry 51 applies to PVC and plastics used in toys and child care articles. It covers the following substances:

  • BBP Butyl benzyl phthalate 85-68-7
  • DBP Di-butyl phthalate 84-74-2
  • DEHP Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate 117-82-8

Substance Entry 52 applies to toys and childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth. It covers the following substances:

  • DINP Di-isononyl phthalate 28553-12-0
  • DIDP Di-iso-decyl phthalate 26761-40-0
  • DNOP Di-n-octyl phthalate 117-84-0


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