Hygiene and Sanitary Products Testing
Your Partner in Product Analysis
Sanitary products are designed to come into contact with the skin. Consumers are highly sensitive to the issue of baby care products, especially when undesirable contamination is reported. Product safety and product sustainability requirements have become much more stringent in recent years. For example, in addition to the functional properties of the products, residues of possible toxic Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) are also the focus of consumer interest and are published or already regulated by the ECHA (European Chemicals Agency).
Currently, there is much discussion about Substances of Interest (SOI), this general test covers typical impurities or undesirable substances in hygiene products and their raw materials. EDANA (European Disposable Nonwoven Association) has published new analytical methods that combine sample preparation and analysis for the substances. GALAB can offer complete testing according to these methods. The methods can also be applied to other impurities or new SOI.
As an active member of EDANA, GALAB has experience in the analysis of babycare, femcare and adult incontinence products for trace residues. This also includes the analysis of the raw materials of these products.
For example, we can analyse your products for polychlorinated dioxins/furans, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), bisphenols, phthalates (plasticizers), perfluorinated compounds (PFAS, PFOA) and more.
We support you in all questions regarding residues in your hygiene products. Through our international network we can offer our service worldwide.
Consumer Durable Testing
We come into contact with many objects of everyday life. There are many contact options, e.g. with skin. Therefore gymnastic mats, bathing shoes or massage gloves should not release harmful substances upon contact with sweat or saliva. The same applies to objects we touch like garden hoses or handles.
Our nose detects scents of surrounding consumer durables. The range extends from the pleasant intended smells of a flower potpourri to the unpleasant chemical smells of some plastic products. The unpleasant smells are not necessarily caused by harmful substances. GALAB analyses allergenic fragrant substances for you, musk compounds or residues of undesired substances in recreational products and consumer durables of all kinds.
Baby and Children Toys Testing
Wood, Metal, Plastic, Textiles
Toys are manufactured with various raw materials. Again and again there are reports on contaminated toys: undesired plasticisers, nitrosamines, nickel or allergenic fragrances are just a few examples.
In June 2009 the EU has updated the regulation on safety of toys (2009/48/EC, toys regulation). Already since July 2011, the manufacturer or importer warrants for the technical safety of toys placed on the market. Since July 2013 the second part of the toys regulation is in force which defines maximum limits for applied chemicals.
The new regulation bans cancerogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic substances (CMR substances) in toys. The maximum limits for nickel, allowed PAHs and CMR substances were lowered. Newly included are organic tin compounds. 55 allergenic fragrances are banned completely, 11 have to be declared.
The stricter arrangements in Germany remain in force for the time being.
We are your partner when chemical product safety is concerned. We check conformity of your products according to current legislation or your own specifications.
Again and again there are reports on contaminated textiles – unauthorised dyes, undesired plasticisers and heavy metals are well-known examples. Consumers react especially sensitive where textiles for infants or babies are concerned.
We are your partner where chemical product safety of your textiles is concerned. We check your goods for undesired ingredients and therefor offer a broad spectrum of analytical parameters. Contact us, we are happy to help select relevant analytical parameters for you.
Get in touch, we will help you.