Eurofins Testing and Certification Services Guide: An Overview

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Eurofins Guide
Eurofins is a world-renowned testing and certification company that provides high-quality services to companies all over the world. Founded in 1987, the company is headquartered in Luxembourg and has offices and labs in more than 70 countries and markets, including the EU, the US, and China.

This guide explores how Eurofins came to be, and which countries and markets it provides services for. In addition, we cover the various testing and certification services offered by the company and its accreditations.

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Company History

During its first decade following its establishment in 1987, Eurofins Scientific marketed its SNIF-NMR technology to monitor the alcohol content in wine by using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to detect the presence of sugar in the wine-making process. Eurofins then expanded this service to cover a broader range of food and beverage products.

Over the next ten years, the company broadened its technology portfolio in the food and environment sector. It was listed on the Paris Stock Exchange in 1997 and the Frankfurt Deutsche Börse in 2000.

In 2005, Eurofins was the first lab to offer bird flu virus (H5N1) testing for food products. By 2008, it had more than 150 labs in 29 countries, including acquired labs such as TestAmerica Laboratories, and Viracor-IBT Laboratories.

During its third decade, Eurofins continued to grow organically, expanding its focus to North America. In 2016, its revenues exceeded 2 billion Euro. In recent years, the company focused on improving the infrastructure for its testing services, for a wide range of products.

Today, Eurofins operates 900 labs with 58,000 staff in 54 countries, has an international network of over 1,000 independent companies, and performs 450 million tests yearly.

HQ: Eurofins GSC LUX, Val Fleuri 23, 1526 Luxembourg

Countries and markets

Eurofins provides services like testing and certification for companies in markets like the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Australia.

The following sections introduce several services that Eurofins offers for the abovementioned markets.

The United States and Canada

Eurofins offers testing and certification services to ensure that products are in compliance with the requirements of US regulations like the CPSIA, FDA 21 CFR, or FCC Part 15.

The company is accredited by A2LA, FCC, and the CPSC in the US. The Standards Council of Canada also accredited Eurofins to test and certify products.

Standards

Eurofins provides product safety testing services for the US market against standards like:

  • ASME standards
  • ASTM standards
  • UL standards
  • NFPA standards

For example, the company conducts several types of ASTM-related tests, such as:

  • Flammability testing
  • Toy product safety testing
  • Distribution testing
  • Specialty and investigative testing

Also, the Standards Council of Canada has accredited Eurofins to carry out testing against the following standards:

a. NFPA 790 – Standard for Competency of Third-Party Field Evaluation Bodies

b. NFPA 791 – Recommended Practice and Procedures for Unlabeled Electrical Equipment Evaluation

CPSIA

In 2008, the CPSC enacted the CPSIA to provide regulations for how children’s toys should be safely manufactured so they don’t pose any danger to children.

As such, Eurofins offers to test the safety of children’s products in their CPSC-accepted labs so that said products can be sold in the US. They also offer the following services related to CPSIA:

  • Risk assessment
  • Labeling review
  • Fault analysis

FDA 21 CFR

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the regulatory body for mostly food-related and medical devices manufactured, imported, and sold in the US. In 2021, the FDA granted Eurofins’ test lab with an Accreditation Scheme for Conformity Assessment (ASCA) recognition for Premarket Testing of Medical Devices.

Eurofins also provides FDA-related testing services such as chromatographic analysis and chemistry analysis to check products for:

  • Pesticides
  • Indole
  • Veterinary drug pesticides
  • Melamine and cyanuric acid
  • Histamines

FCC Part 15

Importers and manufacturers might need to have their radiofrequency products tested because FCC Part 15 requires that such equipment should neither emit electromagnetic interference beyond a certain threshold nor harm members of the public.

As a Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB), Eurofins provides testing and evaluation services to importing and manufacturers intending to sell radiofrequency products in the US.

OSH Act

Eurofins is a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) by the Occupational Safety and Health Assessment (OSHA).

As such, qualified experts at Eurofins provide companies with services that include:

  • Certification for OSHAS 18001 (standard for occupational health and safety)
  • Certification for ISO 45001 (standard for occupational health and safety)
  • Chemical health risk assessment (CHRA)
  • Local exhaust ventilation monitoring

Canada Electrical Testing

Eurofins can provide testing, and inspection services to importers and manufacturers planning to sell their electrical products in Canada. This includes:

  • Product safety testing
  • Energy efficiency testing
  • Measurement approval of electricity meters

US locations

Eurofins is located all across the United States. We list five states below where one can find them:

  • California
  • Texas
  • Florida
  • Washington
  • Colorado

Canadian locations

While Canada’s Eurofins headquarters is in Alberta, its other offices and labs can be found in places such as

  • Toronto
  • Ottawa
  • Montreal
  • Quebec City

United Kingdom

Eurofins provides testing and certification services against several regulations that require the UKCA mark. It also provides testing services according to various British standards.

Standards

As mentioned above, the company offers testing services against British standards. Here are some examples:

a. BS 5852 – Methods of test for assessment of the ignitability of upholstered seating by smoldering and flaming ignition sources

b. BS 6807 – Fire test for mattresses, upholstered divans and upholstered bed bases

c. BS 7177 – Specification for resistance to ignition of mattresses, mattress pads, divans and bed bases

UK Regulations

Eurofins offers to test products in its UK test lab for compliance with the requirements of regulations that require the United Kingdom Conformity Assessed (UKCA) Mark. This includes testing services for products that fall under the scope of the following regulations:

a. Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations

b. Radio Equipment Regulations

c. Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations

d. Personal Protective Equipment Regulations

e. Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations

UK locations

Eurofins has several offices and labs around the United Kingdom, including in:

  • Glasgow
  • Ellesmere
  • Derby
  • Coventry

European Union

The following sections explore the various services that Eurofins provides to companies so that they can safely sell their products in the European Union.

Standards

Eurofins provides testing services against standards set out by CENELEC and ETSI to importers and manufacturers intending to sell their goods in the EU.

Here are some of the standards for which Eurofins provide testing services:

  • EN 55103-1 – Audio/video equipment for professional use
  • EN 50130-4 – Components of alarm systems
  • EN 300 386 – Telecommunication Network Equipment
  • EN 301 489 – Radio & wireless

CE Marking Directives

Importers and manufacturers intending to sell their products in the European Union have to ensure that their products bear the CE marking on them, when necessary. Eurofins provides services for CE Marking directives such as:

  • RoHS Directive
  • Low Voltage Directive
  • Toy Safety Directive
  • Machinery Directive

REACH

Eurofins provides companies with testing services to ensure that their products conform to Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation requirements.

As such, Eurofins can help to ensure that your product complies with the restriction conditions under REACH’s SVHC Candidate List or Annex XVII.

EU locations

Eurofins has a handful of offices and labs around the European Union, including in:

  • Belgium
  • France
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Spain

Australia & New Zealand

The company can test products against different AS/NZS standards, such as:

  • AS/NZS 8124 – Safety of toys
  • AS/NZS 4474 – Household refrigerated appliances
  • AS/NZS 5815 – Computer monitors
  • AS/NZS 4665 – External power supplies

Additionally, Eurofins provides testing against AS/NZS 4020 concerning the quality of drinking water.

Australian locations

Eurofins can be found in all of Australia’s states except Victoria.

Certification services

Eurofins offers certification services for several markets, including their proprietary MET Mark NRTL Certification for the US and Canada.

The following sections outline Eurofins’ various certification services.

MET Mark NRTL Certification

In 1989, OSHA fully recognized Eurofins as an NRTL. As such, the company can provide certification services for many products that can be used at work and testing services to over 230+ standards. Eurofins is also accredited by the Standards Council of Canada.

The MET Mark NRTL Certification, which is awarded by Eurofins, indicates compliance for products that are used in the workplace, in both the United States and Canada.

Specifically, products bearing the MET Mark have been tested against relevant standards, such as UL and CSA standards. Optionally, the MET Mark can also specify which UL and CSA standards the product complies with.

Eurofins can provide necessary clarification of the national requirements should any retail store request it.

MET Meter Certification

Eurofins’ MET Meter Certification Program offers an all-encompassing range of tests to help manufacturers ensure that the safety and performance of their electric metering products is up to standard.

Here are some testing standards that are relevant to the program:

a. Accuracy Testing (e.g.ANSI C12.1, ANSI C12.20)

b. Product Safety Testing (e.g. UL 61010, CSA 22.2 No. 61010-1)

c. Surge Testing (EN 62052-11, ANSI C62.41, ANSI C37.90.1)

d. Electromagnetic Compatibility/Wireless Testing (e.g. FCC Part 15, Radiated Immunity, Radiated Emissions Testing)

The program also provides manufacturers with the resources to make sure that they meet time-to-market deadlines and that their products comply with up-to-date regulatory standards.

MET NEBS Certification

Eurofins provides Network Equipment Building System (NEBS) testing and certification services at their fully-equipped and accredited laboratories around the United States and Canada, via their MET NEBS Certification service.

Eurofins’ NEBS testing integrates both domestic and international regulatory compliance by creating custom test programs. The goal is to save time, money, and the need to coordinate testing at multiple test facilities.

Once Eurofins has deemed a product to be compliant via their NEBS testing, the company awards manufacturers with the MET NEBS Certification Mark, which indicates that the products have undergone intense scrutiny and have been declared safe for sale and use.

The company also holds regular NEBS seminars and workshops, offering manufacturers the chance to attend them. Eurofins also provides design review services as well as assistance in ensuring compliance.

Medical Devices Certification

Eurofins offers several certification services for medical devices. This includes:

a. ISO 13485 QMS Certification

b. MET Mark NRTL Certification for FDA-approved medical devices

Eurofins also provides Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) certification services in Finland.

China Compulsory Certification

Eurofins has an accredited laboratory in Hong Kong that offers China Compulsory Certification (CCC) services for manufacturers intending to sell plastics and metal toys in China.

Additionally, the company provides these CCC services by partnering with their Certification Center of Light Industry Council (CCLC) lab in Beijing.

Testing services

Eurofins has many accredited test labs around the world that offer a broad range of testing services. The following sections introduce some of those testing services that companies might seek out to ensure their products comply with relevant regulations.

Chemical Testing

Eurofins can conduct chemical testing services, such as:

  • REACH-SVHC testing
  • Food contact testing
  • Chemical permeation testing
  • RoHS testing
  • Migration tests of hazardous substances

Electrical Safety

Eurofins provides safety testing for electrical products, for example:

  • Household and similar electrical appliances
  • Medical electrical equipment
  • Measuring relays and protection equipment
  • Hand-held motor-operated tools

Energy Efficiency

The company offers energy efficiency testing services against regulations and standards such as:

a. Ecodesign Directive (EU)

b. (EC) No. 244/2009; (EC) No. 859/2009; (EU) 2015/1428; Non-directional household lamps (EU)

c. DOE energy efficiency (US)

d. AS/NZS 4474.1, AS/NZS 4474.2 – Household refrigerated appliances (Australia and New Zealand)

Medical Devices

Eurofins provides testing services to companies wanting to ensure the safety of medical devices. This includes services for the following EU regulations and directives:

  • Medical Device Regulation
  • IVD Directive
  • Medical Device Directive

Eurofins Accreditations

Eurofins has been accredited by various regulatory bodies. We list some of them below.

North America United Kingdom European Union
A2LA UKAS EN ISO/IEC 17020
CPSC-Accepted BSMI EN ISO/IEC 17021
FCC EN ISO/IEC 17025
ISED
NRCan

Notified Body

We list below several EU countries where Eurofins is an accredited notified body, and for which directives.

Germany

Eurofins Product Service GmbH is accredited for the following directives:

  • Medical Device Directive
  • EMC Directive
  • Radio Equipment Directive

France

Eurofins ATS is accredited for the Toy Safety Directive.

Spain

Eurofins Textile Testing Spain S.L.U. is accredited for the Personal Protective Equipment Regulation.

Italy

Eurofins Product Testing Italy S.r.l. is accredited for directives and regulations such as:

  • Medical Devices Regulation
  • Pressure Equipment Directive
  • Personal Protective Equipment Regulation
  • Machinery Directive

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