• List of REACH Lab Testing Companies: Our Top 6 Picks

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    REACH Lab Testing Companies

    Planning to sell textiles, watches, bags or other consumer products in the European Union? If so, you should consider getting your products REACH compliance tested. In this article, we list a number of companies offering REACH testing services for importers, exporters, and manufacturers

    QIMA

    Established in 1997, QIMA is a quality assurance and compliance lab-testing company, with its headquarters in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

    The company was initially focused on product inspection, and only later on expanded its business by offering a variety of services such as lab-testing, supply chain audits, and certification.

    QIMA has laboratories and branch offices that provide lab-testing against REACH regulation in many countries. It also developed an online platform that allows its clients to schedule REACH tests and review test results easily.

    Services

    • Textiles AZO colorants testing
    • Nickel release testing
    • PCTs testing
    • Benzene testing
    • Asbestos fibers testing
    • Arsenic compounds testing
    • Mercury compounds testing
    • Cadmium testing
    • Toys phthalates testing

    Company information

    a. Year of Registration: 1997

    b. Countries with Testing Facilities: China, Hong Kong, Philippines, India, Vietnam, Spain, UK, France, USA, Canada, Mexico, and others

    c. Accreditations and Certificates: ISO 9001:2015, ICS (Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability), IFIA, ANAB, HOKLAS, RJC

    HQ Address: Sino Plaza 8th Floor, 255-257 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

    Bureau Veritas

    Bureau Veritas was established in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1828. Today the company owns more than 1,400 regional offices and facilities across 140 countries.

    The company offers a wide range of services to ensure clients’ products can meet REACH compliance requirements. They provide REACH related chemical testing, technical dossier assistance, risk assessments, toxicological assessments, and factory chemical management systems audits.

    Besides REACH, Bureau Veritas offers a variety of lab testing against different regulations including CE Directives, and CPSC.

    Services

    • Textiles AZO colorants testing
    • Nickel release testing
    • PBT testing
    • Toxic for reproduction testing
    • Benzene testing
    • Cadmium testing
    • Toys phthalates testing
    • Carcinogenic testing

    Company information

    a. Year of Registration: 1828

    b. Countries with Testing Facilities: China, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, India, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, Germany, Turkey, UK, and others

    c. Accreditations and Certificates: EN ISO 9001:2015, EN ISO 14001:2015, OHSAS 18001:2007

    HQ Address: 67/71, Boulevard du Chateau Neuilly-Sur-Seine, 92200, France

    SGS

    SGS was founded in 1878, with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It offers lab testing, inspection, verification, and certification.

    The company provides solutions to help clients against REACH compliance requirements as the following:

    a. Register substances by supplying data on the properties of their chemicals

    b. Develop chemical safety assessments

    c. Implement risk management measures

    d. Notify Europe’s regulatory authorities about the use of hazardous substances

    SGS also offers REACH services for the cosmetics and personal care product industry, to ensure clients’ products can compliant with REACH legislation.

    In addition, the company arranges REACH training courses and seminars to let people understand more about REACH and how REACH impact their business.

    Services

    • SVHC testing
    • Annex XVII testing
    • Toys phthalates testing
    • Carcinogenic testing
    • Textiles AZO colorants testing
    • Nickel release testing
    • PBT testing
    • Toxic for reproduction testing
    • Benzene testing
    • Cadmium testing

    Company information

    a. Year of Registration: 1878

    b. Countries with Testing Facilities: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Turkey, Germany, Mexico, and others

    c. Accreditations and Certificates: ISO 50003:2014, ISO IEC 17021:2015, ISO IEC 17065:2012

    HQ Address: 1 Place des Alpes, P.O. Box 2152, 1211 Geneva 1, Switzerland

    TUV

    TUV was established in 1973, it provides lab testing, product inspections, quality consulting, and supplier audits.

    TUV offers REACH services that cooperate with Luxcontrol, which is an analytical laboratory and control organization founded in 1978.

    The company offers REACH consultation, analysis of REACH involvement, REACH project plan, risk analysis including SVHC substances, conformity evaluation, substance inventory, data gap, and cost analysis and REACH registration preparation.

    Services

    • SHVC testing
    • Screening tests for CMR categories 1 and 2
    • Textiles AZO colorants testing
    • Nickel release testing
    • PCTs testing
    • Toys phthalates testing
    • Mercury compounds testing
    • Cadmium testing

    Company information

    a. Year of Registration: 1973

    b. Countries with Testing Facilities: China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, USA, Turkey, Germany, and others

    c. Accreditations and Certificates: ISO 9001, ISO 50001, ISO IEC 17025, ISO IEC 17065

    HQ Address: 30519 Hannover, Germany

    Intertek

    Established in 1888, Intertek currently has more than 44,000 employees that operate lab testing, inspection, quality assurance, and certification across more than 100 countries.

    The company works with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) and EU governments to assist its clients to meet REACH compliance requirements.
    Intertek offers a full range of REACH related services.

    It provides full-cycle of REACH registration services that include pre-registration, SIEF participation, risk assessments, Chemical Safety Assessments (CSA), Chemical Safety Reports (CSR), REACH testing, and registration submission.

    Further, being a leading REACH testing company, Intertek’s team uses the advanced facilities and software such as IUCLID software and REACH-IT portal.

    Services

    • SHVC testing
    • REACH SVHC risk assessment
    • REACH Physico-chemical property determination
    • Textiles AZO colorants testing
    • Nickel release testing
    • PCTs testing
    • Toys phthalates testing
    • Mercury compounds testing
    • Cadmium testing
    • REACH corporate training

    Company information

    a. Year of Registration: 1885

    b. Countries with Testing Facilities: China, Hong Kong, Korea, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Turkey, USA, Mexico, and others

    c. Accreditations and Certificates: BSMI, FCC, ISO 17021, ISO 17065

    HQ Address: 33 Cavendish Square, London, UK

    C&K Testing

    C&K Testing is a subsidiary of CIRS, a company that offers lab testing and inspection services.

    The company has its headquarters in Hangzhou, China, and branch office and laboratories in Beijing, Nanjing, Ningbo, Korea, and the US.

    C&K Testing offers a wide range of REACH related services, it helps clients to identify all possible hazardous substances under SVHC (Substance of Very High Concern), and it provides REACH Annex XVII testing service.

    In addition, the company provides consulting services and training for REACH, RoHS, CPSIA, and other regulations.

    Services

    • SHVC testing
    • REACH Annex XVII testing
    • Textiles AZO colorants testing
    • Nickel release testing
    • PCTs testing
    • Toys phthalates testing
    • Mercury compounds testing
    • Cadmium testing
    • REACH corporate training

    Company information

    a. Year of Registration: 2008

    b. Countries with Testing Facilities: China, Korea, USA

    c. Accreditations and Certificates: Not mentioned

    HQ Address: 1/F, No, 4 Building, Huaye Hi-Tech Industrial Park, No.1180, Bin’an Road, Binjiang District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

    Frequently asked questions

    How do I choose a lab for REACH testing?

    First of all, although it’s not an official requirement, it might be better to choose an EU based company, as REACH is an EU regulation.

    Therefore, a company with headquarters in the EU might be more familiar with the regulation.

    Second, you should consider a company that operates a lab in the country where you manufacture your product. This allows your manufacturer to have a clear and fast communication with the lab; also, you will probably save on sample shipping costs and minimize delays.

    In addition, even though the listed labs provide almost the same services or product categories against REACH regulation, but they may have different pre-sales and after-sales services, some of them offer full-cycle follow-up services until your shipment.

    How long it takes to get my product tested for REACH?

    Generally speaking, it depends on the materials and color variations of your product. In many cases, you will probably get the test report from the testing lab within around 2 to 4 weeks.

    How much does a REACH test cost?

    Although prices might vary, it shall cost around $300 to 600 based on two to three different materials and color variations.

    Note that REACH requires a full SKU lab testing; therefore, the more the materials and colors variation contained in your product, the more the test will cost.

    On another hand, most labs offer a discount for multiple substances and/or variations.

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  • 2 Responses to “List of REACH Lab Testing Companies: Our Top 6 Picks

    1. Aleksandr at 8:00 pm

      We want to receive a certificate of conformity for children’s educational toys that are produced in Russia. To do this, we need help to certify the materials that are used in production: paper, cardboard, glue, plywood, wood, laces, Velcro, packaging, paint

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 11:57 am

        Hello Aleksandr,

        Are these products intended for sales in the EU?

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