Food Contact Material Regulations in the United Kingdom

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Food Contact Material Regulations in the United Kingdom

Are you importing or manufacturing food contact materials (FCM) products for the UK market? Applicable regulations might vary according to the type of product and material. Also, depending on the product, you would have to observe FCM regulations which may continue to come from EU regulatory sources.

This article covers documentation, labelling and other requirements that are applicable to various FCMs. This article does not cover FCM regulations for Northern Ireland.
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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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QIMA Testing and Certification Services Guide: An Overview

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QIMA Guide

QIMA, formerly known as AsiaInspection, is a relative newcomer to the testing, inspection, and certification industry. That said, QIMA is a pioneer when it comes to providing an easy-to-use digital platform for booking lab testing and quality inspections.

In many ways, QIMA has made product compliance testing, inspection, and certification more accessible and affordable to SMEs and e-commerce businesses.

This guide serves as an introduction to QIMA’s company history, testing and inspection services, main markets, accreditations, and more.

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SGS Testing and Certification Services Guide: An Overview

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SGS Guide

SGS is often synonymous with product testing and certification to the point that manufacturers sometimes refer to lab testing as “SGS testing”. That’s not surprising, given the incredible scope of product compliance services offered by Switzerland-based SGS.

This guide serves as an introduction to SGS company history, testing and certification services, main markets, accreditations, and more.

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Bureau Veritas Testing and Certification Services Guide: An Overview

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Bureau Veritas Guide

Bureau Veritas is nearly 200 years old, with origins in the maritime industry. Today, the French giant offers a wide range of testing and certification services applicable to nearly every consumer product sold on the planet. It also has offices and testing facilities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

This guide serves as an introduction to Bureau Veritas company history, testing and certification services, main markets, accreditations, and more.

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Intertek Testing and Certification Services Guide: An Overview

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Intertek Guide

Intertek has established itself as one of the world’s leading testing and certification companies. Headquartered in London, the company offers certification and testing services to brands, importers, and manufacturers desiring to ensure the safety of their products.

Intertek also has numerous accreditations, such as A2LA, UKAS, and ISO 17021.

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CPSC Product Safety Regulations and Standards: An Overview

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CPSC Regulations and Standards Guide

Planning to import and sell products to US consumers and not sure what safety regulations apply to your product? In this guide, we cover the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), and other related Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) acts.

Please note that this is a non-exhaustive list of CPSC regulations.
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List of TSCA Lab Testing Companies: Our Top 10 Picks

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TSCA Lab Testing Companies

Planning to get your products tested according to Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) requirements? In this guide, we list several lab testing companies offering TSCA-related testing services for a wide range of products.

Learn more about TSCA

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How to Verify Lab Test Reports & Product Certificates: A Practical Guide

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Verify Test Reports and Product Certificates

Accepting lab test reports from suppliers at face value can be extremely costly. We have dealt with many cases in which importers have assumed the validity of lab test reports that later on turned out to be completely useless.

When using existing test reports, you need to be absolutely certain that it’s not only an authentic document – but also valid for your supplier and product. Often that is not the case.

In this guide, I’ll explain how to “read” and verify lab test reports. Continue reading How to Verify Lab Test Reports & Product Certificates: A Practical Guide

Finding the Right Product Testing Company: Testxchange Q&A

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Testxchange

Finding a product testing lab with the right product scope, price range and accreditation is challenging – especially as a small business or startup. In my experience, they sometimes don’t even bother responding to smaller businesses.

To better understand what it takes to find a qualified lab, and what that means in practice, we reached out to Testxchange – a lab test booking platform based in Germany. Continue reading Finding the Right Product Testing Company: Testxchange Q&A