ASTM F963-17 Children’s Product Safety Requirements: An Overview

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ASTM F963-17

ASTM F963-17 is a safety standard for toys, covering chemicals and heavy metals, mechanical and physical properties, electrical safety, small parts, and flammability. Ensuring compliance with ASTM F963-17 is mandatory under CPSIA, for a wide range of toys and other children’s products.

In this guide, we explain what importers and brands must know about this standard, including its product scope, requirements, warning labels, lab testing procedures, and more.

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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.

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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

List of UL Standards Testing Companies: Our Top 7 Picks

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UL Testing Companies

Underwriter Laboratories (UL) are most well-known for developing product standards – also known as UL standards. While UL also offers lab testing services, other labs are also accredited to test products according to applicable UL standards.

In this guide, we list several leading companies offering UL standards testing solutions for electronics, and other product categories. Continue reading List of UL Standards Testing Companies: Our Top 7 Picks

How to Send Product Samples for Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

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Product testing is often required when importing products to the United States, European Union, Australia, Canada, and other countries. However, many importers struggle to understand how and when to submit product samples to the testing company.

In this guide, I explain how this process works and whether you should submit pre-production samples or batch samples or testing. Continue reading How to Send Product Samples for Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

Product Safety Lab Testing Costs: An Overview

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When it comes to product compliance, one of the biggest obstacles facing importers and exports is the cost of lab testing. Third-party lab testing can cost a hundred dollars, or tens of thousands, depending on the number of applicable regulations, required tests, number of products, materials, and colors.

That said, there are ways to keep costs under control, but only if you have a basic understanding of how the lab test costs are structured.

In this article, you will learn how testing companies price their testing services, and what you can do to keep them down to a certain extent. Continue reading Product Safety Lab Testing Costs: An Overview

List of Medical Devices Lab Testing Companies: Our Top 11 Picks

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Medical Devices Testing Lab

Product compliance is essential when importing or manufacturing medical devices, including face masks, medical gloves, and other products. Verifying medical device compliance requires the involvement a of qualified third-party testing company.

In this guide, we’ve listed 11 lab testing companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia, offering a wide range of testing and certification services for medical supplies. Continue reading List of Medical Devices Lab Testing Companies: Our Top 11 Picks

List of Notified Bodies in the United Kingdom: Our Top 11 Picks

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Notified Bodies

Looking for a Notified Body in the United Kingdom? In this guide, we list some of the UK’s Notified Bodies covering medical devices, personal protective equipment, electronics, and more. Each company profile also covers services, product categories, and location.

Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with any of the companies listed in this guide. We have selected these companies based on their claimed product scope, history, certification, and capabilities.

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Notice that this article was written and published before the UK has fully departed from the European Union. At this time, we cannot say if UK entities will be able to continue to act as Notified Bodies in the future. Continue reading List of Notified Bodies in the United Kingdom: Our Top 11 Picks

List of Product Lab Testing Companies in the United Kingdom: Our Top 10

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Product Lab Testing Companies United Kingdom

Looking for a qualified lab testing company in the United Kingdom? In this guide, we list some of the UK’s leading product compliance testing firms, covering textiles, electronics, children’s products, food contact materials, cosmetics and much more.

Each company profile also includes main product categories, testing services, capabilities, and location.

Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with any of the companies listed in this guide. We have selected these companies based on their claimed product scope, history, certification, and capabilities. Continue reading List of Product Lab Testing Companies in the United Kingdom: Our Top 10