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Physico-chemical testing solutions for cosmetics, detergents and absorbent hygiene products.

Physical and chemical testing is essential for product registration and helps to ensure only safe and compliant products are placed onto the market. Accurate and verifiable safety and quality data simplifies the regulatory compliance process.

Physical and chemical testing services for cosmetics, detergents and personal hygiene products

We provide comprehensive physical and chemical testing solutions through our global network of state-of-the-art laboratories, covering a wide range of raw materials, cosmetics, personal care, detergents, household care and absorbent hygiene products. 

Services include:

  • Physical characteristics evaluation (e.g., pH, viscosity, density, flash point, mass, etc.)
  • Active substances identification and quantification (e.g., UV filters, vitamins, antioxidants, aluminum salts, preservatives, etc.)
  • Restricted substances, contaminants and impurities analysis:
    • Heavy metals
    • Allergens
    • Formaldehyde content
    • Nitrosamines
    • Phthalates
    • Pesticides & preservatives
    • 1,4 dioxane
    • Glycol ether
    • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
    • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
    • Substances of very high concern (SVHC)
    • Endocrine disruptors
    • Phenols (NP, OP, NPEO, OPEO)
    • Absorbable organic halides (AOX)
    • and more
  • Packaging migration
  • Ecotoxicology and biodegradability

Analytical techniques include:

  • Spectroscopy:
    • UV/Vis
    • FTIR
    • Atomic absorption spectroscopy – flame/graphite/VGA
    • ICP-OES and ICP-MS
  • Chromatography:
    • TLC
    • HPLC/UPLC (with UV, PDA, FLD, RI, Corona, ELSD – detectors)
    • GC/HS (with TCD/FID/MS – detectors)

Why choose SGS?

SGS is recognized as the benchmark for quality and integrity. Wherever you operate in the world, we support you at every step of your product’s development – from raw materials to end product – helping you to deliver safe, effective and compliant products to global markets.

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