Consumer Goods and Retail Testing
With more than 130 years' experience, SGS offers the broadest range of product testing to clients around the world. Our global network of testing facilities, staffed by knowledgeable and experienced personnel, can smooth your products’ route to market.
Our cost effective testing services enable you to reduce risk, shorten time to market and demonstrate the quality and safety of your product(s). Our testing services include, but are not limited to:
- Physical and mechanical tests
- Chemical (e.g. Volatile Organic Compounds - VOC) tests
- Materials tests
- Food contact tests
- Flammability tests
- Performance tests
- Microbiology or Microbiological tests
- Electrical safety tests
- Electromagnetic Compliance (EMC) tests
- Environmental safety tests
For the toy industry, our global network of labs can conduct tests against all international or national standards (for example EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, EN 71 standards, CPSIA, ASTM F963 and FDA standards). SGS can also help the toy industry comply with other legislation that also applies to products other than toys, such as legislation for hazardous substances in packaging material, articles that may come into contact with food, or cosmetics. For example, we can test against REACH, RoHS, and EMC regulations/directives.
Our pre-shipment testing (PST) checks that there has been no deviation in production and that the products actually comply with toy standards and client’s specifications. It is the last stage for product control before toys are displayed on store shelves and bought by parents.