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In addition to SGS having international expertise in test provision, we have have in-depth knowledge of local statutory and regulatory requirements, making us the perfect partner for detecting substances that are forbidden in different parts of the world.

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Our controversial substance analysis services are a vital support for any business producing cosmetic products, and can reduce the risk of problems arising during the marketing, importing or exporting of products.

Our international experts have specialist knowledge of which substances are banned in different regions or countries – for example, the US, Canada, Japan, and Europe have different lists of banned substances. We can guide you through the maze of requirements your products must meet and conduct tests to detect banned substances, such as:

  • Heavy metals
  • Phthalates
  • Glycol ethers
  • Formol and formol releasers
  • Nitrosamines
  • Allergens
  • Poly aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Pesticides
  • Mycotoxins
  • GMO

These tests not only highlight problems at the earliest opportunity, ideally before you have invested time and money in developing or transporting a product, they also help protect your brand integrity by reducing the risk of your products provoking controversy.

Our consultants are available to advise on a program to suit your business needs.

Allow SGS to bear the burden of detecting controversial substances in your products and give your organization the peace of mind that its products are safe for use across your whole target audience.