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Physical and Chemical Testing

Physical and chemical testing from SGS ensures your products meet regulatory limits and perform as expected.

Physical testing can be applied at any stage of production, from testing the qualities of raw materials to examining the durability of completed products. Conducted on a hugely diverse range of materials and products, our physical testing services include:

  • Evaluation of  key product physical characteristics:
    • Appearance, color, odor
    • pH value
    • Density
    • Viscosity
    • Melting  point
    • Flash point
    • Moisture content
    • Fatty acid composition
    • Foam test

For cosmetics and personal care accessories:

  • Weathering tests:
    • Humidity
    • Heat
    • Resistance to corrosion
  • Leakage
  • Functionality

With our global network of chemical testing laboratories you can rely on us to test for compliance against standards, including determination of:

  • Allergens (26 restricted fragrance allergens test)
  • Preservatives (e.g. parabens)
  • Active ingredients (e.g. UV filters, vitamins, antioxidants, aluminium salts)
  • Restricted substances, contaminants and impurities:
    • Heavy metals migration (e.g. lead, mercury, arsenic)
    • Free formaldehyde content
    • Nitrosamines
    • Phthalates
    • Pesticides
    • 1,4 Dioxane
    • Diethylene Glycol (DEG)
    • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
    • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
    • Substances of Very High Concerns (SVHCs)

Our physical and chemical tests help give products a competitive edge by demonstrating their durability, stability and safety to customers. All services are available individually or as part of a tailor made package.

  • SGS Headquarters

1 Place des Alpes,

P.O. Box 2152 1211,

Geneva Switzerland

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