Chemical Testing

The support you need to comply with chemical and mechanical safety requirements

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  • Protecting the health of users and the environment

    Making sure users are not exposed to chemical or mechanical safety risks can be a complex task. Chemicals are found everywhere; whether they are naturally present in raw materials or added to create specific characteristics, they have become a heavily regulated area. In addition, assessing the mechanical aspects of a product and the conditions under which they could pose a threat to users is a complicated area of expertise that requires solid attention from manufacturers. Chemical as well as mechanical aspects should be assessed and tested to protect users from unnecessary risks.

  • Why DEKRA?

    DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 accredited

    We provide accredited testing services to enable you to demonstrate that your products do not contain unsafe levels of chemicals or any restricted substances.

    Market-specific knowledge

    Our experts are ready to explain the specifics of your target market, enabling you to understand what is required to avoid unnecessary risks.

    A broad service portfolio

    Through our global network of laboratories, we offer safety testing and performance testing services focused on many different aspects of chemical substances.

  • Do you want to find out which substances are regulated? 

    And whether they are present in your products? Which mechanical tests are necessary, and how often? Which documents you need from your suppliers and whether they meet legal requirements? At DEKRA, we ensure that you are aware of the specific legal requirements.

  • Chemical Testing

    RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)

    In Europe, the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment is dictated by the RoHS directive, which is aimed at reducing the negative environmental impact of products and minimizing their toxicity. The directive restricts the use of heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium), brominated flame retardants (PBBs and PBDEs) and phthalates. It is also closely related to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive, which concerns disposal of such devices.

    REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals)

    In addition to RoHS, it is necessary for manufacturers and importers bringing products containing certain chemicals onto the EU market to provide proper documentation about those substances. The REACH regulation imposes strict restrictions on and obligations for the registration of hazardous chemicals. Moreover, particularly hazardous chemicals require official authorization.

    Food contact testing

    On top of that, equipment and materials intended to come into contact with food must be subject to additional tests. So-called food contact testing ensures the existing chemicals in food contact materials will not migrate into the food in a way that could endanger human health, change the composition of the food, or cause its taste and odor to deteriorate. Different regulations exist for different countries.

    Chemical Testing

    RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)

    In Europe, the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment is dictated by the RoHS directive, which is aimed at reducing the negative environmental impact of products and minimizing their toxicity. The directive restricts the use of heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium), brominated flame retardants (PBBs and PBDEs) and phthalates. It is also closely related to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive, which concerns disposal of such devices.

    REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals)

    In addition to RoHS, it is necessary for manufacturers and importers bringing products containing certain chemicals onto the EU market to provide proper documentation about those substances. The REACH regulation imposes strict restrictions on and obligations for the registration of hazardous chemicals. Moreover, particularly hazardous chemicals require official authorization.

    Food contact testing

    On top of that, equipment and materials intended to come into contact with food must be subject to additional tests. So-called food contact testing ensures the existing chemicals in food contact materials will not migrate into the food in a way that could endanger human health, change the composition of the food, or cause its taste and odor to deteriorate. Different regulations exist for different countries.

  • Which mechanical tests are necessary and how often?

    For many products used today, common threats are injuries caused by sharp-edge parts, bruises and falls, to name a few. On the one hand, DEKRA checks whether products can withstand mechanical stresses during daily use and on the other whether they are constructed in such a way that they can be safely used. This includes a review of the complete user documentation, including the instruction manuals and safety regulations. DEKRA supports research into relevant standards as well as the compilation of technical documentation, risk assessments and standards interpretation.

    • Selected recognitions

      • DIN EN 62321
      • 17025 lab accreditation
      • Directive (EU) 2015/863
      • DAkkS authorization
      • GS authorization
      • Gütegemeinschaft Möbel
      • BIFMA

    • We test among others

      • Furniture
      • Ladders
      • Shelves
      • Steps
      • Scaffolds
      • Lifting devices
      • Car accessories
      • Floor-borne vehicles
      • Gymnastic equipment/playground devices
      • Toys
      • Childcare products

  • How can we help you?

    Our experts are on hand to explain the specifics of your target market, enabling you to understand what is required to avoid unnecessary risks (e.g. being fined or having to issue a product recall). We provide accredited testing services to enable you to demonstrate that your products do not contain unsafe levels of chemicals or any restricted substances and are mechanically safe.

    Chemical safety is a topic of concern in relation to most materials, components and products nowadays. DEKRA measures whether harmful chemical substances are present in different products and assesses whether the concentration is below the regulated limits. In addition, DEKRA measures volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions – from consumer products as well as industrial and automotive components – to prevent hazardous substances from being released into the environment.

    – Martti Haas, Sales Chemical Laboratories

  • Martti Haas
    Contact person

    Martti Haas

    Sales Chemical Laboratories
  • Dirk Spruijt
    Contact person

    Dirk Spruijt

    Consumer market segment, Global/Europe
  • Charles Chi
    Contact person

    Charles Chi

    Consumer market segment, Asia
  • Toke Reijs
    Contact person

    Toke Reijs

    Retail market segment, Global
  • Raphael Thomas
    Contact person

    Raphael Thomas

    Retail market segment, Asia
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