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DEKRA Labor Bretten

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DEKRA Automobil GmbH, Germany



Handwerkstr. 17

70565 Stuttgart

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Chemical safety testing services

Material testing and damage analysis

Monitoring of chemical safety is essential in the manufacture of consumer goods. Compliance with international chemical regulations such as RoHS and REACH, for food contact materials and customer specifications are often required. But hazardous substances also pose a risk at the workplace. Our accredited chemical laboratories offer comprehensive testing services and expertise.

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Chemical analyses of pollutants for workplace measurements and dangerous goods testing for classification according to the UN Manual

Pollutants, mixtures of substances, dusts, fibres, gases, aerosols and vapours can represent a problem in the air at workplaces, even to the point of exceeding workplace limit values. DEKRA offers you comprehensive chemical laboratory services for your required workplace measurements. Also to ensure transport safety and the correct handling of dangerous goods, we support you with laboratory tests for the classification of substances, mixtures, products and waste according to the UN Manual on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.

Labortest gefährliche Substanzen

Your benefits from hazardous substances analyses and dangerous goods testing at DEKRA

  • accredited laboratory analyses of workplace air quality with quartz, dusts, organic compounds, heavy metals and other hazardous substances
  • comprehensive testing options in accordance with the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria
  • physico-chemical analyses for the determination of characteristic data and the preparation of safety data sheets
  • fast and reliable results

The correct classification of goods into the respective dangerous goods class is based on special classification and testing procedures recommended in the United Nations (UN) Manual of Tests and Criteria for the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Our laboratory experts determine the physical-chemical substance data you need for safety assessment and transport classification for ADR, RID, IMDG and IATA.

At the workplace, too, many employees regularly come into contact with pollutants, dusts, gases, aerosols or vapours for which obligatory limit values apply and which you as an employer must comply with. It is therefore important to identify and avoid hazardous substances and the resulting potential risks at an early stage. As an accredited testing laboratory according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025, we support you with reliable chemical analyses. In particular, knowledge of the explosion characteristics of dusts is important for the safe handling of these substances. DEKRA also determines relevant values for explosion protection measures.

Laboratory tests to determine substance characteristics according to the UN Manual - our test scope

For classes 2, 3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 8 and 9, we examine the following characteristics:

  • penetrometer test for the classification solid/liquid
  • flash point
  • solvent separation test (UN Test L.1)
  • sustained combustibility test (UN Test L.2)
  • flammable solids - burning rate test (UN Test N.1)
  • pyrophpric solids / liquids (UN Test N.2 / N.3)
  • self-heating substances (UN Test N.4)
  • rate of gas emission (UN Test N.5)
  • oxidizing solids (UN Test O.1)
  • corrosion to metals (UN Test C.1)
  • screening test for harmful substances after with regard to environmental hazards

Our analytical spectrum for workplace measurements includes

  • alveolar and inhalable dust fraction
  • quartz dust / crystalline silica in alveolar dust such as quartz, cristobalite, tridymite (quartz analysis by FTIR / PXRD)
  • asbestos fibres and other inorganic carcinogenic fibre dusts
  • halogenes & halogenated hydrogens
  • inorganic acids
  • diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEE)
  • metals / heavy metals
  • non metal oxides
  • solvents (VOC) by GC-MS / GC-FID
  • cooling lubricants
  • PAH
  • amines
  • isocyanate
  • siloxanes

Organic substances and VOC analyses also contain acrylates, alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, aldehydes, aromatics, chlorinated hydrocarbons, epoxides, esters and glycol acetates, glycols, ketones, phenols, terpenes and many more.

We will be happy to provide you with an individual offer.

Comply with customer specifications and international chemical regulations

We support manufacturers and distributors with accredited product testings for harmful substances to meet legal requirements when placing products on the European and international market. This includes testing for Annex 17 limit values of the REACH Regulation EC 1907/2006 and SVHC restrictions. Analyses according to EU-POP-VO (Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 on persistent organic pollutants) are of importance as well. PAHs, phthalate plasticisers, SCCPs, MCCPs and PFAS are critical substances in particular. RoHS conformity in accordance with EU Directive 2011/65/EU is a requirement for the CE marking of an electrical product. In addition, we test for other international markets - such as the US market and in accordance with customer-specific restriction lists.

PAH testing

Your benefits from hazardous substances testing at DEKRA

  • individual risk-based testing concepts for REACH Annex 17, SVHC and POPs in your specific materials, components and articles
  • accredited RoHS hazardous substance analyses from selected spot check tests to full analysis of all homogeneous materials
  • testing of additional requirements such as "halogen-free" and PAH for the GS mark
  • testing according to international regulations, such as US requirements (TSCA, CPSC, CP65)

Specific REACH analyses of articles

The REACH Regulation EC 1907/2006 obliges manufacturers, importers and (online) traders to take responsibility for chemicals used in their articles. In addition, specific substance bans (anx. XVII) apply to articles, especially consumer goods with skin contact, such as PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and phthalate plasticisers. Furthermore, there are information obligations on SVHC substances (art. 33, art. 59). Individual questions regarding SVHC, BPA or PAHs may arise with the recycling of plastics, the contamination of raw materials or the processing of plastics. In particular, specific PAH limit values must be met to obtain the GS mark.

RoHS testing of electrical equipment

The EU Directive 2011/65/EU ("RoHS Directive") defines limit values for brominated flame retardants and heavy metals in electrical appliances. RoHS 3 sets additional limits for phthalate plasticisers (4P). The RoHS limits apply to every homogeneous material. DEKRA offers you efficient testing concepts for initial sampling, for data gaps or for regular sample tests.

Tailor-made test concepts with accredited test methods

Our experienced laboratory experts support you with accredited hazardous substance analyses, tailored to your question, your respective articles and the materials used - or according to the specific requirements of your customers. The possible scope of testing ranges from risk-based tests of selected critical materials to full analysis of all homogeneous materials in a product.

REACH and POP hazardous substance analyses

  • PAH acc. to entry 50, annex XVII, REACH and AfPS GS 2019:01 PAK (GS mark)
  • phthalate plasticizers
  • nickel release, lead, cadmium (heavy metals)
  • SVHC analysis (material specific and risk based)
  • flame retardants
  • BPA, melamine, siloxanes

Service scope RoHS testing

  • accredited RoHS analyses according to DIN EN 62321 & IEC 62321
  • Pb, Cd, Hg, CrVI, PBB, PBDE, "4P" (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP)
  • compliance with further international regulations, such as SASO, UAE and China RoHS
  • testing of additional requirements such as "halogen-free" HBCDD, TBBPA

In addition, we offer testing for US requirements (PBT substances (TSCA 6 (h), US-EPA), CPSC, CPSIA, CP 65) and the voluntary EPEAT ecolabel, as well as element analysis according to the End-of-Life Vehicle Ordinance (ELV) and analyze rare earths and precious metals. Customer-specific restricted substance or negative lists often include requirements from various regulations. We are happy to support you in the creation of a testing concept.

Sensory and migration tests for food contact materials and articles

Regulations (EC) 1935/2004 and (EU) No. 10/2011 place high demands on the marketability and safety of articles that come into contact with food. In addition to household articles, kitchen appliances and packaging materials, these also include parts and components in the food processing industry. As a laboratory service provider, we offer you a wide range of analyses for migration tests, specific migrations (SML, NIAS) and sensory tests for your products and materials with food contact (FCM). We also test products with food contact for small children.

Our experts already support you with the test plan creation and determination of the necessary test conditions for your declaration of conformity.

Babyfood Test

Your benefits from FCM testing with DEKRA

  • comprehensive sensory tests and migration tests
  • expertise in food safety testing of large electrical household appliances and coffee machines for household and commercial use
  • mechanical safety testing of child use and care articles as well as cutlery and tableware for infants and young children
  • tensile strength testing of films and bags articles

In addition to EU requirements for the food safety of FCM, there are many supplementary requirements of individual countries. Food safety in Germany is also regulated in the German Food and Feed Code (LFGB), which sets further requirements, as do the German Commodities Ordinance (BedGgstV) and BfR recommendations. Other country-specific regulations from France, Italy and Denmark must also be met, as well as FDA requirements in the USA and GB requirements in China.

Our test scope of FCM food grade testing services

  • sensory testing
  • migration tests
  • NIAS screening
  • substances with specific migration limits (SML)
  • requirements according to BedGgstV and LFGB
  • BfR recommendations on food contact materials
  • regulations (EC) 1935/2004 and (EU) No. 10/2011
  • EN 14350-2 Articles for liquid baby food
  • EN 14372 Cutlery and tableware for infants and young children
  • plastics testing with regard to plastics used and packaging declaration (e.g. "BPA free", "plastic-free")

We offer sensory testing and migration testing for the following product groups

  • plastic products, film products and packaging materials
  • cutlery and feeding utensils for infants and young children
  • drinking equipment for liquid infant food
  • small and large electrical household goods
  • coffee machines for household and commercial use
  • metal articles according to CM / Res (2013)9
  • glassware, ceramics and wood products
  • industrial components for food processing
  • single-use plastic alternatives (Dir. EU 2019/904)

In addition to chemical tests, our interdisciplinary laboratories also offer many mechanical tests of non-food and near-food articles. Films, aluminium foils and bag products for household use are tested for layer thickness, dart drop and tensile strength. For baby and toddler articles with food contact, we offer mechanical safety tests in accordance with accredited and approved methods for the EU and USA in addition to testing for harmful substances.

Ensuring product conformity for international markets

As a manufacturer, trader or importer of non-food articles, you must comply with numerous chemical regulations. With chemical tests for harmful substances, DEKRA examines a wide variety of consumer goods and toys for you to verify marketability. In particular, the safety requirements for toys, children's and baby articles, which must meet requirements according to EU Directive 2009/48/EC, the REACH Regulation and EN 71 are high. We support you with pollutant analyses as well as conformity and type examinations to prove compliance with legal requirements and quality assurance of your product.

On behalf of the quality association for candles, DEKRA also tests household candles and their raw materials for quality and safe burning as well as for obtaining the RAL quality mark GZ 041.

Candle Testing

Your benefits from consumer goods testing with DEKRA

  • analysis of harmful substances according to international chemical regulations
  • approved burning behaviour testings for the RAL quality mark GZ 041 for candles
  • verification of CE conformity of toys and the EU toy safety directive
  • product-specific and risk-based test planning, specific for your materials
  • accredited testing laboratories in Germany and China

Chemical testing of consumer goods, children's articles and toys

Our chemical experts in the accredited DEKRA laboratory for environmental and product analysis offer you a comprehensive portfolio of product tests as well as hazardous substance analyses, for example for jewellery, decorative items or electrical goods. In addition, we support you in the preparation of test plans with customised test concepts tailored to your articles. With our test spectrum, you can meet the requirements of the Consumer Goods Ordinance (BedGgstV), the EU Toys Directive (2009/48/EC) as well as the regulations from annex 17 of the REACH regulation, POP regulation, individual customer-specific specifications and many other international chemical safety requirements, such as US American standards (CPSIA/CPSC/CP65).

In addition, we use mechanical safety tests to examine the performance characteristics of articles and test material properties regarding technical specifications.

Reduction of fire hazard and pollutant emissions from candles

Too fast or uneven burning, dripping and soot formation can be avoided with tested candles, as can critical concentrations of substances that are harmful to the environment and health. Our laboratory offers you approved tests of raw materials (paraffin, stearin, beeswax, palm oils) and candles for the RAL Quality Mark and according to customer specifications.

Our scope of testing for consumer goods and toys

  • candle testing (RAL GZ 041, EN 17616, EN 17617, EN 17885, EN 15493)
  • emission safety of flammable air fresheners (DIN EN 16738, DIN EN 16739)
  • PAH (AfPS GS 2019:01)
  • migration of certain elements EN 71-3
  • finger paints EN 71-7
  • organic chemical compounds EN 71-9
  • fastness to saliva and sweat DIN 53160
  • EN 14350-2 child use and care articles - drinking equipment
  • EN 14372 child use and care articles - cutlery and feeding utensils
  • EN 12586 child use and care articles - soother holder
  • EN 1811 release of nickel, lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium (CrVI)
  • azo dyes
  • formaldehyde
  • phthalate plasticisers
  • bisphenol A (BPA)
  • melamine
  • testings acc. to US CPSC standards (CPSIA/ASTM F963)
  • mechanical safety and flammability of toys (EN 71-1, EN 71-2)

We test the following product groups

  • toys, baby and toddler articles
  • candles for indoor and outdoor use
  • matches, lighters and lighting aids
  • tools, garden tools and do-it-yourself articles
  • handicraft articles, decorative and promotional items
  • textiles and leather ware
  • jewellery, children's jewellery and accessories


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