Chemical Testing for Household Goods

Chemical Testing for Household Goods

Assessing the presence of unwanted compounds

Assessing the presence of unwanted compounds or elements and meeting the destination market standards

API provides comprehensive chemical testing for household goods at our laboratories in Asia and Europe in order to evaluate the quality of your products and guarantee conformity to the standards and regulations of their destination markets.

Please note that the list of chemical tests provided below is not exhaustive; please refer to your specific product category to find all of the relevant tests we can provide.

Benefits of Chemical Testing

The management of customer dissatisfaction, product replacement and warranty claims can have a dramatic impact on profits, as well as attract unwanted negative attention. Therefore by conducting chemical testing on your products before they ship, you remove the risk of them failing to comply with your market’s regulations.

Chemical Tests provided by API

  • European Standard for Toys Safety: EN 71-3
  • REACH: Identification of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)
  • RoHS: Using the non destructive XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) method
  • US Consumer Product Safety Commission : Lead paint


  • Organic Compounds Testing:
    Azo dye (2002/61/EC)
    Phthalate content (2005/84/EC)
    PCP content
    PBBs and PBDEs contents
  • Heavy Metals Testing:
    Cadmium content (91/338/EEC)
    Packaging test (94/62/EC)
    Total nickel content
    Nickel release (EN 1811)
    Chromium VI content

    Other total metals analyses
  • Food Contact Testing:
    French food contact decree (92-631/2004-64)
    Plastic global migration test (2002/72/EC)
    Leachable lead and cadmium (84/500/EEC, FDA)

Consumer goods regulations are extremely stringent, especially for the European market. Retailers and distributors must ensure their products are consistently meeting these standards. Every week the European Union customs RAPEX (European Rapid Alert System for Dangerous Products) data-base lists the products which were identified and removed from the European market for not meeting them.