Overview of Our Test Scope

Numerous laws and regulations serve to reduce the presence of harmful substances in consumer products. Requirements imposed by the legislative body obligate manufacturers, importers, and retailers to confirm their compliance with legal requirements.

Organic Analysis

  • AP / APEO
  • Aromatic amines
  • Organic chlorine carriers
  • Chlorophenols
  • Dimethylfumarate
  • Azo dyes (bisphenols, chlorocresoles)
  • Dispersion dyes
  • Dyes (allergenic & carcinogenic)
  • Flame retardants and wood preservatives
  • Fluorocarbon/chlorofluorocarbon
  • Formaldehyde
  • Preservatives
  • Perfluorinated surfactants (e.g. PFOS, PFOA)
  • Pesticides
  • Phthalates
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
  • SCCP
  • Organotin compounds

Inorganic Analysis

  • Total migration
  • Metal migration in accordance with EN 71-3 (toys)
  • Metal migration
  • Nickel realease
  • pH value
  • PVC testing
  • Detection of heavy metals (cadmium, chromium VI (textiles and leather))

Bases for Testing

  • Consumer Goods Ordinance (Bedarfsgegenständeverordnung/BedGgstV)
  • Chemicals Prohibitions Ordinance (Chemikalien-Verbotsverordnung / ChemVerbotsV)
  • Packaging Ordinance (Verpackungsverordnung/VerpackV)
  • Framework Regulation REG (EC) no. 1935/2004
  • REG (EC) no. 10/2011 Plastics Ordinance
  • Customer-specific requirements
  • Federal Institute for Risk Assessment recommendations

Electrically operated equipment may pose a considerable risk to life and limb. To eliminate any such risk as far as possible, the legislative body has passed comprehensive guidelines and regulations concerning the safe design of equipment. We tell you whether your product meets these requirements.

Electrical safety

  • Low Voltage Directive
  • Product Safety Directive
  • Toys in accordance with EN 62115
  • Machinery Directive
  • GS mark and CB certificate

Eco design

  • Energy label, standby consumption
  • Implementation of the ErP directives
  • Energy Consumption Labeling Regulation (Energieverbrauchskennzeichnungsverordnung)
  • Life-cycle testing

Photometry

  • Luminous flux
  • Light fastness
  • Color rendering

Testing electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) plays an important role when it comes to the quality and safety of products. Background information: Almost every electric or electronic device transmits and receives electromagnetic fields and waves. As a result, devices can interfere with one another. Though e.g. a crackling radio or lines on the TV screen caused by a mobile phone may be a nuisance, this does not pose any risk. Under certain circumstances, electromagnetic interference may, however, pose a serious risk to safety; for example, if it affects the on-board electronics of vehicles or medical products causing them to malfunction.

To ensure that neither radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (R&TTE) nor other electronic equipment cause interference or are themselves disrupted, the EU instituted statutory requirements of electromagnetic compatibility. These requirements are implemented by the CE mark obligation and the EMC Directive 2004/108/EC, which will be replaced by the Directive 2014/30/EU as of April 2016. The Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, which evaluates EMC and radio characteristics, will then apply for radio products with mandatory effect. It replaces the Directive 1999/5/EC previously in force and is the first directive to also account for radio equipment operating at frequencies under 9 kHz.

While EMC describes and evaluates the electromagnetic interaction between devices; EMF (electromagnetic fields, EMVU) also evaluates the effect of electromagnetic fields on people and organisms while setting corresponding limits.

Manufacturers and importers must guarantee that their products comply with the new directives. As an accredited, internationally active EMC laboratory in Hamburg, Hermes Hansecontrol assists its customers in this respect. In addition to testing products, which are ready for series production, we also offer tests for the product development phase so you can stay on the safe side from the very beginning.

Click here to see the portfolio Hermes Hansceontrol is able to offer concerning EMC, EMF and R&TTE.

The terms “Eco design” and energy label are commonly used when it comes to the performance characteristics of household appliances. This also holds true for us as these tests are part of our everyday work. We also offer fit for use testing.

Large household electronics in accordance with

  • Energy Consumption Labeling Regulation (Energieverbrauchskennzeichnungsverordnung/EnVkV)
  • Eco Design Directive
  • Product-specific standards
    • Stoves, ovens, and cooktops, DIN EN 60350 / DIN EN 50304
    • Washing machines, DIN EN 60456
    • Dryers, DIN EN 61121
    • Washer-dryers, DIN EN 50229
    • Dishwashers, DIN EN 60436 / DIN EN 50242
  • Customer-specific requirements

Small household appliances

and household products such as cookware, kitchen companions in accordance with

Standard requirement

Internal test plans

We test all products needed for daily life. Thus, we also test television sets, entertainment electronics, communication systems, toys, sports and recreational equipment in addition to household appliances.

Test Components

  • Testing for market compliance based on documentation (MarCo)
  • Individual tests in accordance with our own test plans with rating
  • Comparative tests based on reference specimen or on the basis of Stiftung Warentest requirements
  • Endurance testing in accordance with customer requirements
  • Assessment according to function, handling and workmanship

Benefits

  • Test mark with rating as effective means of product marketing
  • Contributes to reducing return and complaint rates

For both products and production sites, we take a close look at the quality in Germany, but also in the procurement markets of the Far East. Inspections are an important part of a committed, i.e. seamless quality assurance process.

Inspections of Production Sites

We assess internal QM processes regarding

  • Technical skills
  • Manufacturing
  • Volumina
  • Social audits
  • Environmental standards

Inspections on the Product

Product Groups

  • Softlines
  • Hardlines
  • Electrics and Electricals
  • Toys

Assessment of

  • Packaging
  • Storage and transport conditions
  • Gasification

Bicycles, pedelecs, furniture, toys, household appliances, or appliances commonly used in daily life – we test the safety of your products in accordance with legal requirements or in-house methods. We also offer mechanical tests for business and industry.

We provide

  • GS testing and certification
  • Testing in accordance with legal requirements, e.g. Product Safety Act (ProdSG)
  • Product development
  • Safety and endurance testing
  • Testing of physical parameters such as forces (+/- 20kN), torques, lengths, number of revolutions, output or speeds
  • Testing for performance characteristics
  • Quality testing in accordance with market requirements (FFU)

We provide acost-efficient testing of your products and work materials for RoHS conformity in a combination of:

  • RoHS screening on the basis of an x-ray fluorescence analysis
  • Chemical analysis

Our customer service team will be happy to provide you with more information.

Whether packaging for storing food or dishes – materials in contact with food must not pose any risk to health. That's why we test for the migration of constituent substances.

Sensory Analysis

To ensure that constituent substances from your product do not negatively affect the organoleptic properties of food, we test and evaluate your product for off-note flavours or odors.

  • Trained sensory analysis panel
  • DIN 10955
  • DIN EN 1230

Tests in Compliance with LFGB

  • Total migration
  • Specific migration acc. to regulation (EC) No. 10/2011
  • Metal migration
  • Metal release
  • Volatile substances
  • Peroxides
  • Extractable components

Basis for Testing (excerpt)

  • Food, Articles of Daily Use and Feed Act (German LFGB)
  • Consumer Goods Ordinance (German Bedarfsgegenständeverordnung/BedGgstV)
  • Chemicals Prohibitions Ordinance (German Chemikalien-Verbotsverordnung / ChemVerbotsV)
  • Packaging Ordinance (German Verpackungsverordnung/VerpackV)
  • REG (EC) no. 1935/2004
  • REG (EC) no. 10/2011
  • Customer-specific requirements
  • Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) recommendations

Textile physics is part of the general quality assurance process for clothing, home and household textiles.

Amongst others, we provide the following services

  • Material composition in accordance with REG1007/2011 (formerly Textile Labeling Act (Textilkennzeichnungsgesetz))
  • Color fastness tests – among other things, fastness to light, wash, water, sweat, saliva, rubbing, chlorinated bath water and salt water
  • Testing for susceptibility to pilling
  • Testing for size alteration, seam turning and visual appearance
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Colorimetric measurement
  • Testing of functional clothing in accordance with ISO, ASTM, JIS L
  • Zipper testing (DIN and BS standard)
  • Tensile, expansion and pressure tests
  • Yarn tests

We inspect your product based on the sample and available documents. The number and type of documents must demonstrate that the product complies with all guidelines, laws and standards and reflects the current state of science.

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