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What is a Product Testing Lab?

Published: 22 May 2015 01:36:29 PST

product-testing-labWhether you’re worried about the purity of the metal in the jewelry you’re manufacturing or the energy efficiency of LEDs you’re importing, a qualified product testing lab can help you get a good night’s sleep.

Product testing labs are used by manufacturers and purchasers to check material composition, product performance, safety and other properties, as well as compliance with established standards. Product testing protects the customer by verifying claims made by the manufacturer. For example, product testing labs can verify the properties of particular alloys that make up metals used in production. Labs can also verify the quality and performance of components used to make consumer electronics, automobiles and other products. Lastly, product testing is often done to simulate stresses and reproduce damage to the product expected during regular consumer use or shipping.

Why Use a Third-Party Product Testing Lab?

Many manufacturers opt to hire a third-party to test their products. One reason is that the manufacturer may lack the sophisticated equipment, certification or professional knowledge needed to test their product. A second reason is that an importer may find it to be more cost-effective to send their product to a third-party lab for testing. Although a product might be quite simple to test, a buyer might be importing from a distant supplier. In this product-testing-labcase, the buyer may decide to save time and/or money by sending a sample of their product to a capable lab for testing rather than personally running the testing.

What Makes a Product Testing Lab Qualified?

All product testing should be carried out in a qualified lab. For many product types, a specific certification is required for any testing to be considered valid. All children’s products being sold in the United States, for example, are required by federal law to be tested by a lab accredited by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). Depending on the market, manufacturers may want testing to be performed by product testing labs that have a particular accreditation, such as Germany’s DAkks and China’s CNAS. Always consider local laws for your market, as well as the standards dictated by particular brands and retailers of a product when looking for a product testing lab.

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