Materials are sourced and specified with the belief that the composition, properties, and performance will be in compliance with regulations, purchase requirements, and user expectations.  

  • Approaches

    The work-horse instruments for imported goods testing are the X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF), Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) and Induced Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP/OES).

    We routinely evaluate flexible plastic materials to determine the plasticizer content both in terms of concentration and chemical identity. 

    Our expertise in heavy metals analysis is another area that is routinely applied to the testing of imported goods. Alex Wensley, P.E., is our on-site metals expert.  He contributes a strong educational background and industry experience which is hugely beneficial to heavy metals testing.

  • Sample Considerations

    A sample representative of the product must be provided.  For liquids, 3 to 4 ounces (100-mL) is sufficient.  For solids, 50 to 100-g is usually sufficient.  When sample size is limited, we can adjust our analytical procedure to accommodate that constraint. 

    Contact us to talk through your specific sample considerations.

  • Experience

    We have extensive experience providing our clients with the data they need to ensure their imported goods are in compliance with applicable regulations.

    Products we've tested include:

    • Rubber o-rings, gaskets, and hoses
    • Children’s toys
    • Jewelry
    • Electronic components
    • Plasticized vinyl