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List of the big testing laboratories in China

by Renaud Anjoran

Many small buyers don’t know where their products can be tested. Actually, many of them don’t even know that yes, they are responsible for many things, including compliance to their country’s safety regulations.

A handful of big companies have testing capabilities for the most common product categories. I listed them below.

You can tell them what you are buying (with photos + a bit of context) and the importing country. They will give you a list of relevant tests with quotations. If you become a very regular customer, you can ask for a discount.

For a small customer, contacting these labs directly can be hell, because these organizations are not designed to provide fast responses to small accounts. So I also included the contact of a live human. It might save you days of frustration.

List of the big third-party international labs

Intertek Testing Services

Contact person: Ada Liu

Email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone number: +86 755 2602 0069

City: Shenzhen, China

Website: http://www.intertek.com/contact/asiapacific/china/

Bureau Veritas

Contact person: Mr. Li

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Phone number: +86 21 6465 9091 – 218

City: Shanghai, China

Website: http://www.en.bureauveritas.cn/

UL/STR

Contact person:Sally

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Phone number:  +86 755 8651 3325

City: Shenzhen, China

Website: http://www.strcn.com

SGS

Contact person: Helen Chen

Email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone number: +86 20 3213 6475

City: Guangzhou, China

Website: http://www.sgsgroup.com.cn/en/

TUV-SUD

Contact person: Mr Gu

Email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone number: +86 510 8820 3737 – 203

City: Shanghai, China

Website: http://www.tuv-sud.cn/home.html

TUV-Rheinland

Contact person: Ms Zhuo

Email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone number: +86 21 6108 1505

City: Shanghai, China

Website: http://www.tuv.com/en/corporate/home.jsp

A couple of smaller, usually cheaper, local labs

For those buyers that are looking for the lowest prices, there are local third-party accredited labs. For example, here are two of them:

CTI

Contact person: Lily

Email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone number: +86 755 3368 1280

City: Shenzhen, China

Website: http://www.cti-cert.com/en/

CFC

Contact person: Jim

Email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone number: +86 20 8555 8836

City: Guangzhou, China

Website: http://www.cfclab.com/en/

Important: you’d better know exactly what you want when you contact Chinese labs. Their lists of standards are not as sophisticated and up-to-date as those of the big ones.

Other notes

- If you need to run very specific tests, you will probably need to deal with a more specialized laboratory. A Google search might not be very helpful. The best is still to ask around.

- Most SMEs balk at the prices of all the “required” lab tests, and they end up paying for none. If you are in this situation, you should try to develop a “reasonable testing plan”, as described in this article from the InTouch team.


Renaud Anjoran is the founder of Sofeast Quality Control and helps importers to improve and secure their product quality in China. He writes advice for importers on the Quality Inspection blog. He lives full time in Shenzhen, China. You can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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