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Do I need inspections and lab product testing?

by Asia Quality Focus team

Product testing or product inspections? Our blog always extols the virtues of product inspections to check products before they ship to their destination market. As we had mentioned in previous articles, inspections focus mostly on the cosmetics, functionality, specifications, measurements of the product.

Some importers may ask whether inspectors can do a whole laundry list of product testing within one day at the factory. The answer is – it depends. Inspectors can do some simple product tests at the factory, assuming the supplier has the right tools to do the tests.

The following are examples of some simple product tests that often can be done at the factory:

  • Hi-Pot
  • Simple color fastness test
  • Adhesive test
  • Shrink test (if factory has washer)
  • Smell test
  • Abuse test

While the above tests are achievable at many factories, more complex testing generally needs to go to outside laboratories. Why? First, while inspectors are highly skilled at catching defects and doing simple testing, complex lab testing is an entirely different skillset. Next, and most importantly, because most suppliers are lacking the expensive and technical machinery to perform these tests.

So, what are the kinds of tests that many importers may conduct at laboratories? Some examples include:

  • REACH Testing
  • RoHS Testing
  • Food contact testing
  • AZO Dye Testing
  • Phthalates Testing
  • EN-71 Toy Testing
  • Cadmium Testing

Read the original article here.

The Asia Quality Focus team is an international team of specialists in product inspections, factory audits, lab testing and product certifications for all kinds of consumer goods. To share experience and opinions in how to better and safer source in Asia they created the Quality Control Blog. Feel free to contact them here.

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