Eurofins Scientific announced the addition of leather testing to its range of services offered from its state-of-the-art laboratory in Shenzhen, China. The way that leather is produced and the wide range of products that incorporate leather means that compliance with a range of regulations in North America and Europe is essential for manufacturers of these goods.
The very nature of the leather manufacturing process (tanning, curing, washing and colouring) uses large amounts of treatment chemicals, coloring agents or process-enhancing substances and the risk that they are present in high levels in the final product is substantial. Most of these chemicals are of potential health concern to the consumer and therefore these substances are subject to more and more stringent legislation and regulation. The most widely recognised pieces of legislation are REACH in Europe, CPSIA in the USA and “Proposition 65” in California. The list of banned substances for leather products include Azo Dyes with a European-wide limit of 30 ppm, carcinogenic Chromium 6+ and preservatives such as pentachlorophenol and formaldehyde. Furthermore Dimethyl fumarate (DMFU), used as an anti-moulding agent in leather and textile goods, was banned EU-wide in 2009.
Eurofins has recently invested in brand new consumer testing facilities in Shenzhen and Shanghai in China, both of which have opened in the last two months and which contain the latest in product testing technology and offer all of the tests mentioned above. As part of the Eurofins Group’s global network of laboratories it means that customers can take advantage of a unique and comprehensive portfolio of tests anywhere they choose around the world.