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In the latest in our series of laboratory focus articles we explore SGS’s consumer goods testing laboratory in Bradford, UK.

Established in 1990, SGS’s consumer and retail services laboratory in Bradford, UK, is one of the leading toy testing and quality assurance centers in Europe.

ISO 17025 accredited for a range of services by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), this facility is also a member of the Baby Products Association (BPA), and the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA). This laboratory is also a critical location for our role as a Notified Body (NB) for personal protective equipment (PPE) testing and certification.

Main services

Supporting the consumer goods and retail sector, with specific focus on the toys and juvenile products, cosmetics and PPE categories, we offer a broad range of services, including:

  • Toys and juvenile products testing
  • Product risk assessments – technical, toy compliance, toxicological
  • Cosmetic regulatory services – product safety reports, label reviews, PIFs, etc.
  • Material safety data sheets (MSDS)
  • PPE testing
  • Consultancy
  • Training
  • RoHS recast

In 2008, this laboratory became the first outside France to be approved to test to the French Childcare Article decree No 91-1292 of December 20, 1991. Our team offers a complete testing service and clients are provided with reports in both English and French. In association with colleagues in France we offer a full support service, should that be required.

Products covered

Covering a wide range of consumer goods, we can conduct testing, assessment and certification for product categories including:

  • Toys & dressing up outfits
  • Nursery equipment – wheeled child conveyances, cots, travel cots, changing units, cribs, cradles, safety gates, etc.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Food contact materials
  • Jewelry
  • Cigarette lighters
  • Luggage
  • Ventilated pen caps
  • Cool bags & vacuumware

Key tests available

  • Chemical – phthalates, azo dyes, metals, etc.
  • Physical
  • Dishwasher suitability
  • Microwave suitability
  • Thermal shock
  • Tensile strength
  • Surveillance

Beyond the categories mentioned above, we also carry out consultancy and risk assessments for non-toy products, ranging from gym equipment to scuba diving fins.

For further information contact:

SGS United Kingdom Limited
Units 41 & 43
The Listherills Park of Science and Commerce
Campus Road
Bradford, West Yokshire, BD7 1HR
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t: +44 (0) 1274 303080

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.