Regulatory Testing

Regulatory Testing and Compliance

Some of NSL Analytical’s customers consistently use materials that are regulated by governmental agencies. These companies must be able to prove, with detailed records and documentation, that their products meet all regulations.

NSL Analytical understands and applies the appropriate regulations.

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Regulatory Testing Capabilities

We are a certified and approved regulatory testing company, learn more about the following areas:

Consumer Product Safety
RoHS & WEEE Compliance Testing
California Proposition 65

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 is one of the most comprehensive transformations of consumer-product safety regulations since the 1970s. CPSIA expands the role of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in ensuring the safety of consumer products, especially those designed for children. NSL is approved under CPSC to test for the determination of phthalates, children’s jewelry, children’s metal products, children’s non-metal products, lead paint regulation.

Manufacturers, importers and retailers of most consumer products have to comply with many provisions of CPSIA, including:

  • Rigorous lead restrictions for children’s products
  • Mandatory certification and third-party testing of toys and children’s products
  • Mandatory children’s products traceability
  • Mandatory infant products safety standards and consumer registration
  • Conversion of a voluntary toy safety standard to a mandatory standard
  • A ban on phthalates (chemicals used to soften plastic) in children’s toys and childcare articles

According to regulations, periodic testing must be performed by a CPSC-accepted third-party laboratory. The staff at NSL is thoroughly familiar with all these regulations and would be happy to ensure the compliance of your product.

NSL tests for hazardous materials listed in RoHS, WEEE, Prop 65, and CPSIA.

Some of the many NSL analysis techniques for regulated substances

Test Methods
Test technique Substances Polymers Metals Homogeneous electronic components
Mechanical preparation All Direct measurement
Direct measurement
Chemical preparation All Microwave digestion
Acid digestion
Dry ashing
Solvent extraction
Acid digestion Microwave digestion
Acid digestion
Solvent extraction
Analytical methods PBB/PBDE Gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy (GCMS)
Liquid chromatography (LC)
Gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy (GCMS)
Liquid chromatography (LC)
Cr (VI) Colorimetry Colorimetry Colorimetry
Hg Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) / atomic emission spectroscopy; ICP/mass spectroscopy; cold vapor atomic absorption spectroscopy; atomic absorption spectroscopy.
Pb/Cd X-ray fluorescence (XRF); ICP/mass spectroscopy; ICP/atomic emission spectroscopy; atomic absorption spectroscopy.

NSL provides comprehensive quality systems, such as

  • Documentation controls
  • Review of data by experienced technical staff
  • Reference standards recoveries
  • Instrument calibration using NIST traceable standards
  • Spike recoveries
  • Blanks

When the laboratory knows all of the many exemptions to the regulations, you can save time and money. Some examples of exemptions:

  • Up to 4% Pb in copper alloys
  • Lead in glass and ceramics
  • Deca-polybrominated biphenylethers (Deca-BDE)
  • Medical & military applications

California Proposition 65

The California Proposition 65 statute states that no person in the course of doing business shall “knowingly and intentionally expose any individual to a listed chemical” without first giving a clear and reasonable warning. The governor of California is required to publish annually a list of chemical substances that the state has determined to either cause cancer or cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Manufacturers and distributors of products in or to the state of California must identify and properly label the chemical substances found in their product. Examples are heavy metals like lead, fire retardants, and plasticizers such as phthalates. In addition, for products such as carpets, volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions must be limited.

View our Ophthalmic Testing Services page for specific California Prop 65 information. Steve Ross, Ophthalmic Representative at NSL, shares an informative overview regarding “The Ever Changing Face of Safety Regulations in America” for the ophthalmic industry.

NSL Chemistry Testing Capabilities

NSL’s in-house laboratories are equipped with the latest equipment for testing chemical content specific for the Proposition 65 label and content law.

Common Testing Requests for Proposition 65:

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Hexavalent Chromium (Cr(VI))
  • Nickel (Ni)
  • Bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB)
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE)
  • Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) compliance testing

In addition to individual elements and testing NSL has created specific bundles.

Available California Proposition 65 Testing Bundles:

  • CA Prop 65 Elemental Bundle: Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), and Nickel (Ni) Content, Element Analysis by ICPMS to determine detection of Pb, Cd and Ni.
  • CA Prop 65 Bundle: Phthalates Content Bundle, this is a Pass/Fail test to determine the content level of Phthalates (DBP, DBIP, BBP, DEHP, DIDP, DNHP/DHEXP, DCHP, DPENP, DINP).
  • CA Prop 65 Phthalates + Lead (Pb) Bundle.
  • CA Prop 65 Phthalates, Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd) Bundle.
  • CA Prop 65 BPA Content Bundle
    • Total BPA (Solvent Extraction). Total BPA (content) is measured in parts per million (ppm). This tells us how much is in the product.
    • BPA Leachable (Synthetic Perspiration). This tells us how much BPA can be extracted out.

CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 NOTICE. Testing done by NSL for purposes of California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65) requirements will be based on information and test limits currently available to the public at the time of testing. NSL testing and analysis will show the percentage of existence and/or the absence of certain compounds or elements, but NSL cannot certify compliance with Prop 65 law. NSL test results do not alleviate customer’s responsibility for Prop 65 labeling, if necessary. NSL will not make any recommendations or opinions on whether labeling is necessary. For more information on Prop 65, please click here.

RoHS Testing and WEEE Testing

NSL provides RoHS and WEEE materials testing services for electronic equipment to ensure compliance with current industry regulations.

RoHS Testing

The European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive requires suppliers of electronic equipment to guarantee that the entire unit is free of:

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Hexavalent Chromium (Cr(VI))
  • Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB)
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE)
  • Phthalates (DIBP, DBP, BBP, DEHP)

Therefore, materials testing of electronic components is required to ensure compliance.

The RoHS 2 Directive took effect January 2, 2013. This “RoHS-recast” was done primarily to provide greater clarity in definitions and rules. The regulations are basically unchanged from the original RoHS, except that its requirements are gradually extended to include all electrical and electronic equipment, including cables and spare parts medical devices, industrial instruments, and monitoring and control instruments by July 2019. It also includes a “methodology for the assessment of new hazardous substances” to meet waste-related criteria.

RoHS 2 requirements will extend to the new product categories on the following dates:

  • July 22, 2014: Extension to category 8 (medical devices) and category 9 (monitoring and control instruments)
  • July 22, 2016: Extension to category 8 (In vitro diagnostic medical devices)
  • July 22, 2017: Extension to category 9 (industrial monitoring and control instruments)
  • July 22, 2019: RoHS 3 requirements added the Directive 2015/863. This directive included Phthalates (DIBP, DBP, BBP, DEHP)
  • July 23, 2019: Extension to all EEE except those explicitly excluded

Download a complimentary RoHS white paper, A Rose is a Ross, for more information about RoHS is and what it means to you.
WEEE Testing

The Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) directive covers equipment that depends on electrical current or electromagnetic fields in household appliances, computers, light bulbs, phones, and other similar products. Like RoHS, its goal is to reduce introduction of hazardous materials into the environment during recycling or disposal.