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Detergents and Chemical Products for Household and Professional Use

Your industry, Our focus

Index:

Performance tests

 

Product and service focus

Product Focus

  • Laundry detergents and softeners
  • Household surface cleaners
  • Dishwasher products
  • Air fresheners
  • Toilet care
  • Biocide products – disinfectants and insecticides

Service Focus

  • Consultancy services
  • Chemical analysis
  • Microbiology & biocidal activities
  • Ecotoxicity & biodegradability
  • In vitro and clinical studies
  • Performance tests
  • Consumer tests
Our Service Scope

Consultancy Services

Documentary and regulatory

  • Customer´s method development assessment
  • Factory audits
  • Technical dossier
  • Label checks based on supplied documents (SDS, label, composition, …)

Operational

  • Generation of test plans / protocols
  • Evaluation of technical specifications of the product to define proper Quality Control Plans
  • Training
  • On-site witnessing tests and studies

Chemistry

Chemical analyses/equipment

Chemical analysis

  • Control of the specifications of
    your products
  • Raw material quality control
  • Outsourcing: Dosages
    according to your own
    protocols
  • Stability studies
  • Development of analytical
    methods
  • Validation of analytical
    methods
  • Phosphates, phosphonates
  • Surfactants (anionic, cationic,
    non ionic…), soap
  • Oxygen-based or chlorinebased
    bleaching agents
  • EDTA, NTA (nitrilotriacetic acid)
    and salts thereof
  • Phenols and halogenated phenols
  • Paradichlorobenzene
  • Aromatic, aliphatic or
    halogenated hydrocarbons
  • Zeolites
  • Enzymes
  • Optical brighteners
  • Perfumes
  • Preservation agents
  • Denatonium benzoate
  • Active substance content (biocides)
  • Phosphorus
  • Heavy metals
  • Residual solvents
  • Nonylphenol & Ethoxylates NP
  • Allergens
  • Nitric and polycyclic musks
  • Phthalates
  • Nitrosamines
  • VOC… and mo

Equipment

Chromatography
  • LC-MS/MS
  • UPLC-MS/MS
  • HPLC-DAD/RI
  • GC-MS/MS
  • GC-FID/ECD/PND
  • GC-MS/TOF
  • IC
  • TLC
Spectroscopy
  • Atomic Absorption: FAAS,
    GAAS
  • ICP-OES / ICP-MS
  • Fluorescence spectroscopy
  • FT-IR, NIR
  • UV-VIS
  • NMR

Other

  • X-Ray XPS, EDX, XRF
  • DSC

 


REACH / CLP testing

Toxicology

  • In vitro skin irritation or corrosion - OECD 431, 435 and 439
  • In vitro eye irritation or corrosion – e.g. BCOP, OECD 437
  • Skin sensitization
  • Genetic toxicology
  • Acute toxicity: oral, inhalative & dermal
  • Repeated dose toxicity

Physical-chemical properties

  • Melting / freezing point
  • Boiling point
  • Relative density
  • Vapour pressure
  • Surface tension
  • Water solubility
  • Partition coefficient n-octanol /
    water
  • Metals corrosion
  • Integrity tests for liquid
    capsules (containment and
    mechanical resistance)
  • Flash point
  • Flammability
  • Explosive properties
  • Self-ignition temperature
  • Oxidizing properties
  • Granulometry
  • Solubility in organic solvents
  • Dissociation constant

 

Microbiology & biocidal activities

Challenge test  

  • Microbial enumeration:
    • Aerobic Bacteria (ISO 21149, European Pharmacopoeia)
    • Yeasts and Moulds (ISO 16212, European Pharmacopoeia)
    • Pathogens (European Pharmacopoeia, murine virus, HSV…)
  • Efficacy & stability studies on disinfectants & biocides:
    • Bactericidal activity (EN 1040, EN 1276, EN 13697)
    • Fungicidal activity (EN 1275, EN 1650, EN 13697,…)
    • Sporicidal activity
    • Mycobactericidal activity
    • Virucidal activities EN 14476 (H1N1, poliovirus, adenovirus, murine virus, HSV…)

Swimming pool disinfectant products  

  • Disinfection tests (based on OECD 170, bactericidal activity according EN 1276)
  • Chlorine
    • Available chlorine titration
    • Chlorine release speed
    • Compressive strength for tablets
  • Bromine
    • Bromine content
    • Compressive strength for tablets
  • Active oxygen
    • Hydrogen peroxide content
  • Boric acid
    • Boric acid limited to 5,5% p/p (Annex VI in CLP-Directive)
  • Anti-algae
    • Fresh water algal growth inhibition test (EN ISO 8692)
    • Turbidity evolution
    • Quatern

Environmental tests

Biodegradability  

  • 648/2004/EC regulation on detergents
  • 92/62/EC directive for packaging and packaging waste
  • Ultimate aerobic biodegradability ISO 14593
  • Ready biodegradability OECD 301, OECD 310
  • Biodegradation of plastics EN 14855

Ecotoxicity

  • Limit and EC50 testing to OECD guidelines
  • Algae growth inhibition test - OCDE 201
  • Daphnia sp. reproduction & acute immobilisation tests - OCDE 202
  • Fish acute & prolonged toxicity tests - OCDE 203
  • Microrox test on Vibrio Fischeri according ISO 11348-3


Clinical Tests

5 clinical test institutes in Europe  

  • France:
    • ATS - Aix-en-Provence (5,000 volunteers)
    • EVIC - Bordeaux (3,000 vol.)
  • Romania (6,000 vol.)
  • Italy (1,000 vol.)
  • Spain (2,000 vol.)

Cconsumer data base

  • More than 200 inclusion criteria
  • Specific population

 


Technical expertise

  • Technical team: qualified technicians, study managers,
                       engineers, biostatisticians, etc.
  • Experts and Investigators: dermatologists, ophthal-mologists, dentists, gynaeco-logists, pharmacists, general practitioners, hairdressers, beauticians

Tolerance studies

  • Simple Patch Test
  • Use test
  • HRIPT (Human Repeated Insult Patch Test)
  • Claim support, such as :
    • "tested under dermatologic control”
    • “for sensitive skins”
    • “hypoallergenic”
Performance tests

All Purpose Cleaners

Household cleaners/bleach

  • Fat removal power
  • Detergent power
  • Marking assessment
  • Aggressiveness on materials

Bathroom cleaners

  • Limesoap detergent power
  • Limescale removing test
  • Mark assessment)
  • Aggressiveness on materials

Window cleaners

  • Cleaning efficiency on fat
  • Anti-fogging effect
  • Marking assessment

Dust removal products

  • Dust removal efficiency
  • Brilliance of finish
  • Marking assessment

Oven cleaners

  • Cleaning efficiency on cooked fat
  • Cleaning efficiency on carbonized sugar
  • Marking assessment
  • Aggressiveness on materials

Vitroceramic cleaners

  • Brilliance
  • Aggressiveness on materials
  • Cleaning efficiency


Fabric care

Laundry detergents

  • Stain removal with / without whiteness maintenance (AISE*, EU or Nordic Ecolabel)
  • Olfactory intensity on wet or dry fabrics
  • Colour maintenance (AISE*)
  • Dissolution test
  • Dye transfer inhibition (DTI)
  • Softness

Laundy detergents

  • Fabric softeners
  • Stain remover products
  • Descaling products
  • Colour catchers
  • Easy iron products

Dishwashing

Hand dishwashing products

  • Suds Mileage Test:foam duration based on IKW*(EU and Nordic Ecolabel)
  • Grease cutting power:fat redeposition test
  • Tough food cleaning:grease, starch, egg yolk

Process

  • Addition of detergent into dish water
  • Addition of water in order to generate foam
  • Washing up process
  • Final foam generation after 30 seconds
  • End of test when the foam layer has disappeared

Auto dishwashing products

  • Cleaning test (IKW*, EU and Nordic Ecolabel)
  • Grease removal
  • Rinsing effect
  • Limescale prevention: spotting & filming
  • Material care
  • Corrosion
  • Dissolution

Dishwasher additives

  • Rinse aid: 
    • Rinsing effect
  • Descaling products for heater
  • Machine cleaners:
    • Fat removal test
    • Limescale removal test
    • Machine Air fresheners

Air fresheners & toilet care

Air fresheners

  • Olfactory intensity
  • Lifespan
  • Anti-Odour efficacy

Toilet cleaners

  • Olfactory intensity
  • Adherence & flow
  • Limescale removal

Toilet rim blocks

  • Olfactory intensity
  • Lifespan
  • Foam evaluation
  • Limescale prevention

Blue water & cistern blocks

  • Useful life by optical density measurement

 


Insecticides

Flying insects: 

  • Flies, mosquitos, wasps, hornets, moth, etc.
  • Efficiency on mosquitoes repulsive products
  • Long-lasting test
  • Surrounding mosquito repellency

Creeping insects:

  • Cockroaches, ants, fleas, mites, bugs, etc.
  • Efficiency test (killing test)
  • Long-lasting test
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