Adhesives testing to identify restricted substances in products
Due to the complex nature of adhesives, it is not surprising that a large number of chemicals restricted or otherwise, can be found within them. Some of the chemicals likely to be found in adhesives are classed as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) and include substances such as formaldehyde, phthalates, flame retardants and biocidal products. The European Union (EU) regulation REACH, legislates the permitted limits of SVHCs within consumer products for the region.
It is important to test adhesives used in consumer products in order to ensure that they do not contain restricted chemicals in levels above the maximum concentration limits, as stipulated in legislation.
Chemical tests and analysis for adhesives
Formaldehyde is a chemical compound that is classed as an SVHC and is therefore regulated under REACH. Formaldehyde is widely used in industrial manufacturing and is found in everyday consumer products such as handbags, footwear, accessories, garments, beauty and cosmetic products.
Phthalates are high production volume chemicals used primarily as plasticizers in polyvinylchloride (PVC) and Polyurethane (PU) products. There are several different kinds of phthalates used for a wide variety of consumer products including toys, garments, footwear, accessories, luggage and food contact materials. Phthalates are also classed as an SVHC and regulated under REACH.
Adhesives can be screened to indicate the likelihood of chemical compliance with United States (US) regulation California Proposition 65. This is an essential regulation to test against if you are importing products into the US.
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of over 100 different chemicals which can be found in leather, rubber, plastics, lubricants, paints and other products. PAHs are classes as SVHCs and are regulated by REACH.
Adhesives can be screened to indicate the likelihood of chemical compliance with REACH regulation, an essential regulation to test against if you are importing, manufacturing or retailing products into the EU.
Flame retardant chemicals are added to or treat potentially flammable materials, including textiles and plastics, and are often found in thermoplastics, thermosets, textiles, and coatings that inhibit or resist the spread of fire. Flame retardants are regulated by a number of EU legislations, including REACH, RoHS, Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Water Framework Directive (WFD).
Why choose BLC to conduct your adhesives testing and analysis?
- One of the fastest testing laboratories in Europe
- Experts in chemical testing and compliance – over 95 years’ experience
- Technical support and guidance when failures occur
- Solutions to cleanse and reduce toxic chemicals from your supply chain
- Expert advice and solutions on legislation and supply chain compliance
- Access to chemical supply chain specifications