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Alternative Textile humidity test

AQF Textile humidity test on site and at the office1 Alternative Textile humidity testThe humidity test is usually performed by any AQSIQ licensed and ISO 9001 certified third party quality control company. It concerns many products with one exception: the textile products.
The inspector only checks the humidity visually and by touch. Such procedure contradicts what was said in previous articles about the risks involved with humidity during a shipment. Therefore, let’s look at the actions that could be taken to improve the on-site test. Continue reading

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GSM testing method and product inspection

AQF GSM testing methods for garments 245x250 GSM testing method and product inspectionThe GSM testing methods are used to measure the material mass (or density) per square meter. GSM comes from “Gram per Square Meter”. It is a standard unit of measurement commonly used all over the world, even in countries where the usual unit of measurement is the pound (U.S.A). The reason is that the GSM testing methods are the most accurate ones.  Continue reading

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How to request products certification?

AQF How to request products certification How to request products certification? Some suppliers say that their products are conformed with CE, EMC, Reach, RoHS and other specifications. Laboratory Testing by an official “notified body” is necessary for certification. Importers need the certificates to comply with national regulations and sell their goods on the market. Which regulations to comply with? How to arrange laboratory testing for products certification? Continue reading

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Product inspection standard humidity test

AQF Product inspection standard humidity test 250x187 Product inspection standard humidity testFollowing the article “Protecting your imports from humidity” one question came out: What are the level limits for a product inspection standard humidity test?

Before the shipment, especially during the hot and humid seasons, specifications about humidity levels accepted should be clearly and precisely mentioned to the supplier.  General comments should be avoided, such as: “Goods have to be kept away from humidity” or “please check the products are not humid before shipment”. They open the door to misunderstandings and quality issues. Continue reading

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Do I need inspections and lab product testing?

test laboratoire AQF1 250x166 Do I need inspections and lab product testing?Product Testing or product inspections? This blog always extols the virtues of product inspections to check products before they ship to their destination market. As The Quality Control Blog had mentioned in previous articles, inspections focus mostly on the cosmetics, functionality, specs, measurements of the product.

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Toy Safety Directive EU : July 2013

toy safety baby 300x222 Toy Safety Directive EU : July 2013On July 21st, 2013, the second part of the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC will replace the 20-year-old 88/378EEC Directive. Limits and restrictions for new chemical elements come into force to include elements such as Nickel and Zinc. So on July 21st, all toys placed on the EU market will have to comply with new chemical requirements.

 

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