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Toys standards and the EN 71 regulation part 1-2-3 of 13

AQF EN 71 regulation part 1 2 3 Quality Control Blog 248x250 Toys standards and the EN 71 regulation part 1 2 3 of 13The EN 71 regulation for the safety of toys made or imported into the European Union specifies the safety standards for toys. An importer of toys needs to comply with the regulations. While large corporations employ teams of lawyers and engineers to check if their product design complies with EN 71, smaller importers normally rely on third parties. EN 71 regulation is divided in 13 parts, this article presents and explains parts 1, 2 and 3. Continue reading

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Verify the CDF (constructional data form) of electrical appliances

AQF CDF at inspection by the Quality Control Blog 250x250 Verify the CDF (constructional data form) of electrical appliancesElectronics imported into the European Union require importers to store documentation about the product for ten years. This information includes a technical construction file. Therefore, some laboratory tests must be performed by notified body laboratories. To do so, most importers use approval samples for testing however they are unable to assure that the sample tested in the lab is as per the produced and imported goods. In other words: how can buyers verify the constructional data form? Continue reading

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Toys: EN 71 regulation

 Toys: EN 71 regulationNon-compliant toys are dangerous and have to be withdrawn from the market which has high financial consequences and affects the brand image. Toys importers often ask their inspection or Lab testing companies for advice. Indeed, the responsibility always remains with the importer but it’s always good to get advice from experts. This article is an introduction of the EN 71 regulation and how importers can comply with the regulation. Continue reading

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Official CE logo and fake laboratory CE certificate

AQF CE logo of the European Union and laboratory tricks by the Quality Control Blog 250x176 Official CE logo and fake laboratory CE certificateThe CE logo of the European Union is often modified, rumors even say that there are two similar logos, one means “China Export”. In addition some “smart” labs are experts in offering “special” CE certifications. Let’s find out how to differentiate a real and fake CE logo, as well as a testimonial about the sad reality of fake laboratory CE certificate. Continue reading

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Alternative Textile humidity test

AQF Textile humidity test on site and at the office1 Alternative Textile humidity testThe textile 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