Mechanical, physical, and chemical properties compliance

AQF Homeware Quality Control Expertise

Substandard homeware products present a real danger to the health of consumers because they come into physical contact with our food, beverages, and body. Safety risks, seasonality of product sales, and high customer expectations pose significant challenges for those involved in homeware manufacturing in China and Asia. It is critical to set up an effective quality control program to ensure on-time delivery of finished goods which meet all relevant quality and safety standards.

AQF offers homeware furnishings inspection for all kinds of items used in the home. Our expertise extends to a wide range of product categories including home décor (AQF#CK-HL-106), kitchenware (AQF#CK-HL-111), cookware (AQF#CK-HL-111), tableware and glassware (AQF#CK-HL-99) for indoor or outdoor use, and a wide variety of materials such as wood, plastic, stainless steel, ceramics, paper, boards, and glass.

AQF verifies the mechanical, physical, and chemical properties of your homeware for compliance with relevant standards applicable to your product’s destination. These include US, EU and numerous other standards, including ASTM, ISTA, California Proposition 65, EN, and EEC.

Homeware Quality Control Approach


Quality control of homeware requires considerable hands-on expertise and a keen focus on detail. AQF technical engineers customize our standard homeware inspection checklists to include your main concerns and specific requirements for each product. AQF inspectors then conduct a series of on-site checks to verify the quality of mass production based on your Acceptable Quality Limits (AQL), international regulations, safety standards, and our extensive industry know-how. 

Some tests on homewares require a controlled environment to certify their compliance with related standards and regulations. AQF inspectors select products from each lot and forward them to an accredited laboratory for testing.

AQF goes further than the average quality inspection service in China & Asia. Using our expertise in homeware inspection and our leading edge online technology, we help implement corrective actions necessary to achieve quality objectives and lead-times. We work with you and your suppliers to set up, manage, and monitor a customized surveillance program.


Main tests performed during an inspection of Homeware

  • Export carton drop test
  • ISTA 1A or 1B
  • Real function check
  • Safety check
  • Smell test
  • Adhesive test on logo 
  • ASTM D3559-02
  • Abuse test
  • Impact test on lid
  • Stability check
  • Capacity check
  • Cross cut test
  • Water leaking test
  • Wobbly base check
  • Temperature accuracy test
  • Heat resistance test


Main tests for homeware performed in a laboratory:

  • EN 1860
  • EN 12983
  • 84/500/EC
  • ZEK 01-08
  • ASTM E34 – 11
  • ASTM F1786 – 97
  • ASTM-C-738
  • EEC 1935/2004
  • EEC 2023/2006 
  • Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011
  • California Proposition 65


AQF Benefits
Homeware inspection
Homeware supplier audit
AQL standard (ISO 2859-1)
Homeware safety tests
Homeware function tests
Conformity assessment
Homeware checklists
Hardlines engineers
China, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Turkey and Greater Asia
Exceeds our expectations

What AQF has done exceeds our expectations. They try and work hard to provide good services and meet our expectations for all our Pre-shipment Inspections. Booking online gives us convenience and expertise, helping all of us to manage QC easily. We are looking forward to more professionalism that AQF brings in future!

Ariel, Quality Control manager assistant - Importer, USA
Our services
Product inspection
From US$298

Minimize import risks, save costs and time, and ensure quality to your final customers.

Supplier audit
From US$298

Evaluate suppliers' capabilities and responsible business practices based on international standards.

Lab Testing
Upon Quotation

Ensure your products comply with safety and regulatory requirements in your destination market.

From US$298

Manage Quality throughout the manufacturing cycle.

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Detailed and tailor-made. Discover how AQF assesses goods quality and safety when performing an inspection. Review an AQF sample report related to your product of interest.

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