Prüfinstitut Hansecontrol GmbH was founded in 1982 and now serves the market under the name of Hansecontrol Hamburg. The Hamburg-based laboratory with its state-of-the-art testing technology offers manufactures and retailers a comprehensive range of test services for consumer goods. Hansecontrol has established itself as an internationally recognized testing institute.
Our experts test clothing, footwear, leather goods, textile consumer products, accessories, toys, and much more besides. The products undergo physical or chemical testing, depending on customer requirements, and they are also tested to see if they meet legal provisions and ecological requirements.
Since January 2009, the testing institute’s portfolio of services has included sensory testing, and it now tests all products that come into contact with food.
Alongside product tests, Hansecontrol also provides professional seminars and other services that cover the entire supply chain. On request, we will support the entire production process from the initial product idea through to quality assurance. Our range of services also includes the creation of instruction manuals. Hansecontrol also teams up with reputable partner laboratories to develop suitable testing methods, including their verification using correlation tests, to accommodate new legal or customer-specific requirements, and is an active member of international (IEC) and domestic (DIN) standardization committees.
In 2009, Hamburg-based Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH (Hansecontrol-Cert) was spun off from the internationally recognized Prüfinstitut Hansecontrol GmbH company. The experts from Hansecontrol-Cert bring many years of experience and specialized expertise in various fields to fast and reliable safety and quality testing. Consumer goods that have been examined and certified by this independent laboratory are readily identifiable, among other features, by the Hansecontrol test mark. In November 2009, the Zentralstelle der Länder für Sicherheitstechnik (Central Office of the Federal States for Safety Engineering – ZLS) recognized Hansecontrol-Cert as a GS (Geprüfte Sicherheit – Tested Safety) Authority, and the company has since then also been authorized to award the GS mark for “Tested Safety”. The full list of our accreditations can be found here.
The products that Hansecontrol-Cert puts through their paces come from the areas of entertainment electronics, large electrical appliances, household appliances, sports equipment, children's toys, medical equipment, electric tools, IT equipment, electronic musical instruments, and furniture. Thanks to the many years of expertise of our employees in the bicycle industry, we also offer high levels of expertise in all matters relating to bicycle testing – and this applies equally to electric, cargo, and children’s bikes.
Depending on the requirements of its clients from industry and commerce, Hansecontrol-Cert tests electric and mechanical safety in accordance with the Product Safety Act (Produktsicherheitsgesetz) and electromagnetic compatibility with regard to the EMC and RED directives. Energy efficiency can also be assessed under the ErP Regulation. The handling, fitness for use, and performance of products is tested on the state-of-the-art equipment of the Hansecontrol-Cert laboratory. Customers benefit from the fast and reliable test runs that are made possible by state-of-the-art and highly automated equipment. In addition to safety tests, Hansecontrol-Cert also offers product certification.
Hansecontrol Dongguan, which started operations in southern China in March 2010, is a laboratory accredited for the quality assurance of textiles, footwear and toys according to ISO/IEC 17025.
The team of experts provides retailers and their suppliers with quality assurance services along the entire supply chain, from product testing to pre-shipment inspections. The staff primarily dedicate their expertise to the chemical analysis of footwear, leather, textiles, and toys. The services also include in-process and pre-shipment production controls.
The unrelenting focus on processes is just as special as the high degree of automation within the laboratory processes.
The qualified Hansecontrol employees naturally observe strict international quality standards during the testing process.
Hansecontrol Shanghai started operations in China in October 2013 and is an accredited laboratory (ISO/IEC 17025) for chemical and electrical testing with more than 300 listed methods and six product categories.
The modern laboratory extends over more than 6,000 m² and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The number of experts employed there is steadily increasing, and the vast remit of Hansecontrol Shanghai includes premium services with fast response times, the benefits of which are felt by manufacturers, retailers and buyers not only in the greater Shanghai area, but also throughout northern and eastern China.
The entire team can call on excellent training and technical background knowledge in their various fields. Our services cover all product groups – from tests for textiles, clothing, footwear and small household appliances through to luminaires and lamps, power tools and pumps, sports equipment, bicycles, and furniture.
The core skills focus on chemical analysis of everyday items, such as footwear, leather and especially textiles. The team for electrical goods and hardware ensures that the requirements of the Product Safety Act and European directives are met and ensures that the tested products comply with domestic and international standards. It also offers support in implementing customer requirements and, through fitness-for-use and performance characteristics tests, ensures that customer expectations are met across a wide range of areas.
Our Shanghai office is also an accredited CB testing laboratory.