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Product tests by product group

Bicycles and electric bikes (mobility)

Bicycles and electric bikes (EPACs), cargo bicycles and cargo trailers, bicycles for young children and bicycle trailers, folding bicycles and bmx bikes

Safety and a long service life are the key quality characteristics of bicycles and electric bikes (EPACs). We can perform mechanical, electrical and electronic tests on your bicycle or electric bike and are authorized to award the GS mark (“Tested Safety” label).

Product examples

  • Bicycles
  • Electric bikes (EPACs)
  • Cargo bicycles
  • Cargo trailers
  • Children's bicycles
  • Bicycle trailers
  • Folding bicycles
  • BMX bikes

Mechanical tests

  • Safety testing in accordance with domestic and international standards
    • DIN EN ISO 4210 (bicycles)
    • DIN EN 15194 (EPACs)
    • DIN (E) 79010 (transport and cargo bicycles)
    • DIN EN ISO 8098 (children’s bicycles)
  • Tests of bells, luggage racks, and bicycle trailers
  • Tests for increased loads
  • Dynamic strength tests (on a roller drum test rig) – also on big and multi-track vehicles
  • Special tests (e.g. corrosion, UV resistance)
  • Flutter tendency test
  • Fitness-For-Use tests (FFU)

Electrical and electronic tests

  • Electrical safety (LVD)
  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
    • Complete EPAC as well as component tests
  • Tests in accordance with the Low Voltage Directive (EMF)

Chemical tests of components

  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
  • Plasticizers (phthalates)
  • SCCP (chloroparaffins)
  • Identification of heavy metals, e.g. cadmium, lead
  • RoHS conformity

Textile physical tests

  • Color fastness tests: Fastness to light, perspiration, abrasion, washing, and water, etc.
  • Tests of the physical properties of textiles in bicycle clothing and accessories
    • Abrasion resistance
    • Flex resistance
    • Breathability

Expert opinions/expert services

  • Creation of expert opinions
    • Expert opinions for accident reconstruction
    • Expert opinions in respect of product liability
    • Damage analysis of components/assemblies
    • Comparison tests
    • Fair value determination
    • Opinions for use in court
    • Insurance reports
    • Further expert opinions on request

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Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

Clothing fabrics

Clothing fabrics

Chemical tests and tests of physical properties in accordance with legal regulations and standards or customer-specific requirements are your guarantee of quality in terms of the absence of harmful substances and the wearability of the textile.

Chemical tests

  • Prohibited azo dyes according to REACH Annex XVII
  • Pentachlorophenol (PCP)
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)

Textile physical tests

  • Color fastness tests: Fastness to light, perspiration, abrasion, washing, and water, etc.
  • Tests of pilling
    • Martindale pilling
    • ICI pillbox
  • Zipper testing
  • Tensile tests
    • Tensile strength
    • Tear strength
  • Optical evaluation
    • Appearance after the desired care treatment
  •  Functional test
    • Water vapor permability
    • Water vapor resistance
    • Spray test
    • Water resistance (water column)

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Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

Consumer goods in contact with food

Consumer goods in contact with food

Consumers rely above all else on the goods they buy being harmless to their health and hygienic. We test in accordance with legal specifications and your own individual requirements.

Product examples

  • Baking dishes, cookware (pots and pans), cutting boards
  • Cutlery, crockery and drinking vessels
  • Hand-held blenders, dough mixers, meat mincing machines for cold meat production
  • Coffee makers, toasters, kettles

Chemical tests

  • Total migration of plastics and rubber materials
  • Specific migration of formaldehyde and heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and nickel
  • Volatile substances in silicon
  • RoHS conformity
  • Sensory analysis

Mechanical tests

  • Static and mechanical load tests, tensile force/pressure up to 20 kN
  • Dishwasher resistance tests
  • Tests of cooking utensils
  • Evaluation of construction and workmanship

Electrical and electronic tests

  • Electrical safety (LVD)
  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
  • Eco design

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Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

Decorative items

Decorative items

Even vases, picture frames, candle holders, and napkin holders can pose a risk to human health. For this reason, they too must meet certain legal requirements.

Chemical tests

  • Heavy metal analysis, e.g. lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel
  • Plasticizers (phthalates)
  • SCCP (chloroparaffins)
  • Pesticides (herbicides)

Textile physical tests

  • Corrosion tests
  • Tests of abrasion resistance
  • Zipper testing

Mechanical tests

  • Static and mechanical load tests, tensile force/pressure up to 20 kN
  • Durability tests
  • Evaluation of construction and workmanship

Electrical and electronic tests

  • Electrical safety (LVD)
  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
  • Eco design

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Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

DIY products, tools

DIY products, tools

Safety and a long service life are the key quality characteristics of DIY products and tools. We will put your product through its paces so that you can sell it to your customers.

Product examples

  • Varnishes and paints, car care products, work gloves
  • Parquet flooring, ceiling paneling, awnings, gazebos
  • Mechanical and electric garden tools (composters, water pumps)

Mechanical tests

  • Static and mechanical load tests, tensile force/pressure up to 20 kN
  • Strength tests (dynamic and static)
  • Durability tests
  • Evaluation of construction and workmanship

Electrical and electronic tests

  • Electrical safety (LVD)
  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
  • Eco design

Chemical tests

  • Heavy metal analysis, e.g. lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel
  • Plasticizers (phthalates)
  • SCCP (chloroparaffins)
  • Pesticides (herbicides)
  • RoHS conformity

Click here for more information about our spectrum of tests.

Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

    Entertainment electronics

    Entertainment electronics

    When it comes to entertainment electronics products, the focus of the tests is on electrical and electronic safety. Which is why we will test your product for compliance with legal guidelines and performance characteristics, among other things. We will also prepare instruction manuals and verify your existing manuals for compliance with the German Product Safety Act (ProdSG).

    Product examples

    • TV and radio sets
    • BluRay, DVD and CD players and recorders, MP3 players

    Electrical and electronic tests

    • Electrical safety (LVD)
    • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
    • Eco design
    • RED (Radio Equipment Directive)

    Chemical tests

    • Heavy metal analysis, e.g. lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel
    • Plasticizers (phthalates)
    • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
    • RoHS conformity

    Click here for more information about our spectrum of tests.

    Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

    Equestrian apparel and accessories

    Equestrian apparel and accessories

    Horse lovers care above all about the wellbeing of their four-legged friends. Saddle pads protect the horse’s back during rides, and blankets offer protection from rain and cold. It’s for this reason that horse owners set such great store by functionality, including sweat absorption, water resistance, and breathability. They are at the same time very concerned about form stability, bite resistance and durability.

    And what equestrian sports lovers want for themselves more than anything else are fashionable textiles that fit nicely and are easy to care for and colorfast, as well as being free from illegal harmful substances.

    Product examples

    • Breeches with or without faux or leather trim
    • Riding boots, chaps, leather, rubber or synthetic paddock boots
    • Gloves, show clothing
    • Rain sheets, stable blankets, and cooler rugs
    • Saddle blankets and pads
    • Splint boots, bell boots, fetlock boots, and hoof boots

    Mechanical tests

    • Static and mechanical load tests, tensile force/pressure up to 20 kN
    • Strength tests (dynamic and static)
    • Durability tests
    • Evaluation of construction and workmanship

    Chemical tests

    • Prohibited azo dyes according to REACH Annex XVII
    • Pentachlorophenol (PCP)
    • Allergenic and carcinogenic dispersion dyes

    Textile physical tests

    • Color fastness tests: Fastness to light, perspiration, abrasion, washing, and water, etc.
    • Tensile, expansion, and pressure tests
    • Functional tests (water vapor permeation resistance, water vapor permeability, water column, spray tests, air permeability)

    Fitness-for-Use Tests

    • Durability tests
    • Tests according to predetermined rules
    • Tests according to Hansecontrol/customer testing programs

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    Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

    Footwear, leather goods, accessories

    Footwear, leather goods, accessories

    When it comes to footwear and leather goods, quality and wearability are of paramount importance for consumers. We test in accordance with legal specifications and your own individual requirements. With support tailored to your individual needs, from the development stage through to the point of supply to your customers. This is how quality becomes a competitive edge.

    Product examples

    • Shoes, boots, ankle boots
    • Coats, jackets
    • Bags and belts

    Chemical tests

    • Chromium (VI)
    • Formaldehyde
    • Pentachlorophenol (PCP)

    Textile physical tests

    • Tests of shoe fit
    • Flex resistance
      • Outsole
      • Bally flex
      • Vamp flex
    • Tests of sole abrasion
    • Upper sole adhesion
    • Tests of Velcro
    • Corrosion tests
    • Color fastness tests on textiles and leather

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    Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

    Garden furniture

    Garden furniture

    Garden furniture has to be both very robust and as durable as possible. Which is why we test your product in accordance with legal guidelines on the basis of mechanical, chemical, and physical textile criteria.

    Product examples

    • Camping furniture
    • Garden tables, chairs, and loungers
    • Garden swings
    • Sunshades

    Mechanical tests

    • Static and mechanical load tests, tensile force/pressure up to 20 kN
    • Strength tests (dynamic and static)
    • Tests for increased loads
    • Durability tests
    • Evaluation of construction and workmanship

    Chemical tests

    • Heavy metal analysis, e.g. lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel
    • Plasticizers (phthalates)
    • Pesticides (herbicides)

    Textile physical tests

    • Tests of color fastness
    • Spray test
    • Breathability (functional tests)
    • Tests of abrasion resistance 

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    Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

    Home and household textiles

    Home and household textiles

    When it comes to home and household textiles, quality and harmlessness to health are paramount for consumers. We perform chemical and physical textile tests in accordance with legal, ecological, and customer-specific guidelines.

    Product examples

    • Bedroom furnishings/bedding
    • Blankets/pillows and their fillings
    • Decorative and upholstery fabrics
    • Terry textiles, towels, bathrobes
    • Curtains and bathroom accessories without back coatings

    Chemical tests

    • Prohibited azo dyes according to REACH Annex XVII
    • Pentachlorophenol (PCP)
    • Allergenic and carcinogenic dispersion dyes

    Textile physical tests

    • Fastness: Fastness to light, perspiration, abrasion, washing, and water, etc.
    • Tests of pilling
    • Dimensional changes and appearance after the desired care treatment

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    Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

    Household items and goods

    Household items and goods

    Consumers judge such products by their harmlessness to health and their safety for the user. We will test your product in accordance with legal guidelines, alongside your individual requirements and those of the market.

    Product examples

    • Cutlery and crockery
    • Knives
    • Kitchen helper, cutting boards, graters
    • Kettles and cafetières
    • Baking dishes, pots, pans

    Chemical tests

    • Total migration of plastics and rubber materials
    • Specific migration of formaldehyde and heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and nickel
    • Volatile substances in silicon
    • RoHS conformity
    • Sensory analysis

    Mechanical tests

    • Static and mechanical load tests, tensile force/pressure up to 20 kN
    • Strength tests (dynamic and static)
    • Dishwasher resistance tests
    • Microwave resistance tests
    • Evaluation of construction and workmanship

    Fitness-for-Use Tests

    • Durability tests
    • Tests according to predetermined rules
    • Tests according to Hansecontrol/customer testing programs

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    Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

    IT products

    IT products

    Electrical, electronic and chemical tests are at the core of the IT product tests we perform to verify, among other things, longevity and energy efficiency.

    Product examples

    • PC and PC accessories, projectors
    • Storage media
    • DCF radio clocks

    Electrical and electronic tests

    • Electrical safety (LVD)
    • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
    • Eco design
    • RED (Radio Equipment Directive)

    Chemical tests

    • Heavy metal analysis, e.g. lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel
    • Plasticizers (phthalates)
    • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
    • RoHS conformity

    Fitness-for-Use Tests

    • Durability tests
    • Tests according to predetermined rules
    • Tests according to Hansecontrol/customer testing programs

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    Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

    Large household electrical appliances

    Large household electrical appliances

    Energy efficiency is the key quality feature of large household electrical appliances. We will test your product for compliance with legal requirements, performance characteristics, or energy consumption.

    Product examples

    • Washing machines, washer-dryers, dryers
    • Stoves, ovens, steam ovens, grills, microwaves
    • Dishwashers
    • Refrigerating appliances

    Electrical and electronic tests

    • Electrical safety (LVD)
    • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
    • Eco design
    • RED (Radio Equipment Directive)

    Chemical tests

    • Heavy metal analysis, e.g. lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel
    • Plasticizers (phthalates)
    • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
    • RoHS conformity
    • Sensory analysis

    Fitness-for-Use Tests

    • Durability tests
    • Tests according to predetermined rules
    • Tests according to Hansecontrol/customer testing programs

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    Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

    Small household electrical appliances

    Small household electrical appliances

    Our tests for this group of products focus on electrical safety, energy efficiency, and performance characteristics. We will test your product for compliance with all legal guidelines and market requirements.

    Product examples

    • Microwaves, waffle irons, deep fryers, egg boilers, toasters, kettles, sandwichmaker, hand mixers, all-purpose slicers
    • Coffee makers and fully automatic coffee machines
    • Irons, steam cleaners, vacuum cleaners
    • Hair styling devices, hair dryers, electric toothbrushes

    Electrical and electronic tests

    • Electrical safety (LVD)
    • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
    • RED (Radio Equipment Directive)
    • Eco design

    Chemical tests

    • Heavy metal analysis, e.g. lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel
    • Plasticizers (phthalates)
    • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
    • RoHS conformity
    • Sensory analysis

    Fitness-for-Use Tests

    • Durability tests
    • Tests according to predetermined rules
    • Tests according to Hansecontrol/customer testing programs

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    Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

    Lighting equipment and luminaires

    Lighting equipment and luminaires

    Electrical safety, energy efficiency and product longevity are the key quality characteristics of lighting equipment and luminaires. We will test your product in accordance with the guidelines laid down in the legal regulations and standards and with customer-specific requirements.

    Electrical and electronic tests

    • Electrical safety (LVD)
    • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
    • Eco design
    • IP tests (e.g. IP 44 or IP X7)

    Chemical tests

    • Heavy metal analysis, e.g. lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel
    • Plasticizers (phthalates)
    • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
    • RoHS conformity

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    Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

    Mattresses and reclining systems

    Mattresses and reclining systems

    Our aim is to be at the service of our customers in all the fields in which they specialize. Which is why we offer tests of mattresses in line with the state of the art alongside mechanical safety tests for beds and bed frames; we also offer our very own in-house test marks. We can also test individual components and elements of your products.

    Product examples

    • Mattresses
    • Children’s mattresses
    • Bed frames
    • Water beds
    • Slatted frames
    • Box spring beds
    • Toppers

    Scope of services

    • Mechanical safety of beds, bed frames, and reclining systems (DIN EN 1725)
    • Determination of the functional properties of mattresses, including aging tests (DIN EN 1957)
    • Determination of the indentation profile and hardness of zone mattresses (also graphical) (DIN SPEC 68200)
    • Fatigue tests of foams in continuous vibration tests under constant shock load (DIN EN ISO 3385)
    • Determination of the hardness of foams using the indentation method (DIN EN ISO 2439)
    • Children's furniture – safety of children's mattresses, cots, and cribs (DIN EN 16890)
    • Tests of electrical safety and electromagnetic compatibility, e.g. of electrically movable slatted frames
    • Tests of the physical characteristics of the textiles of mattresses, toppers, box spring beds, etc.
    • Harmful substances analysis of foams and upholstery, textiles, leather and imitation leather, wood and wood materials, etc.
    • Labeling test according to legal requirements
    • Tests based on the published test specifications of the “Stiftung Warentest”
    • and much more...

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    Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

    Sports and fitness equipment

    Sports and fitness equipment

    Our activities for this product group focus primarily on mechanical, electrical, and electronic tests. We will test your product in accordance with the guidelines laid down in legal regulations and standards, and with customer-specific requirements.

    Product examples

    • Steppers, swing steppers
    • Cross trainers, stationary bikes, treadmills
    • Cross trainers and fitness equipment
    • In-line skates
    • Balance balls
    • Fitness bands

    Mechanical tests

    • Static and mechanical load tests, tensile force/pressure up to 20 kN
    • Strength tests (dynamic and static)
    • Durability tests
    • Verification of performance characteristics
    • Evaluation of construction and workmanship

    Electrical and electronic tests

    • Electrical safety (LVD)
    • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
    • Eco design
    • RED (Radio Equipment Directive)

    Chemical tests

    • Prohibited azo dyes according to REACh Annex XVII
    • Dispersion dyes
    • Plasticizers (phthalates)
    • RoHS conformity

    Click here for more information about our spectrum of tests.

    Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.

    Toys

    Toys

    Safety and harmlessness to health are decisive factors when it comes to assessing the quality of toys. We will test your product for compliance with legal guidelines in respect of harmful substances, safety, and performance characteristics.

    Product examples

    • Activity toys, crawl tunnels, tents
    • Ride-on toys, tractors, cars, sleighs, kids’ scooters, tricycles, balance bikes
    • Toys for babies and toddlers
    • Construction sets
    • Magnetic, wooden, and plastic toys and bricks
    • Children's clothing e.g. costumes
    • RC toys, roller skates, in-line skates, and skateboards
    • Slides, climbing frames, trampolines, and rocking horses

    Scope of services

    • Tests in line with legal requirements according to DIN EN 71-X, DIN EN 62115, LFGB, ASTM F963, CPSA & CPSIA
    • Classification and risk analysis as tests during product development

    Mechanical tests

    • Static and mechanical load tests, tensile force/pressure up to 20 kN
    • Strength tests (dynamic and static)
    • Durability tests
    • Evaluation of construction and workmanship

    Chemical tests

    • Flame retardants (e.g. PBB, PBDE)
    • Migration of metals in accordance with EN 71-3 (lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel...)
    • Plasticizers (phthalates)
    • RoHS conformity

    Electrical and electronic tests

    • Electrical safety (LVD)
    • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
    • Eco design
    • RED (Radio Equipment Directive)

    Textile physical tests

    • Tests of color resistance to saliva and sweat simulants

    Fitness-for-Use Tests

    • Durability tests
    • Tests according to predetermined rules
    • Tests according to Hansecontrol/customer testing programs

    Flammability tests

    • Tests according to domestic and international regulations (e.g. DIN EN 71-X, DIN EN 1103, ASTM F963, CFR-x)

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    Certifications, such as fitness for use, tests for harmful substances, safety or other product-specific properties, can also be carried out by Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft mbH.