Chemical testing

Chemical testing

Secure access to European markets

The European Community Regulation for Registration Evaluation, Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) requires evaluation of thousands of substances for potential risks to human health and/or the environment. The EU has also passed the RoHS directive (Restriction on Hazardous Substances) for electrical and electronic equipment and sets requirements for food contact materials.


REACH will have a significant impact on any organization that uses chemicals as it shifts the burden of proof for demonstrating their safe use to businesses. Part of the registration will involve sharing information up and down the supply chain.

REACH imposes strict obligations. All substances, including those already on the market, must be registered under REACH. Only biocides, foodstuff and substances manufactured or imported in volumes < 1 t/a (per legal entity) are exempt from registration Moreover, particularly hazardous chemicals require official authorisation. REACH also requires that producers and importers of articles declare the presence of any “Substances of Very High Concern” (SVHC).

DEKRA is well known for expert categorisation and evaluation of chemicals and their safe use. What’s more, we have experience of producing safety data sheets and marketability certification for customers in a wide range of industrial sectors. Our chemical laboratory is DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 accredited. The DEKRA REACH Compliance Management helps you ensure legal compliance and confirm this to your customers.

We’ll be happy to guide you through the maze of REACH-related issues. So, if you’re looking for a reliable, neutral testing partner with centres across Europe, why not get in touch? Prompt action now can save you a lot of hassle down the line.

Since July 2006, the EU’s RoHS directive (2002/95/EC) stipulates that lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) may no longer be used in electrical and electronic equipment. So, how can you demonstrate that your products comply with this directive?

We can test them to ensure that they do not contain these heavy metals and certify them as RoHS-free. In addition, we can identify the implications of RoHS when designing new products and help you make a custom inspection of your existing products. Through these services we can help you ensure that your products can be sold throughout Europe and, having met these stringent standards, they will also be accepted in markets around the world.

The Framework Regulation (EC) 1935/2004 states that food contact materials shall be safe. They shall not transfer their components into the food in quantities that could endanger human health, change the compostion of food in an unacceptable way or deteriorate the taste and odour of foodstuff. DEKRA offers you comprehensive migration and sensoric testings for your components or products with food contact.

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