Intertek tests and analyses detergents, colourants, dyes and pigment ingredients and their applications such as liquid inks, textiles, packaging, food and pharmaceuticals.

Detergents, dyes and colourants are prevalent in the manufacture of many consumer and industrial products, including apparel and textiles, toys, cosmetics, footwear, medical devices, medicines, industrial and domestic detergents, and packaging. They can impart specific finishes, prevent mould growth, reduce product degradation or bring vibrant color to a product to name just a few of their functions.

As a manufacturer of these products, your challenge is to ensure that products are of the highest quality and display optimal performance. Product safety is paramount and the presence of potentially harmful chemicals must be assessed at each stage of the supply chain. The risk to health and the environment should be minimized to meet chemical restrictions around the world paying special attention to the selection of dyes and chemical ingredients in products. This includes keeping products free of hazardous or restricted substances such as heavy metals formaldehyde, phthalates or azo colourants and their breakdown products.

With Intertek as your Total Quality Assurance partner, we can help you to implement chemical management solutions covering your entire supply chain including toxicology risk assessment of ingredients, guidance on labeling, screening for restricted substances, and regulatory consulting to ensure that your organisation meets compliance goals. Our expertise enable you to identify and mitigate the intrinsic risk in your operations, supply chains and business processes.

Our experienced scientists can support your product development through formulation analysis and deformulation studies. Through a wide range of laboratory services we can screen for potential allergens or active substances such as surfactants and help you to address chemical contamination or microbiological safety. Interaction studies between products and substrates such as skin, fabrics, hair, packaging and hard surfaces help to progress performance studies. Our testing services help to evaluate how your products and services meet and exceed quality, safety, sustainability and performance standards.

Textiles & Apparel and Footwear

Dyes and additives are used during manufacturing of textiles, apparel and footwear, as well as to form components of products to impart specific finishes, prevent mold growth and product degradation, or enhance color. Certain dyes and substances have been found to pose hazards to human health and environmental safety. As a result, rules and regulations have been enacted around the world to promote environmental safety, as well as protect human health. Intertek can partner with you to implement chemical management solution in your supply chain network, including testing for restricted substances such as azo colorants that break down to restricted amines, disperse dyes, flame retardants, formaldehyde, fungicides such as dimethyl fumarate (DMF), pesticides, phthalates and heavy metals.

Bringing quality to life, our Total Quality Assurance expertise is delivered consistently with precision, pace and passion, enabling you to power ahead safely.

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