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PAH - 18 Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH 1)

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PAH - 18 Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH 1)

Protect the health of your consumers by having your products tested for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH).

Let your products test and convince your customers with your high safety standard!

Content of the testing

What is content of the testing?

Based on a material sample, we test your products for PAH content. The test is performed based on the AfPS GS 2014:01 - PAH document. The following consumer goods can be tested:

Category 1: Materials intended to be placed in the mouth or materials in toys with intended and prolonged skin contact (longer than 30 seconds).

Category 2: Materials with foreseeable skin contact for longer than 30 seconds or with repeated shorter skin contact.

Category 3: Materials with foreseeable skin contact for up to 30 seconds.

This ensures that your products do not pose any health risks to your customers due to PAH - 18 Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH 1).

Testing based on composite samples

Depending on the category, testing for PAH may be performed via composite samples.

As a general rule, composite samples are prepared to shorten the processing times or to reduce costs for testing. A composite sample usually consists of up to three compatible individual materials in one sample, which are combined in equal parts and are together subjected to a specific chemical test. The number of materials mixed depends on the methodological requirements. Preparing composite samples generally bears the risk that the result of the composite sample shows deviations, suggesting that at least one of the individual materials does not comply with the legal or standard market limits. Which material within a composite sample caused the deviation is confirmed by retesting all individual materials of the composite sample. This leads to additional costs which are the responsibility of the client. This way you ensure that your products do not pose any health risks to your customers. By having your products tested, you convey your high quality standards to your customers!

Materials

Which materials can be tested for PAH?
  • plastics
  • foams
  • leatherette
  • textiles
  • coatings
  • prints
  • rubber

Limits

Which limits must be hold?

You will find an overview over the limit values in the enclosed pdf file.

Product examples

Product examples for the testing for PAH

Other building products, jewelery, accessories, toys, shoes and accessories, protective footwear, safety footwear, PPE footwear, protective clothing, PPE clothing, clothing (textile), office products, swim-sport articles (snorkel, fins, diving suit, etc.), sports equipment, leisure and camping equipment, house and kitchenware, decoration articles, lighters, stroller (not toys), school equipment and satchels, furniture, windows and doors, shelves and storage racks, sanitary products, Garden tools and articles (without drive), tools, tool accessories e.g. drills, bits, abrassive disc, automotive accessories (including wiper blades), lifting jack and car ramps, mounting parts autocars/motobikes, transportation equipment for kids (car seat, bicycle seat, etc.), craddle, crib, baby walking frame, playpen, safety barriers, wall holder (TV, bath and kitchen), protective equipment leisure, electrical automotive components, smart home (Smart Home / Smart Grid), fire security, alarm & intrusion detection, large household appliances / gastronomy equipment, small appliances (warm), small appliances (cold), hot water appliances, sanitary appliances (electric), personal care device, pumps and ventilators (for household applications), cooking appliances, radio / telecommunications equipment, IT-, telecommunication devices, wearable products (e.g. Google Glass, Smartwatches), audio / video equipment, air conditioning and heating appliances, lights, unmanned aerial vehicles

Download Area

PDF PAK 1_Übersicht der Grenzwerte.pdf 75 kB download

Test process

  1. Order at the online shop

    Configure your desired individual chemical test in the TÜV Rheinland business client online shop and send us your purchase order.

  2. Delivery of material sample

    Please note that you must send the number of test samples/material samples required for testing to TÜV Rheinland at your own cost. For the exact location, please refer to the accompanying note for the test sample.

    Please enclose the accompanying note for the test sample (attachment of your order confirmation) with your test sample shipment or, for large shipments, attach it on the outside of the outer packaging.  This allows us to quickly and easily match your sample with your order. Receipt and registration of the test sample happens at the respective laboratory site. The same applies for the weighing of the materials to be tested, which is based on the amount of the sample required for the test (material sample collection).

  3. Testing

    The chemical testing of the material samples is performed in our DIN EN ISO 17025 accredited laboratories according to legal and standard market requirements. The chemical testing inevitably destroys the samples, and they cannot be reused.

  4. Sending of test results

    Analysis of the measurement results and documentation of the results in a test report.

Test Details

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    Estimated test duration:

    5 business days (Monday - Friday) after receipt of sample and order confirmation
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    Required sample size:

    10 grams minimum
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    Mixed sampling:

    Depending on the category, composite samples are possible.

Required sample details

  • Product category
    Your material to be tested will later be assigned to this product category.
  • Article name
    What is the article name of the product, in which the material to be tested will later be used?
  • Component
    The component to be tested
  • Material
    What material is the component to be tested made of?
  • Color
    What is the color of the material?
  • Composite sample
    As a general rule, composite samples are prepared to shorten the processing times. A composite sample consists of up to three individual materials in one sample, which are combined in equal parts and are subjected together to a specific chemical test. The number of samples mixed depends on the requirements.
  • Retests
    Preparing composite samples generally bears the risk that the result of the composite sample may show deviations, suggesting that at least one of the individual materials does not comply with the legal or standard market limits. To determine which of the materials within a composite sample had caused the deviation, all materials of the composite sample must be individually retested. This leads to additional costs which are the responsibility of the client.
  • Language of test report
    In which language should the test report be issued?