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TÜV Rheinland's Bentonville lab earns A2LA recognition
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Apr '11
TÜV Rheinland's new consumer products testing laboratory in Bentonville, AR was recently accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and officially approved as a third-party testing laboratory by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to provide certain chemical and mechanical testing on consumer products such as children's toys and textiles.

The new laboratory's focus is on providing chemical and mechanical testing and assessment services for consumer products including wearing apparel, costumes, upholstery, and home furnishings as well as toys, and children's products. With its recent ISO 17025 accreditation, the global quality standard for testing and calibration laboratories, the Bentonville, AR laboratory is recognized for technical competence in specific areas of chemical testing such as lead and phthalate content. In addition, the laboratory is able to perform a variety of tests for evaluating mechanical safety and flammability requirements.

“We are excited and proud to have achieved A2LA Accreditation to ISO 17025 and gained acceptance by the CPSC so quickly” said Cheryl Rieser, business development director for the company. “As we have now been accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by A2LA, we are officially approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for testing to certain children's product safety rules (CPSIA).

“Our objective in building this facility was to create a centrally located, state-of-the-art laboratory that would allow us to offer a higher level of service to differentiate us from the competition” said Rieser. “Garnering these accreditations so quickly shows us that we are well on our way towards reaching our goal and demonstrates our competence and ability to deliver the highest level of services to our customers.”

In addition to testing for toys and textile consumer products, the laboratory also offers testing for consumer electronics, appliances, household goods and decor, cosmetics, and others. The laboratory tests to a number of national and international standards including RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals), product life cycle green compliance and others.

Founded in 1871, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services. The company inspects technical equipment, products and services; oversees projects; and helps to shape processes for U.S. companies seeking entry to worldwide markets. With 14,500 employees, TÜV Rheinland maintains a presence in approximately 500 locations in 61 countries. In addition, it encompasses an international network of approved labs, testing facilities and education centers, and its experts train people across a wide range of industries.

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