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Plastic food contact material regulations and testing in the EU

Plastic food contact material regulations and testing in the EU

EU regulations require plastic food contact materials to be tested for harmful substances that may migrate from the material to food.

Particle size distribution analysis – guide to method selection

Particle size distribution analysis – guide to method selection

Particle size distribution is a key characteristic of powdered materials. This guide helps you choose the most appropriate analytical method for your sample.

PFAS regulations in the EU: overview of restrictions by product category

PFAS regulations in the EU: overview of restrictions by product category

The use of PFAS – also known as "forever chemicals" – has been regulated in the EU for more than a decade, with limits getting stricter in recent years.

Niko Markkinen
Niko Markkinen

January 10, 2024

Biocide regulations and testing in the EU

The EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) sets detailed requirements for active substances, biocidal products, and biocide-treated articles.

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Biocide regulations and testing in the EU
Heini Virtanen
Heini Virtanen

January 5, 2024

Cosmetics efficacy testing to support product claims

According to EU regulations, cosmetic product claims must be substantiated by robust evidence, such as clinical tests or customer perception studies.

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Cosmetics efficacy testing to support product claims
Pasi Tuomikoski
Pasi Tuomikoski

December 21, 2023

Food labeling requirements in Europe: a guide to compliance testing

In addition to compulsory food labeling, laboratory tests can be used to evidence voluntary claims about nutritional and health benefits.

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Food labeling requirements in Europe: a guide to compliance testing
Anssi Rajala
Anssi Rajala

December 5, 2023

Overview of global & European POP testing regulations and compliance testing

The Stockholm Convention and the EU POPs Regulation aim to phase out Persistent Organic Pollutants to protect human health and the environment.

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Overview of global & European POP testing regulations and compliance testing
Krista Alasalmi
Krista Alasalmi

November 27, 2023

Toy safety in the EU: an overview of testing requirements

Manufacturers and importers must ensure the chemical, mechanical, and fire safety of toys in accordance with the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.

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Toy safety in the EU: an overview of testing requirements
Hande Güneş
Hande Güneş

November 16, 2023

Powder characterization: techniques and applications

Key powder properties to be determined include particle size and shape, surface morphology, density, porosity, and flow properties.

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Powder characterization: techniques and applications
Krista Alasalmi
Krista Alasalmi

November 9, 2023

Nitrosamine testing requirements and recommendations by product category

Although not added to materials on purpose, carcinogenic nitrosamines may be present as impurities. Their amount must not exceed product-specific legal limits.

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Nitrosamine testing requirements and recommendations by product category
Aatto Rautio
Aatto Rautio

November 1, 2023

Microplastic regulations in the EU – how to ensure compliance?

After their recent addition to the REACH Regulation, primary microplastics must not be present in restricted products in concentrations above 0.01% by weight.

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Microplastic regulations in the EU – how to ensure compliance?
Hande Güneş
Hande Güneş

October 18, 2023

Summary of EFSA guidelines for assessing the safety of nanomaterials in food – which tests are needed?

In addition to engineered nanomaterials, conventional food products may need testing to prove they do not contain nanoparticles or have nanoscale properties.

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Summary of EFSA guidelines for assessing the safety of nanomaterials in food – which tests are needed?
Henna Väänänen
Henna Väänänen

October 4, 2023

Phthalates testing according to EU regulations

The EU imposes strict limits on maximum phthalate content in various product groups, including food contact materials, toys, and cosmetics.

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Phthalates testing according to EU regulations
Anssi Rajala
Anssi Rajala

September 19, 2023

Guide to VOC testing: regulations, methods, and standards

Volatile organic compound (VOC) screening is vital to quality assurance in several industries, such as construction materials, fuel, and food contact materials.

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Guide to VOC testing: regulations, methods, and standards
Krista Alasalmi
Krista Alasalmi

September 8, 2023

Bisphenol A – overview of testing requirements in the EU

EFSA's recent opinion on bisphenol A reduces the tolerable daily intake significantly. As a result, the EU is planning to ban BPA in food contact materials.

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Bisphenol A – overview of testing requirements in the EU
Teemu Myllymäki
Teemu Myllymäki

September 1, 2023

Measurlabs raises €2.5M to help sustainability companies bring their products to market faster

We raised 2.5 million euros in a new seed round. The round was led by VentureFriends and joined by existing investors Lifeline Ventures, Tesi, and Curus.

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Measurlabs raises €2.5M to help sustainability companies bring their products to market faster
Alexandra Zühlke
Alexandra Zühlke

August 21, 2023

European medical device regulation: how to ensure compliance with EU MDR 2017/745?

A range of laboratory analyses, including biocompatibility and microbiological quality testing, is required to fulfill the requirements of the EU MDR.

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European medical device regulation: how to ensure compliance with EU MDR 2017/745?
Juha Keskiväli
Juha Keskiväli

August 15, 2023

Elemental analysis – methods and applications

The choice of the most appropriate elemental analysis technique is based on factors including sensitivity, sample characteristics, and elements of interest.

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Elemental analysis – methods and applications
Hande Güneş
Hande Güneş

August 10, 2023

Overview of testing requirements for cosmetic products in the EU

Test results on chemical composition, physical properties, and microbiological quality are required to demonstrate that cosmetics are safe and effective.

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Overview of testing requirements for cosmetic products in the EU
Niko Markkinen
Niko Markkinen

June 5, 2023

EU regulations on food contaminants – how to ensure compliance?

Testing is needed to ensure that food contaminant levels stay within the limits of Regulation (EU) 2023/915, which recently replaced Regulation (EC) 1881/2006.

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EU regulations on food contaminants – how to ensure compliance?
Paula Hirsilä
Paula Hirsilä

May 29, 2023

Recycled plastic, paper, and board in food contact materials – overview of regulations

It is possible to use recycled materials in food contact applications, but an enhanced compliance assessment is required to ensure their chemical safety.

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Recycled plastic, paper, and board in food contact materials – overview of regulations
Charlotte Zborowski
Charlotte Zborowski

May 10, 2023

Thin film depth profiling: guide to method selection

Choosing the most appropriate thin film depth profiling technique is key to obtaining all the required information at optimal sensitivity.

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Thin film depth profiling: guide to method selection
Ville Roininen
Ville Roininen

April 13, 2023

Overview of EU policy on biobased, biodegradable, and compostable plastics

According to the EU, biobased and biodegradable plastics can provide a sustainable alternative to fossil-based materials, but only when used appropriately.

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Overview of EU policy on biobased, biodegradable, and compostable plastics