Tests in baby and childcare articles

Products for babies and childcare articles are classified as consumer goods, and as such, are regulated by Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 December 2001 on general product safety. The objective of this Directive is to guarantee that products placed on the market are safe.

Performing safety tests to demonstrate compliance with technical safety measures is essential to guarantee that baby and childcare products are safe and comply with Directive 2001/95/EC.

In this sense, we place our laboratory at your disposal to perform physical, chemical and flammability tests on baby and childcare articles, according to European and international regulations and legislations.

Testing services for baby and childcare articles

Tests on small child articles

We perform safety tests on all small child articles (soothers, soother holders, feeding bottles, teats, cutlery and feeding utensils, etc.) in accordance with European and international regulations, as well as applicable legislation (REACH, food contact, etc…).

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Benefits of our childcare safety tests
They guarantee the international acceptance of test reports.
The tests are needed to guarantee product safety.
To prevent children from suffering accidents due to a lack of safety of your products during use.
  • Safety tests on baby and childcare articles are necessary to guarantee that the products are safe.
  • Performing these tests at AIJU guarantees the international acceptance of the test reports that are obtained, because it implies that the safety tests have been performed in a European and international reference laboratory that is recognised by the competent authorities (both in market inspection and in import control) and certified by ENAC.
  • Our principles of collaboration are: speed of response, service quality, confidentiality of information, and customer satisfaction. Our flexibility and customer orientation facilitate communication and understanding between all parties involved.
How we carry out safety tests for your products

Baby and childcare articles are not regulated by a specific safety directive. They fall under the consumer goods group, and are regulated by Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 December 2001 on general product safety.

The general product safety Directive refers to standards as “tools” which make it possible to assess product conformity, and it mentions different options for assessing safety:

  •  National technical standards – transposition of harmonised European standards-;
  •  National technical standards – transposition of non-harmonised European standards-;
  •  National standards;
  •  Recommendations of the European Commission;
  •  Codes of good practice regarding product safety that are currently in force in the sector;
  •  Current state of the knowledge and the technique.

Therefore, performing safety tests to demonstrate compliance with standards is essential in order to be able to place baby and childcare articles on the market and to demonstrate that they are safe products.

Firstly, we determine the regulations and legislation that apply to the particular product in order to know what type of product it is and whether there is an applicable technical regulation.

If there is no such applicable regulation, we perform a safety test of the product applying all the available technical reference documentation, and taking the intended user into consideration.

We then carry out all the determinations and tests that apply to the product, as well as any other determinations that the customer may request.

As a result, we obtain test reports in which we detail the obtained results and conclusions. The test reports obtained at AIJU are accepted internationally, since they are carried out in an accredited laboratory, located in Europe, and recognised by the competent authorities, both in market inspection and in import control.

First laboratory in Spain accredited by ENAC (National Accreditation Entity) for these products

Our technological institute has more than 30 years’ experience in the performance of safety tests on baby and childcare articles.

First laboratory in Spain accredited by ENAC (National Accreditation Entity) since 1989, as per ISO/IEC 17025 for the performance of these tests (accreditation No. 6/LE016).

We are an active member of several national and international standard-setting forums and committees related to child safety.

Participation in these committees guarantees knowledge of and constant updating in technical aspects, criteria and pre-regulatory work.

A leading laboratory for the performance of tests

Specific facilities for the performance of tests on baby and childcare products.

Equipment required to carry out all the tests: climatic chambers, test masses and probes, adjustable ramps, fatigue benches, universal traction machines, etc. Most of this equipment has been specifically developed by our technical staff.

We also have sound-proof and anti-vibration rooms in which the heavy equipment is located: fatigue benches for the application of dynamic loads, test equipment for pushchairs – testing on irregular surfaces and handlebars – and other fatigue equipment to perform static and dynamic strength tests.

We have specific rooms and leading equipment to carry out all chemical tests applicable to children’s products:

  •  Gas chromatographers with mass spectrometry detection (GC-MS).
  •  Gas chromatographers with flame ionisation detection (GC-FID).
  •  Liquid chromatography with time-of-flight mass spectrometry detection (LC-QTOF).
  •  High-performance liquid chromatography with diode-array (HPLC-DAD) and fluorescence detection.
  •  Optical emission spectrophotometry with inductive plasma coupling (ICP-OES).
  •  Optical emission spectrophotometry with mass spectrometry detection (ICP-MS) with and without coupling with liquid chromatography.
  •  Ultraviolet-visible spectrometry.
Carolina Maestre
Tests in childcare and children’s products
Tel: +34 96 555 44 75