SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is leading the way in the detection of chemicals in baby diapers, sanitary products and tampons with the launch of its new, international EDANA NWSP 360.0 method.
Designed to help manufacturers of Absorbent Hygiene Products (AHPs) offer greater reassurance to consumers, NWSP 360.0 is the result of a collaboration between experts at SGS France and EDANA, the world's main association of manufacturers of non-woven fabrics and related products.
Despite growing levels of consumer concern around the presence of chemicals in AHPs, particularly baby diapers, there are no specific regulations for their detection. Authorities and manufacturers around the world have instead fallen back on product testing practices used on other materials or in other sectors.
With NWSP360.0, manufacturers can access an internationally harmonized method which detects trace chemicals based on real life conditions. The method builds on the benefits of generic tests whilst readjusting criteria to account for body temperature, urine simulant and other factors. For improved toxicological assessment of trace chemicals, it also accounts for both practical and realistic conditions.
Vincent Bernus, Hygiene Division Director, SGS France said: “We are very proud to launch this new testing method which is available now. It will enable manufacturers and other stakeholders access to new and robust protocols to develop safer and more trusted products that will reassure consumers around the world.”
The global service is undertaken from the SGS France laboratory in Rouen, which is closely connected to the company Oignies laboratory and recognized as an international reference for the tests and performance measurements of disposable and absorbent hygiene products. The lab is one of only two in the world to deploy the new NWSP360.0 method.
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