Independent material testing
Our accredited test areas according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018
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Areas of competence
✓ Textile & Clothing
✓ Textile Accessories
✓ Suitcases etc.
We test for: ✓ REACH compliance
✓ Aromatic amines ✓ Metals
✓ Colours that cause allergies or are known to be carcinogenic
✓ Insulation material ✓ Seat covers
✓ Imitation leather ✓ Armature
✓ Side trim etc.
✓ Costume jewellery ✓ Toys
✓ Colourants ✓ Packaging materials
✓ Seal of quality for upholstery fabrics and decorative fabrics
Frequently asked questions
We test a wide range of parameters in our technical and analytical laboratory.
In the field of analytical testing, we focus mainly on the following areas: the identification of fibre types and the determination of their proportion in a textile; Tattoo/PMU dye testing according to current legislation; textile testing for harmful substances, heavy metals and quality testing; plastic testing, such as accessories in textiles; metal testing, especially for nickel and also complaint processing.
In the field of technological testing, we focus on the following areas: Colour fastness, especially of home textiles and furniture; textile examinations with regard to basic data, such as yarn fineness, as well as usage properties, such as flammability and dimensional change; child safety in the area of children’s clothing and toys; the technological testing of furniture upholstery materials, especially of leather and imitation leather and automotive interior materials, this includes emission testing, as well as burning behaviour.
For a detailed list of all tests, please ask for our test catalogue.
We mainly test textiles from the clothing, toy, home textile, technical textile, furniture and automotive sectors. In these areas, we also check the packaging, inserts and care labels. Jewellery and plastic articles are also part of our range to be tested.
Furthermore, we are the world’s leading laboratory for testing tattoo and permanent make-up colours. For examples please have a look here. ctl-tattoo.de/db/
We are happy to refer you to partner laboratories if we are unable to test your article here.
Our turnaround time is usually 10 working days. However, different inspections may need more or less time due to the scope of the inspection. There is also the possibility of placing an express order for an additional 50%. Depending on the feasibility, you will then receive your result within 3 working days.
For a quotation, please contact the administrative office, which will then forward you to the responsible person. For an overview of our prices, please request our catalogue.
We will be happy to advise you on which tests make sense for your item. This cannot be said as a general rule, but depends on various factors, such as in which country or with which supplier the article is to be sold. Basically, there are always legal regulations, especially in the area of harmful substances. However, there may also be legal requirements in the area of technical properties, for example for articles that are used in the hotel industry. Therefore, we are happy to advise you on how to bring your article onto the market in a roadworthy manner or to meet certain requirements.
Quality has always been our top priority and just one year after its foundation, CTL® was certified according to the international standard ISO 9001. This was an important step for our many customers at home and abroad, but also shows an essential aspect of our company philosophy.
Since 2004, we have been accredited according to the international standard DIN EN ISO 17025:2005.
Since 2020, we have also been accredited according to the new DIN EN ISO 17025:2018.