Product Testing

As an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory, ACT Lab provides a variety of testing services across all industries. Our specialties include the mechanical and chemical testing of helmets, bicycles, scooters, e-mobility products, sporting goods, toys, and more.

Products We Test

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The importance of safety tests is growing in all segments of the bicycle market worldwide. ACT’s strong foundation in the bicycle industry has allowed us to provide superior service within all aspects of the bicycle supply chain. Whether individual components or complete bicycles, our team of engineers and compliance experts will work with you to assure your testing meets the necessary standards, and help you develop and analyze results for future product improvement.

Testing Services

  • EN 15194 – Cycles – Electrically Power Assisted Cycles – EPAC Bicycles
  • CPSC 16 CFR 1512 – Requirements for Bicycles
  • ISO 4210:2015 – Cycles – Safety Requirements for Bicycles
  • ISO 8098 – Cycles – Safety Requirements for Bicycles for Young Children
  • EN 14764 City and Trekking Bicycles
  • EN 14765 Bicycles for Young Children
  • EN 14766 Mountain Bicycles
  • EN 14781 Racing Bicycles
  • EN 16054 BMX Bicycles
  • AS/NZS 1927 – Pedal Bicycles – Safety Requirements
  • ABNT NBR – Brazilian Standards for Two-Wheeled Vehicles – Bicycles
  • ANSI Z315.1 – Tricycles – Safety Requirements
  • GB 3565:2005 Safety Requirements for Bicycles
  • GB 14746:2006 Safety Requirements for Bicycles for Young Children

As the popularity of e-transportation and electric ridesharing grows, so do global e-bike safety regulations. ACT Lab can guide you through the ever-changing e-bike compliance process so you can deliver the safest products to market. Our team of experts is deeply involved in the development of global e-bike safety standards, giving us specialized industry insight. We go beyond testing with informed guidance through product evaluation, research and development projects, and quality control services.

Testing Services

  • EN 15194 – Cycles – Electrically Power Assisted Cycles – EPAC Bicycles
  • UL 2849 Standard for Electrical Systems for eBikes
  • Charger & battery testing
  • Class verification testing
  • Performance evaluation
  • Chemical testing
  • Durability testing
  • Customized research and development projects

With the increased use of scooters, powered scooters, and similar wheeled products by both children and adults, international safety standards have evolved significantly. Whether for recreational use or transportation, these products require specialized testing.

Testing Services

  • ASTM Standard F 2264 Non-Powered Scooters
  • ASTM Standard F 2641 Powered Scooters/ Pocket Bikes
  • ASTM Standard F 2642 Safety Instructions and Labeling Specifications for Recreational Powered Scooters and Pocket Bikes
  • EN 14619 Roller Sports/Kick Scooters
  • EN 62115 Electrical Only (Scooter)

The global electric mobility market size is expected to reach $478.9 billion by 2025, which is a market growth of 24.7$ from 2019. In the compliance and testing world, increased market size leads to an increase in global standards and regulations. ACT Lab is deeply involved in the development of e-mobility standards, giving us specialized industry insight. Our testing services for e-mobility products include e-bikes, e-scooters, e-rideshare products, e-skates, e-skateboards, hoverboards, and more.

ACT Lab provides testing, inspection, compliance, and certification for a variety of helmet types. Whether for use in sports, outdoor activities, or transportation, our experts can provide guidance and expertise in the evaluation of helmets in compliance with international standards such as DOT, CPSC, ASTM, EN, and more. With state-of-the-art equipment and seasoned industry experts, helmet manufacturers and distributors can be confident that their helmets are held to the highest standard in quality and safety. 

Testing Services

  • DOT FMVSS No. 218 –Motorcycle Helmets
  • ECE 22.05 Protective Helmets for Driver and Passengers of Motor Cycles and Mopeds
  • CPSC 16 CFR Part 1203 Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets
  • EN 1077 – Helmets for Alpine Skiers and Snowboarders
  • EN 1078 – Helmets for Pedal Cyclists and for Users of Skateboards and Roller Skates
  • ASTM F1163 – Protective Headgear Used in Horse Sports and Horseback Riding
  • ASTM F1447 – Helmets Used in Recreational Bicycling or Roller Skating
  • ASTM F1492 – Helmets Used in Skateboarding and Trick Roller Skating
  • ASTM F1849 – Helmets Used in Short Track Speed Ice Skating (Not to Include Hockey)
  • ASTM F1952 – Helmets Used for Downhill Mountain Bicycle Racing
  • ASTM F2032 – Helmets Used for BMX Cycling
  • ASTM F2040 – Helmets Used for Recreational Snow Sports
  • AS/NZS 2063 – Helmets for use on Bicycles and Wheeled Recreational Devices
  • SFI 24.1 – Youth Full Face Helmets
  • SFI 31.1 – Flame Resistant Motorsports Helmets
  • SFI 41.1 – Motorsports Helmets
  • SFI 45.1 & 45.2 Impact Padding
  • A variety of R&D impact projects

Along with our partner lab CTT, ACT Lab’s toy testing programs can help you meet global regulatory compliance and provide you with confidence that your product is safe for children. In addition to testing to common global requirements, our services include certification, quality assurance, customized research and development products, and more.

Testing Services

  • ISO 8124 – Safety of Toys
  • IEC 62115 – Standard for Electric Toys
  • ASTM F 963 – Standard Specification for Toy Safety
  • ASTM F 2917 – Human Powered Bicycle Trailers
  • ASTM F 1975 – Non-powered Bicycle Trailers for Human Passengers
  • ANSI Z 315.1 – American National Standard for Tricycles
  • Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
  • CA Prop 65
  • USP 51 – Antimicrobial Effectiveness Test
  • USP 61 & 62 – Microbiological Examination of Nonsterile Products
  • 16 CFR 1505 – Requirements for Electrically Operated Toys
  • EN 71 – Safety of Toys
  • EN 62115 – Safety of Electric Toys
  • EN 14764 – Bicycles for Young Children
  • EN/ISO 8098 – Bicycles for Young Children
  • GB 14746-2006 – Safety Requirements for Bicycles for Young Children
  • GB 6675 – National Standards for Toys
  • GB 19865 – Safety of Electrical Toys
  • GB 24613 – Limits of Harmful Substances in Coating for Toys
  • GB/T 30400 – Safety and Hygiene Requirements of Filling Materials in Toys
  • GB/T 9832 – Sewed Plush and Cloth Toys
  • CCC Toy Certification

With the ever-changing government regulations and increased demand for high-quality textiles and apparel, thorough product testing is important now more than ever. ACT Lab and our partner lab CTT offer a variety of both mandatory and voluntary textile and apparel testing services to ensure your products meet both national standards and consumer expectations.

Testing Services

  • Fiber composition tests (qualitative & quantitative analysis)
  • Construction tests (fabric count, weight & thickness)
  • Flammability tests (children’s sleepwear, vinyl plastic film, etc.)
  • Strength & performance tests (tearing strength, pilling & abrasion resistance, etc.)
  • Dimensional stability and appearance after washing tests
  • Colorfastness
  • Garment accessory tests (zippers, children’s clothing drawstrings, sharp points, etc.)
  • Functional tests (water repellency, UV protection, antibacterial properties, oil resistance, etc.)
It is essential for an athlete’s gear to perform under stress. Leaders in the industry understand it is crucial for sporting goods manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and distributors to strive for the highest standards in quality and safety. Most popular brands comply with local and international regulations to ensure their products performance stays on par with an ever-changing competitive landscape.
The manufacturing of diverse consumer products is growing at an incredible rate. According to Forbes, in 2010, 250,000 products were launched with a failure rate of 85-95%. It is a known fact that a high percentage of these products did not go through proper standard and safety testing necessary to validate the viability of the product. Today we see more than a 10% increase of consumer product manufacturing since 2009. In an effort to address this growing demand, Act has created a flexible testing environment with diverse capabilities. All of our tests are custom designed and led by experienced and proven leaders in their fields.
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Chemical Testing

ACT offers a wide range of chemical testing services to help companies confirm their products meet a variety of safety requirements. Our team of chemical experts provide accurate and reliable testing services to ensure that your products adhere to a variety of standards and regulations and are safe for consumer use and the environment.

Testing Services

Lead is one of the primary chemicals (heavy metals) monitored worldwide as a banned toxic substance. Paints and substrates, metals, and non-metals on a myriad of products are all measured for concerns over high levels of lead. Children’s products in particular are required to undergo third-party testing through a company like ACT Lab.

Like lead, cadmium and mercury exposure may cause a variety of heath and reproductive issues at toxic levels in the human body. Both metals have been used as lead replacements in manufacturing over the years, but governments have now banned total and soluble concentrations of these heavy metals in order to protect the health of consumers.

In large amounts, heavy metals may become toxic to humans. Chemicals such as antimony, arsenic, barium, badmium, chromium, mercury, selenium, and lead are regulated under a variety of international toy and consumer product safety standards.

Phthalates are chemical plasticizers that are often used to make plastics softer and more pliable. Phthalates are heavily regulated or banned in many products, specifically toys and children’s products. It is the manufacturer’s obligation to ensure that any alternative plasticizer used be adequately tested by a third-party testing laboratory like ACT Lab to ensure that it does not pose a risk of injury under normal use or reasonably foreseeable misuse.

The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for upholding and protecting the safety and health of the United States’ general public. The FDA promotes standards regarding food, medications, medical devices, cosmetics, dietary supplements and tobacco. A manufacturer, seller or distributor is required to comply with FDA regulations and is recommended to work with third party testing facilities to ensure that all products meet the minimum standards and regulations.

Standards & Regulations

States, countries, and regions throughout the world regulate products and consumer safety in different ways. Some regions may require specific products be independently validated by a third-party accredited testing firm, like ACT Lab, while others allow “self validation.” ACT provides testing for most of the world’s common standards and regulations for a variety of products.

Testing Services

ASTM International
Formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials

International Organization for Standardization

Consumer Product Safety Comission

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/Department of Transportation

CA Prop 65
Formerly titled the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act

Guobiao Standards: Chinese national standards issued by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC)

China National Standards

European Committee for Standardization

United Nations Economic Comission for Europe

British Standards

Deutsches Institut für Normung: German National Organization for Standardization

Brazilian National Standards Organization

Japanese Standards Association

Japan Toy Association

Standards Australia

Standards New Zealand

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Auditing & Consultation

Developing safe products that adhere to regulatory requirements can be a daunting task. Our extended services can assist those seeking information about product safety requirements, product development, quality assurance, and help set testing and auditing plans to confirm products maintain a consistent level of quality and minimize long-term costs associated with errors.

Testing Services

Our services across strategy, engineering, technology, product safety, standards, and operations are differentiated in the market place and have enabled top consumer product companies to successfully achieve their business goals. ACT Lab will help you strategize and formulate new organizational approaches in response to internal and external influences. The product portfolio has to respond to social trends, consumer taste, environmental sustainability, rising emerging market economies, legislative pressures, and demographic disparity.

Successful R&D management helps to link business strategy with the company’s product portfolio. It takes into account the dynamics of new technologies and new possibilities they can provide to customers. The innovation process is a balance between engineering freedom and commercial feasibility.

Quality control is used to ensure a certain level of quality in a product or service and includes the thorough verification of certain characteristics of a product or service. It emphasizes on the testing of products to uncover defects and to ensure that products are dependable, satisfactory, safe and fiscally sound. Our goal is to ensure that products and services meet specific requirements and characteristics provided by the CPSC standards and regulations.

Our product testing plans can help you produce a product with a lower production cost, improve upon your current products performance, address safety issues within your product, and more. We lend support to a wide range of entrepreneurs and manufacturers looking to create better products in an effort to drive sales.

We provide a wide variety of testing services to ensure that all products comply with CPSC standards and regulations. Before we begin our testing services, we perform a thorough safety inspection to give clients an assessment of their product or service. We can deliver a detailed audit report with specifications as to which components comply with CPSC standards and which components require improvement. This safety inspection is crucial in delivering a final product to market as it can eliminate future costs in recalls and reduce liabilities associated with their products.
In addition to our general business consulting services, we offer recall guidance to safeguard against past product failures. In addition, we assist manufacturers, importers, retailers and others in the regulated community in understanding their responsibilities and what steps they should take when either the CPSC staff informs them, or they become aware of, a violation of CPSC statutes and regulations.