EU standards are complicated.
Luckily, we know a thing or two about them.
Procuring goods from China is an attractive way of minimising manufacturing costs but unfortunately also involves risks. The most important issues at stake are product safety and reputational damage due to the wrong choice of materials or even substances which can be hazardous to health.
Experience has shown that it is therefore also advisable to have each of the supplier’s declarations of conformity checked and hence verified to ensure reliability. It is worth having this check carried out not only to ensure product safety and prevent reputational damage but also to ensure that all due diligence as stipulated by lawmakers is exercised.
There is a wide range of different EU standards in existence.
The production of spectacle frames is a prime example of where this is the case. The standard tests required here are described in the following standards
> ISO 12870 for corrective spectacles,
> ISO 12312-1 for sunglasses, and
> EN 16128 for nickel release.
They must be and are carried out by us at a specially equipped testing laboratory. The results are documented in detailed test reports and then sent to the customer in accordance with applicable rules and regulations.
In addition, it is also advisable for the reliability of supplied goods to be checked at regular intervals, something which is not required as such by the aforementioned standards. The aim is to conduct a very realistic test of the quality criteria which will subsequently determine a product’s rate of acceptance or rejection.
LGTI therefore also offers reliability tests during which paint adhesion, corrosion resistance, ductility and stability are specifically put to the test. These results are also documented in reports and sent to the customer.