SGS launches new EDANA NWSP 360.0 method for chemical testing in AHPs

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
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
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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About SGS

is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification
company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity.
With more than 89,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices
and laboratories around the world.

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