Manage restricted substances.

Testing programs should:

  • Align quality with target group expectations
  • Fulfill legal requirements
  • Fit your budget AND your appetite for risk
  • Leverage existing certifications

One size does not fit all products or suppliers.

Hohenstein Strategic Product Testing

Our global experts develop testing plans based on specific product needs and supply chain risk.

Spot checking is often enough for low risk products from trustworthy suppliers. Testing should increase on high risk products and suppliers.

Smart testing plans adjust intensity accordingly.

Tests for Harmful Substances

We test to several RSLs/MRSLs, including:

Requirements & Laws

  • Proprietary RSLs/MRSLs - (individual/independent)
    Testing textiles, leather, chemicals, accessories, trims, finished goods, wastewater, etc. to restricted substance lists/manufacturing restricted substance lists
  • CPSIA - CPSC - (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act - Consumer Protection Safety Commission)
    Accredited testing lab for compliance with the U.S. regulations for lead, phthalates, toy safety, products for infants and toddlers and other product safety measures
  • Prop 65 (California Proposition 65 - Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986)
    Testing services for legal and warning requirements around exposure to chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects and other harms
  • REACH - ECA - (European Chemicals Agency)
    Testing for compliance with EU regulations that aim to protect consumers through increased testing for SVHCs (substances of very high concern) and labeling requirements in CLP (classification, labeling and packaging)
  • Green Button - BMZ (Grüner Knopf - German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development)
    Accredited certification body for sustainably manufactured textiles in line with due diligence obligations, including the MRSL

Industry Initiatives & Certifications

  • AAFA RSL (American Apparel & Footwear Association)
    Testing for alignment to this list of regulated, restricted or banned chemicals that are related to finished home textile, apparel and footwear products
  • AFIRM RSL (Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management)
    Testing for substances limited by this industry working group, which assists supply chain participants seeking to increase product quality and safety or reduce their environmental impact
  • ZDHC MRSL (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals)
    Conformance screening and testing of chemicals or wastewater for substances banned from use in processing textile materials, leather, rubber, foam, adhesives and trims in textiles, apparel, and footwear
    Pre-testing for certification or testing plans that consider pre-certified inputs
  • GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)
    Pre-testing for prohibited and restricted substances

Global Chemical Testing Labs

Consistent high standards across all our laboratories.


Schlosssteige 1
74357 Bönningheim
+49 7143 271-898


GK Tower, Plot No-33
Udyog Vihar, Phase - IV
Gurugram, Haryana 12215
+91 124 6438 500


122/1 Love Road Tejgaon
Industrial Area Dhaka 1208
+880 9611 004 102

Hong Kong

Units 101 - 106, 1/F, Biotech Centre 1
No. 9, Science Park West Avenue
Hong Kong Science Park Shatin
Hong Kong
+852 3191 5800

Beyond Compliance

Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Institute America