Solutions

QACS Labs provide testing solutions for the Cosmetics, Disinfectants, Pharma, & Food industries. New add-on laboratory testing services provide solutions for industry professionals, developers & manufacturers.

Always meeting regulatory requirements and the latest technical trends, the Lab has adopted swift & international business practices, making QACS your accredited laboratory testing partner.

Cosmetic testing

All packaging materials interact with the product in their containers. As a result, all consumer products must undergo specific testing procedures in accordance with the industry they belong to in order to ensure product safety and consumer protection. QACS cosmetic packaging testing services provides consumer safety & product compliance.

We detect inert, non-inert materials and all Container types including films, bottles and colored, non colored, printed and non printed materials. QACS array of cosmetic and personal care packaging testing includes Overall Migration, Specific Migration, NIAS Screening, Extractables and Leachables studies as well as a variety of Mechanical and Functional properties testing in order to maintain the product’s integrity.

In the process of cosmetic packaging testing, safety assessors are called to submit an array of Safety Reports and compliance documents. For Cosmetic Packaging testing to be conducted, the harmonized framework on all packaging materials (EC) No 1935/2004 on Food Contact Materials and EU No 10/2011 on plastic materials, examining Plastic articles Migration into food should be taken into account. The QACS packaging evaluation approach to improve cosmetic product safety is highly engaged with risk assessment and toxicology information.

Stability studies are also offered in the context of container and active formulation compatibility throughout product life cycles. Cosmetic Packaging Testing data is used in the stability testing process for risk assessment purposes. The above lead to a complete and thorough cosmetic report regarding packaging.

Substances or mixtures present in fragrances or cosmetic products from naturally derived ingredients, pose an allergen risk.  Allergic reactions such as contact dermatitis can induce skin sensitization. Cosmetics, toiletries and personal care products regardless of their market stage, must undergo allergen determination testing.

At QACS, our highly engaged chemists have expanded the number of allergens to be detected to 57. We are continuously providing an ever expanded list of allergen screening possibilities. Method of analysis stays in line with the existing regulatory framework of EC Reg 1223/2009, SCCS 1459 and ‘2012 Opinion’.

According to the European Cosmetic regulatory framework, EC 1223/2009 when labelling a cosmetic product, the fragrance substance should be mentioned as “aroma” or “perfume”. SCCNFP, the Scientific Committee on Cosmetics and Non-Food Products, identified 26 fragrance allergens for individual ingredient labelling if they were to be found present in cosmetic products. Labelling information should be further provided if allergen concentration exceeds 0.001% in leave on products and 0.1% in rinse off products. Based on the public consultation of the Commission, 62 additional contact allergens should be included in Annex III of 1223/2009. This regulatory change has had a widespread impact on  the cosmetic industry, consumers, retailers, national authorities and dermatologists. As a result of these regulations and in order to satisfy consumer awareness, Allergen determination in cosmetics and personal care products is necessary.

Make sure to stay ahead of competition, ensure consumer safety and satisfy consumer awareness by conducting allergen testing on all your cosmetic products. For more info regarding Fragrance Allergen Testing on cosmetics and personal care contact us – info@qacs.gr – 30 210 29 34745

QACS has 18 years of clinical efficacy testing experience and the latest molecular biology tools, to offer suitable clinical trials for your product microbiome claims in the form of customized microbiome protocols. Our dedicated team of dermatologists, microbiologists and molecular biologists offers a variety of options to address your product needs and budget.

We use classical microbiology and DNA identification via Sanger Sequencing of the isolates or Next Generation Sequencing according to the depth that you need to analyze your product in order to support claims. DNA Microlab, member of QACS:

  • designs the trial
  • finds suitable volunteers for your product
  • conducts sampling
  • performs Microbiological, Molecular, Physicochemical skin measurements during  trial
  • analyzes samples
  • interprets the results
  • provides a dossier to substantiate claims

Disinfectant testing

At QACS we assist you in reaching biocidal Regulatory compliance by offering Antimicrobial Efficacy Testing. Safety, effectiveness and efficacy of disinfectants, sanitizers, antiseptics and other biocides are evaluated using European, National and International standards.

All QACS antimicrobial efficacy testing methods are ISO/IEC 17025 accredited & GMP compliant. Labs follow EN14885 specification on antimicrobial activity products and perform Bactericidal, Fungicidal, Sporicidal, Handrub / Handwash, surgical Handrub Disinfection & Virucidal tests.

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QACS follows the 14885 accreditation scope and has 17 years of Antimicrobial Efficacy Testing experience. Biocides analysis is provided to support virucidal, bactericidal, fungicidal and antimicrobial claims. Auxiliary services include MT 46.3 CIPAC Stability, Method Validation, In Vitro testing and active substances quantification.

Pharma testing

At QACS we offer GMP certified N-nitrosamine testing to ensure pharmaceutical quality control. To protect drug production from Nitrosamine cross-contamination and Nitrosamine migration, QACS tests raw materials, recovered materials, packaging materials, API’s and final products. We also tests cross-contaminated samples. Equipped with substantial experience in the detection of Nitrosamine impurities we test Sartan molecules, Pioglitazone, Ranitidine, Esomeprazole, Metformin and other drug medicines.

We follow EDQM & FDA methodologies and evaluate the following Nitrosamine impurities:

  • NDMA: N-nitrosodimethylamine
  • NDEA:  N-nitrosodiethylamin
  • NMBA: N-nitroso-N-methylamino butyric acid
  • DIPNA: N-nitrosodiisopropylamine
  • EIPNA: N-nitrosoethylisopylamine
  • NDBA: N-nitrosodibutylamine

nitrosamines

A Sartan medicines recall brought N-nitrosamine testing to the forefront of drug product development. N-nitrosodimethylamine  NDMA and N-nitrosodiethylamine NDEA, both classified as probable human carcinogens, were not identified as impurities of Sartan API’s until June 2018 and therefore were not tested for up until that time. The higher yielding sodium azide/zinc chloride route in Dimethylformamide & the necessary quenching by sodium nitrite and its conversion to nitrous acid in the presence of secondary amines will yield N-nitrosamines in the manufacturing process, making Nitrosamine testing necessary.

Sartan medicines manufacturers and drug producers should review their manufacturing process according to strict EMA’s temporary limits. Afterwards, companies will have to show the absence of these impurities at quantifiable levels. While working towards the goal of non-quantifiable N-nitrosamine impurities, interim limits for NDMA and NDEA have been set in place according to the maximum daily intake of the specific Sartan in question. Products that contain either impurity above the limits of both impurities at any level will not be allowed in the European Union.

To assist companies during and after the 2-year transition period, QACS laboratory has heavily invested in state-of-the-art equipment to allow the detection of said impurities down to the LOD that will be enforced after the transition period (0.03ppm). QACS ensures safety and quality for pharmaceutical products with N-nitrosamine detection.

For more information for Nitrosamines testing  contact us – info@qacs.gr – 30 210 29 34745

Molecular testing solutions concern Genetic Analysis for quality control, Contaminant Detection and Microbiological Surveillance of finished products, air and surfaces. Molecular testing solutions from DNA Microlab deliver fast and accurate results to cover product testing needs. Pharmaceutical molecular testing includes Microbial Identification, Environmental monitoring, Rapid Pathogen detection. QACS Lab also provide Environmental Monitoring services. Contact us about your Environmental or Pharmaceutical projects needs here  – info@qacs.gr –  (30) 210 29 34745

Food-Feed testing

The lack of natural resources to meet increased demands for honey makes it one of the most fraudulent food products on the market. QACS laboratories  are ISO 17025 accredited and specialize in honey testing, to verify product Authenticity, protect consumer safety and support accurate product labeling by providing evidence on the botanical origin and quality features as instructed by the European norm 2001/110/EC. We offer:

    1. Quantitative and Qualitative Pollen analysis –accredited
    2. Determination of Diastase activity –accredited
    3. Sugars profile -Sucrose, Glucose, Maltose, Fructose
    4. HMF – Determination of Hydroxylmethylfurfural
    5. Conductivity
    6. Moisture
    7. Coumaphos-Fluvalinate
    8. Antibiotics

Pollen Analysis determines the complete profile of the pollen grains and the botanical origin of Honey. For retailers and producers who are specifically interested in certifying the thyme origin of honey, QACS offers the Thyme Pollen Analysis package.

Some sugars in honey are natural in origin while others are artificially added and decrease product quality. Honey analysis also provides information on possible product degradation due to storage conditions (HMF). QACS laboratories have a state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure, experienced staff and modern analytical equipment to confirm Food Authenticity and Honey quality.

In today’s globalized marketplace food authenticity is crucial in order to protect the consumers & the food industry from fraudulent food practices that undermine consumer confidence and hinder healthy trade.

Molecular techniques have the advantage of high sensitivity and specificity and are preferred for processed products. Affordable, reliable and sensitive molecular tools for authentication lead to the most effective and accurate control of authenticity claims by reducing food fraud in Greece and increasing Greek food exports.

QACS Food Authenticity testing services include:

  • Animal Species Identification
  • DNA Barcoding
  • Organism Profiling
  • Rapid Pathogen Detection
  • GMO testing

We also provide Multispectral Imaging solutions to reveal information on composition, texture, quality and safety information.

Founded in 1925 in the city of Piraeus, ERGANAL is the oldest private food analysis laboratory in the country. It offers a full range of food testing services for food, beverages, packaging and environmental samples. The quality system of the laboratory is accredited according to ISO 17025. It participates in research programs and collaborates with international research and analytical laboratories. In 2015, ERGANAL merged with QACS creating the largest Greek analysis laboratory.

ERGANAL  provides QA, QC laboratory testing services for Foodstuffs & food Packaging materials. Served industries involve Food & Beverages, Feed & Crops, Water & Wastewater, Environmental & Industrial.

 

Contact info@erganal.gr

What makes us one of the most active laboratories in Food Packaging migration is  the accreditation with 7 extensions of our certificate (195-7). Our Laboratories meet the requirements of the new version of the standard 17025: 2017 for documentation of impartiality and integrity. Each extension includes new techniques and trends in the quality system such as Chemical Disinfectants & Antiseptics, Materials in Contact with Foodstuffs and Biological Molecular Testing (GMOs).

QACS Labs perform packaging testing  for food according to relevant National, European and Global regulations. We test: Active and Intelligent materials and articles, Adhesives, Ceramics / Glass, Metal and alloys, Paper and board, Plastics, Regenerated cellulose, Rubbers, Silicones, Varnishes and coatings etc. Heavy metal testing, Sensory analysis, Mechanical & physical tests are also included in Packaging testing services for Food & materials.

Plastic: QACS Lab provides Overall migration testing based on EN 1186 standards with accreditation by ESYD making our labs your testing partner.

What makes us one of the most active laboratories in GMO Testing  is  the accreditation with 7 extensions of our certificate (195-7). Our Laboratories meet the requirements of the new version of the standard 17025: 2017 for documentation of impartiality and integrity. Each extension includes new techniques and trends in the quality system such as Chemical Disinfectants & Antiseptics, Materials in Contact with Foodstuffs and Biological Molecular Testing (GMOs).

Labs support solutions for Feed & Food, Seeds and Crops. Accredited GMO testing services are offered for Soya, Cotton, Maize.