Solutions

QACS laboratory testing services concern Food & Feed, Cosmetics, Pharmaceutical, Packaging & Biocidal industries. Laboratory solutions are provided in accordance with current regulations and contemporary methods.

Always interested in and influenced by technical trends and regulatory requirements, we have risen to the challenge, adopting reliable international business practices, to make QACS, your accredited laboratory testing partner. New add-on laboratory testing services provide solutions to industry professionals & manufacturers.

Cosmetics

All kinds of packaging materials have an interaction with the product contained therein. As a result, all consumer products should undergo specific testing procedures, according to the industry they belong to, in order to ensure product safety and consumer protection. The same applies for cosmetic products which should follow mandatory testing related to packaging analysis. Cosmetic Packaging testing follows Food, Cosmetic, Pharma regulations and substances specification limits. More specifically Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004, Regulation (EC) No 10/2011 and pharmaceutical guidelines, all address cosmetic packaging testing. Regulations indicate necessary testing to be conducted, adequate simulants to be used, substances to be quantified and analytical studies to be applied in order to ensure product and container compatibility.

In the procedure 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. QACS packaging evaluation approach to improve cosmetic product safety is highly engaged with risk assessment and toxicology information.

Chemical substances migrating from packaging are highly diverse and depend on the packaging material type. Both inert (ceramic, glass) and non-inert materials (paper and cardboard, plastics, rubber, silicone, regenerated cellulose, metals & alloys, bamboo, recycled, active & intelligent and flexible) are to be tested. We also detect 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 variety of Mechanical and Functional properties testing in order to maintain product’s integrity.

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

Fragrance allergens are substances or mixtures, found in fragrances or cosmetic products containing natural derived ingredients. These ingredients may trigger allergy reactions such as allergic contact dermatitis and pose a high risk of consumer sensitization. Cosmetics, toiletries and personal care products, regardless of their market stage, must undergo an allergen determination.

At QACS, our highly engaged chemical team has expanded the number of allergens to be detected to 57. We continuously keep on researching to provide an even more expanded list of allergen screening possibilities. Our method of analysis is achieved via Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectometry, GC-MS and 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”. SCCSNFP, 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 allergens concentration exceeds 0.001% in leave on products and 0.1% in rinse off products. Additionally, based on the public consultation of the Commission, 62 additional contact allergens should be included in Annex III of 1223/2009. This regulatory swift has a widespread impact affecting the cosmetic industry, consumers, retailers, national authorities and dermatologists.

As a result of these discussions and in order to increase consumer awareness, Allergen determination in cosmetics and personal care products is necessary.

Make sure to stay ahead of competition, ensure consumer safety and conduct allergen testing on your cosmetic product. For more info regarding Fragrance Allergen Testing on cosmetics and personal care contact us via our contact form, send us an email at info@qacs.gr or give us a call at (+30) 210

QACS Lab Clinical Efficacy Testing services

Food-Feed

Through honey testing, Authenticity is verified, quality characteristics are evaluated, botanical origin is determined and residues of substances such as acaricides and antibiotics are detected. The ISO 17025 accredited food testing laboratory of QACS, offers the basic honey analysis package (Diastase activity, Conductivity, HMF, Moisture and Sugar Content) to detect the basic quality characteristics of the product. Additionally, other related honey analyses are being offered.

  1. Pollen analysis –accredited
  2. 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 thyme origin of honey, QACS offers the solution of Thyme Pollen Analysis package.

The inability of natural resources to meet increased demand makes honey one of the most adulterated foods on the market. QACS laboratories specialize in honey testing, to verify Authenticity, protect consumer safety and support accurate product labeling, by providing evidence on the botanical origin and quality features as following the European norm 2001/110/EC.

The most common forms of for honey authenticity deterioration are closely related to the origin of sugars-accredited. Some sugars in honey come from the natural process, others are added to the honey afterwards. Honey analysis also provides information on possible product degradation due to storage conditions (HMF).

QACS laboratories have state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure, experienced staff and modern analytical equipment to confirm Food Authenticity and Honey quality. When required, collaborations are developed to intersect the results with different specialized analytical techniques.

In today’s globalized marketplace, food authenticity is crucial to protecting the interests of both consumers and the food industry, as fraudulent food practices undermine consumer confidence and hinder healthy trade. Products in which the authenticity of raw materials is of particular importance, in the meat industry and its products, in fish (according to a UN report 16-75% of fish reaching the consumer has the wrong label), in herbs (20-75 % forgery) etc.

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 by reducing food fraud in Greece and enhancing Greek food exports.

Labs Detection & Quantification testing services concern are:

Real Hypersensitive Real Time PCR protocols, with the aim of reliably identifying meat of different animal origin in meat mixtures (meat in general, beef, pork, lamb, goat, turkey, chicken).

All/partial detection of  lower value products is achieved via DNA Barcoding. Α seal of authenticity ensures absence of food fraud. e.g. food: the fish fillet is of the type that has been ordered and not some other of lower value, or cosmetics: verification that there is the ordered supply substance is present.

Authenticity testing. In mixtures of species e.g. minced meat or composite finished products e.g. pies or pizza, an innovative methodology with high sensitivity and specialization, called NGS (Next-generation sequencing) allows for the detection of all organisms contained in a sample, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Rapid multispectral imaging services for texture, texture, quality, safety: services for texture, texture, quality, safety: A “photograph” is taken through a multispectral analyzer at 18 wavelengths of the sample and details are revealed that the naked eye does not capture. Used to identify meat and control adulteration, both in meat and in mixtures.

ERGANAL is the oldest private food analysis laboratory, founded in 1925 in the city of Piraeus. It offers a full range of analyzes on 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 it 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

We are one of the most active laboratories in the evolution of accreditation with 7 extensions of our certificate (195-7). From the first laboratories that adapted to 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).

We are one of the most active laboratories in the evolution of accreditation with 7 extensions of our certificate (195-7). From the first laboratories that adapted to 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.

Erganal – Food and Environment Testing Lab, part of QACS – The Challenge Test laboratory, provide molecular testing solutions for Quality Control, Contaminant Detection and Microbiological Surveillance of finished products, air and surfaces using microbial identification via DNA analysis, the most accurate and reliable method of identification today.

Disinfectants

We are one of the most active laboratories in the evolution of accreditation with 7 extensions of our certificate (195-7). From the first laboratories that adapted to 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).

Antimicrobial Efficacy Testing services include Quantitative suspension tests, Quantitative carrier test, tests on non-porous surfaces, Evaluation of Hygienic Handwash efficacy, Evaluation of Hygienic Handrub efficacy, Evaluation of surgical hand disinfection efficacy.

Pharma

A Sartan medicines recall brought N-nitrosamine testing in 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 up until June 2018 and therefore they were not tested for. Spotlight has shined on the manufacturing process suggesting that the higher yielding sodium azide/zinc chloride route in Dimethylformamide and the necessasry quenching by sodium nitrite and its conversion to nitrous acid in the presence of secondary amines will yield N-nitrosamines. Since testing began, the majority of Sartan medicines were either not found to contain N-nitrosamine impurities or were present at very low levels.

Sartan medicines manufacturers and drug producers should review their manufacturing process according to strict EMA’s temporary limits. Afterwards companies will have to demonstrate absence of these impurities in quantifiable levels.  To assist companies during and after the 2-year transition period, QACS laboratory has invested heavily 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).

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. .

At QACS we offer GMP certified N-nitrosamine testing to ensure pharmaceutical quality. We test Final products, Raw materials, API’s & Waters. 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

Drug production can be endangered by mutagenic nitrosamine properties deriving from Nitrosamine cross-contamination and Nitrosamine migration. At QACS we test raw materials, recovered materials, packaging materials, API’s, final products. We also tests cross-contaminated samples.

QACS ensures safety and quality in pharmaceutical products with N-nitrosamine detection. For more information for Nitrosamines testing contact us here at info@qacs.gr or give us a call at + (30) 210 29 34745

Pharmaceutical molecular testing includes Microbial Identification, Environmental monitoring, Rapid Pathogen detection.

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.

QACS Lab provide also Environmental Monitoring services

Tell us about your Environmental or Pharmaceutical projects by  contacting us hereemail info@qacs.gr or give a call at + (30) 210 29 34745

Packaging Migration/Compatibility testing

Packaging testing services ensure regulatory compliance and product safety. QACS’s analytical techniques are adopted to packaging material specifications and serve the most important packaging quality, the preservation of the cosmetic formula.

We detect inert (ceramic, glass, steel) and non-inert materials (paper and cardboard, plastics, rubber, silicones, regenerated cellulose, metals, alloys, bamboo, recycled, active, intelligent and flexible) for all packaging typescoating types and all container types including films, bottles and bags.

Migrant detection outside the packaging such as colored, noncolored, printed and nonprinted materials is provided.

Food Contact Materials (FCMs) are widely used in everyday life as food packaging and wrapping, cookware, cutlety, food containers etc.  Consumer & food safety is achieved with a range of packaging testing services for materials, food and food packagings. QACS Labs perform packaging testing  for food according to relevant nation, 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 based on EN 1186 standards with accreditation by ESYD making our labs your testing partner for the migration tests.