PAH Testing Services

PAH Testing Services (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons)

Eurofins | BLC offers PAH testing of products and materials in our UK based laboratory to the following standard:

  • AfPS GS 2019-01 PAK

What are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons?

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of over 100 different chemicals that are formed during the incomplete burning of coal, oil and gas, waste, and other organic substances. These substances readily evaporate into the air from soil or surface water, breaking down through reaction with sunlight and other chemicals in the air.

Furthermore, PAHs can enter the water through discharges from industrial and water treatment plants, however, most PAHs do not dissolve easily in water and therefore they bind to solid particles and settle at the bottom of lakes or rivers.

The risks and why you need to test

PAHs, which are known for their carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic properties, can be found in leather, rubber, plastics, lubricants, paints, and other products. As a result of this, EU REACH Annex XVII has placed a restriction on the use of 8 PAHs in certain products and concentration limits have been applied. Furthermore, the US EPA has restricted the use of a total of 18 PAHs in consumer goods.

PAH testing minimises the risks that this restricted substance poses to the environment and people within your supply chain, which in turn helps to preserve brand reputation for manufacturers and retailers.

Why choose Eurofins | BLC to for your PAH testing services?

  • One of the fastest testing laboratories in Europe
  • Experts in chemical testing and compliance – over 100 years of experience
  • Technical support and guidance if and when failures occur
  • Solutions to cleanse and reduce toxic chemicals from your supply chain
  • Expert advice and solutions on legislation and supply chain compliance