When it comes for quality standards for the apparel goods, physical properties of the fabrics, trims and accessories; presence of restricted chemicals in garments, goods must be tested from reputed testing labs. The test requirements vary according to the sourcing countries and product category. According to testing standards given by buyers garment and fabric exporters send samples to the buyer approved testing labs. Mostly known and buyers approved testing labs are listed in the following.
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. This company operates a network of more than 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.
Core services provided by SGS include:
- Inspection: Inspection and verification services, such as checking the condition and weight of traded goods at transshipment to control quantity and quality, and meet all relevant regulatory requirements across different regions and markets
- Testing: Testing is done to reduce risks, shorten time to market and test the quality, safety and performance of your products against relevant health, safety and regulatory standards.
- Certification: SGS also provide certification on products, processes, systems or services that are compliant with either national or international standards and regulations or customer defined standards.
Intertek helps customers to assess their products and commodities against a wide range of safety, regulatory, quality and performance standards.
Core services provided by Intertek include testing, certification, auditing, safety, quality assurance, inspection, evaluation, analytical, advisory, training, outsourcing, risk management, and security services. Testing covers a wide range of products such as textiles, apparels, soft home furnishings, leather, leather goods and luggage. Company works with 300 plus global retailers and brands.3. Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas Group has consistently built recognized expertise, helping clients comply with standards and regulations relating to Quality, Health & Safety, Environment and Social Responsibility.
Services provided by Bureau Veritas include inspection, testing, auditing, certification, ship classification and related technical assistance, training and outsourcing. When appropriate, Bureau Veritas also provides advisory services.
Large and small organizations, whether private or public, can rely on Bureau Veritas to support them in protecting their respective brands, assets and business. We play a key role in both risk management and performance improvement.
4. TUV India Private Limited
TUV India Private Limited was established in 1989 as part of the German RWTÜV group's Indian operations. Being one of the first Certification Bodies to start operations in India, TUV India has been closely associated with the quality revolution in India. Starting with some of the earliest ISO 9001 audits by any certification body in India, TUV India, along with its parent group and CII, also organized some of the first Lead Assessor programs for capacity building in India.
With a presence in over 30 locations across India, TUV India offers a comprehensive & diverse range of technical services to its large clientele.TUV India Pvt. Ltd. provides diverse services in Management Systems - Quality, Environment, Safety, Food, Information Technology, and Social accountability, Training in allied areas like Lead Auditor, Internal Auditor & Awareness Courses, Third Party Inspection, CDM & other Carbon and Energy services, Laboratory Testing (Analytical) services, PED/ASME certification, Product Certification (CE, GS marking ), Automotive Homologation, Six Sigma, CMMI etc.