About Bureau Veritas Certest

Testing Laboratory, Inspections, Audits & Consultancy Services
Providing expert quality assurance services to the Fashion & Luxury worlds


Founded in 2004 and located in the tannery district of Ponte A Egola in San Miniato (Tuscany), Bureau Veritas Certest offers Testing, Inspections, Audits & Consultancy Services to the Fashion and Luxury markets in Italy and worldwide.

Equipped with modern equipment, with a surface of 900 sqm and with a team of high skilled employees, our accredited laboratory can perform physical and chemical testing and analyses to assess the safety, compliance and quality of leather goods, footwear, fashion accessories, trims and apparel, to international and national regulations and to clients’ specifications.

We have established a solid technical reputation over the years and are proud to be partnering with an impressive portfolio of major luxury and fashion brands who appreciate our problem-solving and consultative approach.

What sets Bureau Veritas Certest apart is the experience and expertise of our consultants and operational teams, and a deep understanding of our clients. We “speak the same language as our customers” and we recognise that companies involved within the fashion and luxury industries require excellence and flexibility of service delivery.

We joined the Bureau Veritas Group, a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) services, in December 2015 to further our global reach and extend our capabilities. This milestone allows an enhanced support to our clients in Italy and globally with a complete range of quality assurance services, now including inspections, audits and consultancy.

Part of Bureau Veritas

From 01st December 2015 Certest is part of the Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Service Division, to provide:

  • World testing services as requested by International Brands
  • Inspections and audits to Brands and supply chain
  • A worldwide updating on standard, legislation, market inspections etc
  • Other services

Bureau Veritas' press release can be found at this link.


PERFORMANCE AND CHEMICAL LABORATORIES

Leathergoods, Footwear, Accessories and Apparel

Bureau Veritas Certest laboratory offers a service of drafting and editing Quality technical performance and compliance sheets / standards personalized by the Client business needs and by Clients’ product and sales as:


Standard

Performance Standard document (with physical-mechanical, colour fastness, ageing Analysis) divided by raw material and by category of surface finishing

Compliance

Compliance Standard document (with Chemical Analysis) on the base of raw material and category of surface finishing

RSL

RSL document with the updated List of worldwide Restricted Substances for each product/raw material, identifying a maximum agreed limit for the Client depending on the product end use (i.e. shoes for infant, leathergoods for adult…)

Bureau Veritas Certest also provides an accurate service of technical assistance to comment laboratory results and to assist in solving production problems highlighted by the tests carried out.



ACCREDITATIONS

ACCREDIA-ILAC – UNI EN ISO/IEC 17025
Bureau Veritas Certest is accredited by ACCREDIA (accreditation lab number 1480) and recognized at International level with EA, IAF ed ILAC.


CPSC METHODS
Bureau Veritas Certest is accredited by the CPSC American Commission (accreditation lab number 1541), to perform analyses recognized by the American Commissions to import goods in the United States (e.g.  according to the Proposition 65 Regulation); for further details and updated list of accredited trials please refer to the specific page on the Official CPSC website, through this link.


CHINA STANDARDS – ILAC (GB, QB/T)
Bureau Veritas Certest, in Partnership with Bureau Veritas Chinese Laboratories, is able to release all Test Reports recognized by the Chinese authorities, both at customs and national market level, by the release of CNAS, CMA + CAL reports (2C and/or 3C reports).

OTHER ACCREDITATIONS
Thanks to the Worldwide Partnership with Bureau Veritas, Bureau Veritas Certest is able to assist and provide complete services according to the existing different International legislations and warranting various different accreditations.

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Accreditation certificate download List of Accredited Tests (Vers.2 - 18th September 2015)

INNOVATION AND RELIABILITY

Bureau Veritas Certest srl is an Accredited Company, continuously investing in Innovation and Development, by the acquisition of new technologies and constant training of qualified personnel.
Tests can be executed according to different official Methods (UNI, EN, ISO, GB, GB/T, QB/T, CPSC, BS, JIS, DIN…), thanks to the continuous update of the technical and legislative evolutions (both at national and international level) or specific methods/procedures as required by Customers, to help the development phase and setting up the production control of raw materials/finished products.
All the above services are completed by a professional customized consulting service, accuracy and on-time answers, including personalized assistance in our Premises.

eLims portal

For our Customers, an advanced web portal with e-commerce services.


Enter on eLims portal

CONSULTING

Download of Advance Reports (for the evaluation of in progress results, to be still certified by Laboratory Manager), Test Reports and their archive.

PRE-REGISTRATION

Possibility to pre-register sample with related description and Test Package selection.

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ONLINE&ON-TIME

Data on-Line section lists all the information regarding previous and live updates of on-going tests.

EXPORT DATA

Possibility to export data (of all or selected samples) in Excel sheets, allowing to elaborate proper statistics.

INSPECTION, AUDIT, FACTORY ASSESSMENT (IAAS)

With the Bureau Veritas joining, we have now implemented the capability to perform Inspections, Factory Evaluations and Audits in Italy and/or Globally.


INSPECTION

Bureau Veritas in able to provide Inspection services such as:
Validating the products being shipped meet the requirements of the market and buyer, Inspection involves verifying on-site that a product meets specified criteria. It covers a wide range of services designed to reduce risk, control quality and verify quantity and meet regulatory requirements.

Bureau Veritas’ inspection services provide our clients with confidence that their products, processes and installations comply with international and local regulations, voluntary standards and their own requirements.

Our independent third-party inspection services cover all aspects of quality.
We carry out inspections prior to shipment, minimizing the risk of defective products and safeguarding the reputation of manufacturers and retailers.

FACTORY EVALUATION

Bureau Veritas is able to provide services such as:
Capability and capacity assessments, technical factory assessment, Mold Prevention Assessment.

A factory assessment audits the production capability and performance of a factory against proven quality principles. As such, the key criteria assessed are policies, procedures and records that would indicate the factory’s ability to deliver consistent quality management over time, rather than at one given time or only for certain products. Core areas and processes addressed by a factory assessment include:

  1. Quality Management System
  2. Good Manufacturing Practice (Factory Environment Standards)
  3. Product Control
  4. Process Control
  5. Personnel


AUDIT

Bureau Veritas is able to perform Audits which allow to:

Bureau Veritas provides a range of auditing services to support businesses in quality, health and safety, social compliance and environmental management.

Bureau Veritas auditors can confirm compliance, for example with workplace health & safety regulations.
Regular audits can be used as a tool for continuous improvement, or to drive change throughout the business. Our supplier and network auditing programs, for example, help businesses ensure their suppliers adhere to specific quality and social standards and processes.

Bureau Veritas

Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas (http://www.bureauveritas.com/) is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), delivering high quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

As a trusted partner, Bureau Veritas offers innovative solutions that go beyond simple compliance with regulations and standards, reducing risk, improving performance and promoting sustainable development.

Bureau Veritas core values include integrity and ethics, impartial counsel and validation, customer focus and safety at work.

Bureau Veritas is recognised and accredited by major national and international organisations.

Bureau Veritas can offer a full range of services – from inspection and audit through to testing and analysis and certification. We seek to offer the very best solution in each category, through the 8 Global Businesses: