BLC Leather Technology

Chemical Testing

Fast Chemical Testing at BLC - results within 3-5 working days

Chemical testing of substances in leather is a specialist task due to the complex nature of the substrate. Only a chemical testing laboratory with a comprehensive understanding of leather and restricted chemical testing can provide this support.

BLC is a specialist chemical testing laboratory with considerable expertise in dealing with the complex nature of leather and related substances.  We are in a unique position with 90 years experience of leather and related products to identify the compounds that are likely to be present in materials tested where they may originate and the likelihood of false positive results.

We can provide chemical testing for a whole range of products including footwear, bags, belts, jewellery, accessories etc.

Whilst many testing laboratories are only able to supply simple pass/fail test reports; BLC is able to offer additional support and advice immediately upon report of a sample failure.  In addition our experience of different material testing means that we ensure the appropriate test methods are used at all times.

BLC is aware of the compounds that should be avoided, along with the appropriate limits and test methods.  BLC is one of the fastest testing laboratories in Europe and can provide chemical testing results within 3-5 days working days.


The key chemical tests for restricted substances that could be found in leather are:

With many businesses now sourcing from the global market place, it is more difficult to have regular contact with suppliers to ensure that restricted substances are not being used.  The operation of an effective due diligence process is important to ensure that products are safe.  BLC offers a complete quality and risk management package for retailers and brands that will address all aspects of product sourcing, and sale.

The only way to ensure consistent quality and performance for products is to set realistic specifications that are coupled with a sensible and balanced testing regime.  The chemical testing regime must ensure that the critical substances are monitored without this process being financially onerous for the supplier.  BLC can ensure that all chemical testing will be in line with current legislation and industry standards.

Please click here to download a copy of our sample submission form.

Please click here to view our technical notes for chemical analysis.


BLC can help with all of your chemical testing needs. For further details of our chemical testing contact or +44 (0) 1604 679999.

Click here for the terms and conditions for the testing services

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