What is lead?

Lead is a heavy metal. Lead compounds are used as a pigment in paints, dyes, and ceramic glazes to provide bright and vibrant colours and to provide increased durability.

Lead stabilizers are sometimes added to PVC compounds to prevent degradation from heat and light, and to improve processing properties.


What is lead testing?

Lead testing allows you to see how much lead content is in a product. Eurofins | BLC can carry out lead testing in a large range of substrates including leather, textile, metal, synthetics, glass, plastic, and rubber.


Why test for lead in your products?

Lead is a highly toxic substance, exposure to which can produce a wide range of adverse health effects.

Lead and lead compounds are reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens based on evidence of carcinogenicity from stud­ies in humans and sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in experimental animals.


Lead is covered under many EU and International legislations including:

  • REACH, California Proposition 65
  • Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH)
  • Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
  • Toy Safety Directive (TSD)
  • China GB Standards and RoHS regulations


Information and advice about the legislation related to lead are available free to all Eurofins | BLC Members.


Eurofins | BLC Membership Benefits

How long does lead testing take?    


Turnaround Time



5 working days



3 working days

£Quotation + 50%


Eurofins | BLC Chemical Testing & Analysis

Chemical testing and analysis are conducted at Eurofins | BLC's internationally accredited chemical testing laboratory based in the UK, which is accredited by UKAS (0076), ILAC and CPSC (1049) for BS, EN and ISO standards, including ISO 17025. 

At Eurofins | BLC, we offer one of the fastest chemical testing turnaround times in Europe, with faster lead-time options available on selected routine chemical testing.

Below is a list of our most popular chemical tests:


Please read our testing terms and conditions.


Lead testing at Eurofins | BLC

There are a number of different test methods for lead content, dependent on for which legislation you are testing. There are, essentially, two principles of testing: Total Content and Extractable Content:


Total Content

Samples are ground/cut and placed in acid, and then microwave digested followed by ICP-MS analysis. Looks for the total content of heavy metals.


Extractable Content

Looks for the heavy metals which are mobile within the product through extraction either in sweat or acid solution followed by ICP-MS analysis.

Eurofins | BLC Provide Leading Chemical Testing Services for Consumer Products

At Eurofins | BLC, chemical testing is carried out in an internationally accredited testing laboratory, which holds accreditations from UKAS (0076), CPSC (1049) and ILAC.

Eurofins | BLC are proud to work with a wide variety of organisations around the world from chemical companies and product manufacturers to brands and retailers, testing a diverse range of consumer products. Customers of Eurofins | BLC benefit from fast testing turnaround times and one of the highest levels of customer service in the industry.

To ensure that Eurofins | BLC delivers some of the most accurate results in the industry, we regularly participate in proficiency testing programmes


For chemical testing services, Eurofins | BLC provide:

  • Chemical testing at an internationally accredited testing laboratory in the UK
  • Competitive pricing
  • Fast chemical testing turnaround times - most test results available within 4-5 days working days
  • Both the testing and the understanding of the results provided
  • In the event of a failure, our chemical specialists can talk you through the results and provide recommendations for improvement
  • A comprehensive and easy to understand test report
  • Technical back up and support from chemical testing experts
  • Chemical compliance and product safety training courses for your staff


Become a Eurofins | BLC Member and access:

  • Discounted chemical testing prices
  • Access to advanced chemical support through Eurofins | BLC's technical concierge service


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Our Accreditations

Eurofins | BLC holds accreditations from UKAS and CPSC and has auditors approved to carry out LWG audits. Trust Eurofins | BLC to deliver some of the most accurate test results in the industry.

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