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Interlaboratory comparison measurements for the assessment of organic emissions according to Volkswagen Group standards

During spring/summer of 2021 ITC laboratory took a part in round robin comparison for emission tests of car interior materials according to Volkswagen standards, namely fogging, organic carbon emission and odour test acc. PV 3015, PV 3900 and PV 3341.


The round robin test was organised by German institute DRRR (Deutsches Referenzbüro für Ringversuche und Referenz¬materialien). Laboratory of ITC had performed very well in this comparison, with “great success” in all tested parameters.



For emission tests of car interior materials you can contact Dip. Ing. Jitka Bakalova, jbakalova@itczlin.cz, +420 577 601 453


Information on emission behavior tests according to the VW Group's VW 50180 standard for car interior parts

 


Relocation of part of ATL 1004 - Physical Laboratory from the Central Laboratories of Louky Zlín to the workplace in the Svit 113th building

Dear clients. As of 09.11.2020, part of ATL 1004 - Physical Laboratory was completely relocated from the central laboratories of Louky Zlín to the ITC workplace in the Svit 113th building, Zlín. The original telephone numbers will be valid until 31.12.2020. At the same time, new telephone numbers will be launched next week, which will be published on the ITC website in the Contacts section. Now please contact specific employee of the physical testing laboratory by e-mail, mobile phone number, or you can contact Mrs. Jarmila Vyorálkova from the secretariat of the Physical Laboratory by phone +420 572 779 989 or e-mail jvyoralkova@itczlin.cz. Thank you for your understanding.


COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2020/1245 of 2nd September 2020 amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food entered into force on 23rd September 2020

This regulation has significantly changed the scope of evaluation of elements and primary aromatic amines and the way of evaluation of articles for repeated use – HERE you can find more information. ITC labs are already prepared to test and evaluate the articles according to new rules.

 

Contact:
Mrs. Sarka Kopeckova, skopeckova@itczlin.cz,
tel: +420 577 601 705

Mr. Daniel Vit, dvit@itczlin.cz,
tel. +420 577 601 704

MORE INFORMATION


new X-ray fluorescence spectrometer RIGAKU NEX DE VS

The ITC Zlín laboratories put into operation a new X-ray fluorescence spectrometer RIGAKU NEX DE VS.

The instrument is designed for elemental analysis in solid and liquid matrices in the sodium-uranium range and is used mainly for the prove of the presence of heavy metals in products.

Heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury and similar, are limited by various legislations, such as REACH, RoHS (electrical products), as well as these elements are limited in food contact products and toys.

The new spectrometer replaced old spectrometer Oxford Instruments ED2000Ag from 1998, which served a respectable 22 years.

For requirements for element analyses, such as RoHS, defectoscopy, alloy analyzes, etc. please feel free to contact us

Contact:
Ing. David Grebeníček, dgrebenicek@itczlin.cz,
tel: +420 577 601 281

Ing. Alena Matelová, PhD., amatelova@itczlin.cz,
tel. +420 577 601 453.


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// 31.8.2021
Interlaboratory comparison measurements for the assessment of organic emissions according to Volkswagen Group standards


During spring/summer of 2021 ITC laboratory took a part in round robin comparison for emission tests of car interior materials according to Volkswagen standards, namely fogging, organic carbon emission and odour test acc. PV 3015, PV 3900 and PV 3341.





The round robin test was organised by German institute DRRR (Deutsches Referenzbüro für Ringversuche und Referenz¬materialien). Laboratory of ITC had performed very well in this comparison, with “great success” in all tested parameters.







For emission tests of car interior materials you can contact Dip. Ing. Jitka Bakalova, jbakalova@itczlin.cz, +420 577 601 453


// 29.3.2021
Information on emission behavior tests according to the VW Group's VW 50180 standard for car interior parts


 

Dear clients, we would like to inform you that the VW Group requires the following approach for testing according to VW 50180 (emission behaviour of interior materials):

The requirements of the VW Group for this type of test must be followed. A list of approved laboratories for this type of test is available at www.vwgroupsupply.com/b2bpub/. ITC, as one of the approved laboratories for these tests, is obliged to follow the information it has received from the VW Group.

If the evaluated parts you send to us are intended for initial type approval (BMG - Baumustergenehmigung) and / or initial sample testing (EMP - Erstmusterprüfung), please inform us of this fact, as this affects the entire testing process, including pricing.

If you require VW 50180 emission tests for all other purposes, such as retesting, annual re-tests, regular quality control, etc., the process is slightly different from BMG and / or EMP tests.

We also need to know in advance if you want to determine carbon emissions according to the PV3341 standard only as total carbon, or if you also require emissions of individual organic substances. The performance of the test differs, both in terms of the instruments used, but mainly in the method of evaluation.

Thank you for the information that is necessary for the correct processing of your orders for emission behaviour according to the requirements of the VW Group.

ITC Team

 


// 11.11.2020
Relocation of part of ATL 1004 - Physical Laboratory from the Central Laboratories of Louky Zlín to the workplace in the Svit 113th building


Dear clients. As of 09.11.2020, part of ATL 1004 - Physical Laboratory was completely relocated from the central laboratories of Louky Zlín to the ITC workplace in the Svit 113th building, Zlín. The original telephone numbers will be valid until 31.12.2020. At the same time, new telephone numbers will be launched next week, which will be published on the ITC website in the Contacts section. Now please contact specific employee of the physical testing laboratory by e-mail, mobile phone number, or you can contact Mrs. Jarmila Vyorálkova from the secretariat of the Physical Laboratory by phone +420 572 779 989 or e-mail jvyoralkova@itczlin.cz. Thank you for your understanding.


// 12.10.2020
COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2020/1245 of 2nd September 2020 amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food entered into force on 23rd September 2020


This regulation has significantly changed the scope of evaluation of elements and primary aromatic amines and the way of evaluation of articles for repeated use – HERE you can find more information. ITC labs are already prepared to test and evaluate the articles according to new rules.



 



Contact:

Mrs. Sarka Kopeckova, skopeckova@itczlin.cz,

tel: +420 577 601 705





Mr. Daniel Vit, dvit@itczlin.cz,

tel. +420 577 601 704





MORE INFORMATION


// 5.10.2020
new X-ray fluorescence spectrometer RIGAKU NEX DE VS


The ITC Zlín laboratories put into operation a new X-ray fluorescence spectrometer RIGAKU NEX DE VS.



The instrument is designed for elemental analysis in solid and liquid matrices in the sodium-uranium range and is used mainly for the prove of the presence of heavy metals in products.



Heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury and similar, are limited by various legislations, such as REACH, RoHS (electrical products), as well as these elements are limited in food contact products and toys.



The new spectrometer replaced old spectrometer Oxford Instruments ED2000Ag from 1998, which served a respectable 22 years.



For requirements for element analyses, such as RoHS, defectoscopy, alloy analyzes, etc. please feel free to contact us



Contact:

Ing. David Grebeníček, dgrebenicek@itczlin.cz,

tel: +420 577 601 281



Ing. Alena Matelová, PhD., amatelova@itczlin.cz,

tel. +420 577 601 453.


// 27.7.2020
Conformity assessment - Filtering half masks to procect against particles


With effect from 18.07.2020, ITC extended the scope of notification to perform the activities of Notified Body No. 1023 for the assessment of products under Act 90/2016 and under Regulation 2016/425/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council regarding to personal protective equipment for "Equipment providing respiratory system protection - Filtering half masks to procect against particles and conformity assessment procedures / modules referred to in Article 19 (b), (c) to (i) of Annexes V and VII to the Directive 2016/425/EU: "EU type-examination (Module B) - Annex V"; "Conformity to type based on internal production control plus supervised product checks at random intervals (Module C2) - Annex VII ".





Contact:

- PPE certification:

Ing. Elena Tomanová etomanova@itczlin.cz +420572779928



download: notification (NANDO)



 


// 29.6.2020
new ICP spectrometer in ITC labs


Analytical laboratory has recently purchased new ICP spectrometer Agilent 5800. The spectrometer is intended for determination of elements in water solutions, leachates and mineralisates. It is used mainly for evaluation of food-contact materials, products for children, material analysis of plastics, rubbers and metals. Spectrometer can be also used for determination of elements, which are limited in electro-products by RoHS 3 directive. High sensitivity enable evaluation of products according to many national and European legislations.  


// 22.6.2020
New tests of medical and personal protection equipments have been accredited in testing laboratory No. 1004 from 16.6.2020


ITC Zlín Laboratory has newly accredited tests regarding to the currently highly requested testing of personal protective equipment and medical devices, especially:





protective clothing

- medical face masks

- protective shields





Contact:

- certification of PPE:

Mrs. Elena Tomanová  etomanova@itczlin.cz  +420572779928 



- testing of PPE and MD:

Mr. Radek Matějka  rmatejka@itczlin.cz  +420572779907





Download: list of new tests (PDF)


// 9.6.2020
DETERMINATION OF INDIVIDUAL ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOC) AND IDENTIFICATION OF THE EMITTED COMPOUNDS BY GC-MS/FID


In autumn 2019 our laboratory of analytical chemistry purchased gas chromatograph Shimadzu GCMS QP 2020 NX with mass spectromecter and flame ionization detector, which is used for analysis of emission of organic substances (VOC) mainly for automotive materials.



Determination of VOC by this method meets the requirements:

- VW 50180 (CLP classification of VOC emission in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 included)

- PV 3341

- VDA 277

- VCS 1027,2759





Laboratory is on the List of accepted service laboratories by the VW Group for test according to PV 3341!







Contact: Jitka Bakalová | +420577601453 | jbakalova@itczlin.cz


// 19.12.2019
TERMINATION OF THE REDIRECTION OF OLD TELEPHONE NUMBERS


Dear clients,



As of 31 December 2019, will be TERMINATE THE REDIRECTION OF OLD TELEPHONE NUMBERS of ITC employees who moved from the former Zlín-Louky workplace building to the new Zlín, area Svit, Building 113 workplace.



New telephone numbers can be found on the website of specific service, in the CONTACTS section of the ITC website or on phone request.



For troubleshooting and any questions please contact the ITC’s infoline at +420 572779922.


// 2.12.2019
New tests for measurement of formaldehyde emissions


Laboratories of ITC offers newly accredited test of formaldehyde emission by the chamber method, based on standard EN 717-1.

The procedure covers mainly following products:

 wood products for which the formaldehyde emission by the chamber method is required
building materials for which the legislation requires chamber test for formaldehyde emission
• newly, the in resin-bonded wood toy materials according to new Commission Directive (EU) 2019/1929 of 19 November 2019 amending Appendix C to Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council for the purpose of adopting specific limit values for chemicals used in certain toys, as regards formaldehyde


For information about testing, please, contact Dip. Ing. Jitka Bakalova, jbakalova@itczlin.cz, phone: +420 577 601 453


// 8.11.2019
Determination of resistance to cutting by sharp objects


Laboratory of textile has successfully accredited testing procedure EN ISO 13997 - Determination of resistance to cutting by sharp objects. The test is performed mainly on protective gloves and similar PPE.



For further information and testing, please, contact our laboratory: textile@itczlin.cz, phone: +420 577 601 268.


// 21.7.2019
Sale of the part of CSI plant – effective date 1st July 2019


Institut pro testování a certifikaci, a.s., and Centrum stavebního inženýrství a.s. concluded a contract on sale of part of plant, which came into effect 1st July 2019

Centrum stavebního inženýrství a.s., Reg. ID No.: 45274860, VAT reg. No.: CZ45274860, registered office address: Praha 10 - Hostivař, Pražská 16, ZIP Code: 10200, Companies Registry details: Municipal Court in Prague, Section. B, Insert No. 1595 (hereinafter referred to as “CSI“ as a seller) and Institut pro testování a certifikaci, a.s., Reg. ID No.: 47910381, VAT reg. No.: CZ47910381, registered office address: třída Tomáš Bati 299, Louky, 763 02 Zlín, Companies Registry details: CR administered by the Regional Court in Brno, Section B, Insert No. 1002 (hereinafter referred to as “ITC“ as a buyer) concluded 7th June 2019 the contract on sales of part of the plant, which came into effect 1st July 2019 (hereinafter referred to as “the contract on sale of part of the plant”) with below-mentioned subject-matter of the sale:

A part of the plant, which is a subject-matter of the sale according to the contract on sale of part of the plant, was exclusive ownership of CSU representing its business activity in the area of testing, whereas for this activity CSI uses the Authorised body No. 212, Designated organization/Notified Body No. 1390, Assessment Body, TAB –Technical Assessment Body, Certification Body No. 3048 and accredited testing laboratory in Prague workplace and accredited testing laboratory in Zlin workplace, which together represent the independent structural component of CSI included with matters, rights and other asset values, really and legally associated with activity of stated part of the plant – testing – i.e. verification of building physical characteristics of building materials and structures.


// 28.6.2019
new service in the field of static and dynamic testing on tensile tester Instron 8503


Dear Clients,



laboratories of ITC can offer you a new service in the field of static and dynamic testing on tensile tester Instron 8503, which can be run in static or dynamic mode.

Machine has load capacity 250 kN (25 tons) and frame size up to 5 meters (see photo). The machine is intended for testing of big samples, nevertheless (regarding to the compatibility of measuring heads) it is possible to measure not only big loads, but also big samples with loads, starting at 100 N.

For details and requests please, contact Dr. Roman DLABAJA, tubes@itczlin.cz


// 4.4.2019
New Mar resistence test equipment in ITC Zlin


Physical laboratory of ITC Zlin newly offers a possibility of special Mar resistance testing. This test simulates light scratching (e.g. by nails) at finished plastic parts of car interior. The criterium for evaluation is change in gloss before and after test. This new machine fully coresponds with requirements of specification PV 3974 (VW specification) or TPJLR 52.010 (Jaguar Land Rover specification) and others which are set on similar basis.





Depending on free capacity of the lab and number of tested specimens, the test could be finished within one week after receiving purchase order from our client.





For further details, price offer or booking a free test slot, feel free to contact Mrs. Lenka Nesvadbova lnesvadbova@itczlin.cz, +420 577 601 540



 



 

 

PV3974, TPJLR 52.010, interior parts, automotive, Mar resistance


// 30.1.2019
ITC services regarding ROHS 3


Since July 22, 2019 „RoHS 3“ (2015/863/EC) updated of so called “RoHS 2” directive (No. 2011/65/EC) will come in force, laying down extended requirements on electric and electronic devices.



Except for heavy metals (Pb, Cd, Hg, Cr VI+) and polybrominated flame retardants (PBBs and PDEs) four phthalic acid esters (phthalates) were newly added:

Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, Butyl benzyl phthalate, Di butyl phthalate a Di iso butyl phthalate in the amount, not exceeded 0,1 w/w % in mass of homogenous material.

Problematic can be thus PVC softened material, like cable insulations then paintings, glues and softened plastics.



Laboratories of ITC are ready to determine all these substances. Years of experiences with such a type of analysis gives you quality assurance regarding analysis results. For request, please, contact:



Ing. David Grebeníček dgrebenicek@itczlin.cz

Ing. Iveta Řezníčková ireznickova@itczlin.cz


// 24.1.2019
Online access to Toyota standard database


Upon agreement with TOYOTA company Institute for Testing and Certification, inc. got direct access to the database of Toyota standards, which are relevant to testing of automotive components, intended to TOYOTA cars. We believe that this step forward helps to perform better services towards you – our clients.



For physical tests, please, contact:

Lenka Nesvadbova, lnesvadbova@itczlin.cz or

Dr. Petra Skabrahova, pskabrahova@itczlin.cz





For emission tests, please, contact:

Dipl. Ing. Jitka Bakalova, jbakalova@itczlin.cz

Faithfully

ITC lab team


// 22.1.2019
Medical Devices - summarizing the current situation in area of preparation / transfer of notified bodies to the new legislation


The European Associtiation for Medical devices of Notified Bodies (TEAM NB) on web site, in the section "Latest News", published on December 14, 2018 a document called "White Paper: One Year of Application" summarizing the current situation in area of preparation / transfer of notified bodies to the new legislation regarding to Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and In-Vitro Medical Devices Regulation (IVDR).


// 5.9.2018
new gas chromatograph in laboratory of analytical chemistry


In August 2018 our laboratory of analytical chemistry purchased a brand new gas chromatograph, mass spectrometer Shimadzu GCMS-QP2020, equipped by a thermal desorption unit TD-30, which is used for analysis of emissions of organic substances.



 



The spectrometer has a superior sensitivity for organic substances in orders of micro-grams per kg of sample. The system is mainly used for analysis of volatile organic substances (VOC) and condensable substances (FOG) according to the requirements of automotive standard VDA 278, but also for emission measurement of polymer samples to investigate additive system, smell, NIAS (not-intentionally added substances in plastics) etc.



 



Contact for such types of analysis: Franky Puype, phone: +420 577 601 703, e-mail: fpuype@itczlin.cz


// 31.8.2018
New general director


Announcement of change in ITC management.



 



Since September 1, 2018, new general director of the Institute for Testing and Certification has been appointed Mgr. Jiri Hes.



 



RNDr. Radomir Cevelik remains in the position of Board of Directors Vice President.


// 21.8.2018
Determination of phthalic acid esters according to requirements of CPSC


In June 2018 analytical laboratory ITC accredited new procedure for determination of phthalic acid esters in consumer products according to requirements of CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) No. CPSC-CH-C1001-09.4. New standard came in force on April 25, 2018 and released old one No. CPSC-CH-C1001-09.3.



More information concerning phthalate testing are available here

 


// 19.7.2018
Analytical laboratory had implemented new methods for testing of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from car interior parts according to Hyundai and Toyota requirements, namely


Hyundai Engineering Standard - MS300-55 - Determination of volatile organic compounds from moulded parts in the vehicle interior



and



Toyota Engineering Standard TSM 0508G – Volatile component measurement method using sampling bag



Tests are using sampling bags for emission tests, followed by chromatography determination of emitted substances.

For further information and quotation please, contact Ing. Jitka Balakova, e-mail: jbakalova(at)itczlin.cz, phone: +420 577 601 453


// 22.6.2018
new liquid chromatograph with tandem mass spectrometry Shimadzu LC-MS/MS 8045


At the beginning of 2018 department of analytical chemistry purchased brand new liquid chromatograph with tandem mass spectrometry Shimadzu LC-MS/MS 8045, which is used for trace analysis of organic substances. Spectrometer has superior sensitivity for organic substances in orders of nano-grams per litre of sample. In June first analytical procedures successfully passed accreditation after the validation. Contact for such a special analytical techniques – RNDr. Lukas Rozsypal, tel: +420 577 601 452, e-mail: lrozsypal@itczlin.cz


// 12.4.2018
Conformity assessment of personal protective equipment


Institute for Testing and Certification is newly included in the NANDO database as the Notified Body for the Conformity Assessment of Personal Protective Equipment in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016.



Detailed information HERE


// 18.12.2017
Regulation (EU) 2016/425 on personal protective equipment - Guidance document on the implementation of Article 47


Good day.

Regulation (EU) 2016/425 on personal protective equipment - Guidance document on the implementation of Article 47 on transitional provisions. Awailable on web page HERE.


// 25.9.2017
Testing of hydraulic brake hose assemblies by Standard SAE J1401


Institute for testing and certification offers a new service in a field of automotivetesting of Hydraulic Brake Hose Assemblies by Standard SAE J1401. For detailed informations please contact our expert from Physical Testing Laboratory mr. Radek Matejka rmatejka@itczlin.cz.

 


// 4.9.2017
New method for determination of organometallic complexes


Our analytical laboratory has implemented new method for determination of organometallic complexes (i.e. alkyl mercury) by cation chromatography, coupled to ICP-MS detection. This group of substances is represented for example by Trimerosal, used as fungicide or fungistatic agent. Such a substances can be limited for example in vaccines or contact lens solutions. Contact: Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, fpuype@itczlin.cz, analyt@itczlin.cz


// 29.8.2017
Determination of crack bridging properties


Laboratory of building materials has introduced new test device for test according to EN 1062-7 for “Determination of crack bridging properties”. On this device also another tests of paints, varnishes, coating materials and coating systems can be performed, list of standards is attached in this note. contact: rmikac@itczlin.cz

List of standards – new testing device for „determination of crack bridging properties“

EN 14224
Flexible sheets for waterproofing - Waterproofing of concrete bridge decks and other concrete surfaces trafficable by vehicles - Determination of crack bridging ability

CSN 73 6242, attachment C
Design and construction of pavements on road bridges

EN 1062-7
Paints and varnishes - Coating materials and coating systems for exterior masonry and concrete - Part 7: Determination of crack bridging properties

EN 15812
Polymer modified bituminous thick coatings for waterproofing - Determination of crack bridging ability

EN 13880-10
Hot applied joint sealants - Part 10: Test method for the determination of adhesion and cohesion following continuous extension and compression

EN 13880-13
Hot applied joint sealants - Part 13: Test method for the determination of the discontinuous extension (adherence test)

EOTA 008
Determination of the resistence to fatigue movement

EOTA 013
Determination of crack-bridging capability


// 14.8.2017
Food contact materials - Mineral oils MOSH and MOAH determination in packaging:


With respect to the clients requests the new method was developed in ITC laboratories - Mineral oils MOSH and MOAH determination in packaging. Aromatic mineral oils (MOAH) are considered by EFSA as potentially carcinogenic and are given high attention now. Limit values for migration were published on a national basis by German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). For further information you can contact Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry - fpuype@itczlin.cz; analyt@itczlin.cz


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