Promotional Products Testing Service


QC Tailored for the Promotional Products Industry

Promotional products and branded merchandise serve an important purpose in every company's marketing and communication activities. High-quality gifts and premiums can contribute to your brand's reputation, while poor-quality ones can sell your company short. As branded merchandise contribute to your potential customers' first impression of your business, special care must be taken to ensure the quality, safety, and compliance of your promotional products.

OQ offers lab testing, product inspections and audits for a wide range of promotional merchandise, gifts and premiums, including:

  • Apparel and fashion accessories
  • Stationery
  • Toys and collectables
  • Electrical products
  • Drinkware
  • Sports goods

Promotional Products Testing Expertise

OQ offers fast and reliable on-site product inspections for all types of promotional products, including softlines, hardlines, electrical products, food contact items, and more. We guarantee an inspector on-site within 48 hours, and deliver detailed inspection reports the same day.

Our inspection protocols are created based on your requirements and the regulations of your destination market, helping you ensure that your branded merchandise meets all quality, safety, and compliance standards, and upholds the reputation of your brand.

As gifts and premiums span a range of items, a variety of testing standards may apply. Visit our category-specific testing pages for full information on mechanical, physical, and chemical tests for each product category.

Examples of tests for different categories of promotional products include:

Apparel Jewelry
  • Color shading
  • Symmetry check
  • Adhesive check (logos, printings, markings fastness)
  • Care labeling
  • Burn test (for 100% cotton garment)
  • Mold contamination prevention
  • Metal contamination prevention
  • Workmanship review
  • Sharp point and sharp edge
  • Small Parts
  • Jewelry containing batteries
  • Flammability
  • Pull test on chain and closing system
  • Accelerated nickel free test on plated items
  
Toys Electrical products
  • Sharp point and sharp edge verification
  • Stuffing checking for plush toys
  • Metal detection test
  • Small parts verification
  • Workmanship check
  • Frequency check for electronic toys
  • Humidity test for the wooden toys
  • Power cord pull test
  • Stability test
  • Power consumption test
  • Working current/voltage check
  • Noise level measurement
  • Waterproof test
  • Product function/performance test
  • Workmanship review
  
Food contact items
  • Visual examination and evaluation
  • REACH SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern)
  • Sensory testing and taint analysis
  • Physical hazard assessment
  • Color bleeding
  • Overall and specific migration tests
  • Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS)
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Heavy metals (extractable and leachable)
  • Residual monomers and solvents
  • Impurities and byproducts

Promotional Products Lab Testing Expertise

AI laboratories are fully accredited to test your promotional products against a number of international standards and regional requirements. Our technicians address every aspect of product safety and compliance, helping you ensure that your promotional products reflect the value of your brand.

Below are examples of lab tests for different categories of gifts and premiums. Full lists of lab tests for each product category can be found on category-specific testing pages.

Apparel Jewelry
  • Harmful substances
  • Formaldehyde testing
  • Banned azo colorants
  • North America chemical testing
  • Antibacterial & Antimicrobial testing
  • CPSIA testing
  • REACH testing
  • GB 18401 testing
  • California Prop 65 testing
  • ASTM standards
  • CPSIA requirements
  • Model Toxics in Packaging (TPCH)
  • REACH testing
  • SOR standards
  • Lead content
  • Cadmium content
  
Toys Electrical products
  • ISO 8124, Parts 1-3
  • IEC 62115, Electric Toys – Safety
  • IEC 60825, Laser/LED Safety
  • FDA, Cal Prop 65, USP, CPSIA, ASTM testing
  • EN 71 requirements
  • SOR standards
  • AS/NZS testing
  • California Prop 65
  • Toxics in packaging
  • EMC / EMI testing
  • Product safety testing (UL / IEC)
  • FCC / RTTE testing for wireless and RF products
  • RoHS testing
  
Food contact items
  • REACH requirements
  • FDA, CPSIA, ASTM, CFR testing
  • SOR standards
  • California Prop 65
  • Model Toxics in Packaging
  • EC Directives
  • EU Framework Regulation
  • China Food Safety Law
  • Japan Food Safety Law

Why OQ for Product and Supplier Compliance?

The OQ Benefits

  • Supply chain intelligence: get supplier and quality stats in real time
  • Industry leading turnaround time for audits, testing and inspections
  • Online and mobile: manage your orders and access your data anywhere, any time
  • All-inclusive pricing: flat rates for inspections and audits; instant quotes for testing
  • 1,500 auditors and inspectors, 3 in-house labs and operations in 85 countries