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AITEX becomes a FIFA approved for the certification of artificial turf quality on football pitches

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

The FIFA quality concept has become an internationally recognised standard and guarantee of a product’s excellence and durability. The seal guarantees that a synthetic turf pitch provides an optimal surface for the game.

The demand to certify pitches in Spain is increasing almost daily and there are now 2,483 FIFA-certified pitches globally with 60 in Spain.

The FIFA quality concept for synthetic surfaces “Football Turf” was created with the commitment to standardise the quality and the safety of artificial surfaces for footballers, and to encourage the development of artificial turf technology.

FIFA recognised the potential of artificial turf for the future of soccer because its resistance to weather and heavy use makes it an ideal alternative to natural grass. However, there are huge differences in quality between the various third-generation surface systems that are available on the market, which require exhaustive quality control.

Only artificial play surfaces that have been tested in the laboratory and the field in accordance with FIFA’s strict Quality Program testing criteria can obtain the certification.

FIFA has designated two categories, or seals of quality, for artificial turf depending on the needs of the players and the use to which the surfaces are intended:

FIFA QUALITY is primarily intended for amateur football at a beginner level and for practice, essentially in the public domain and is valid for three years.
FIFA QUALITY PRO is aimed at professional and high performance football and is valid for one year.
Before an artificial turf pitch can be approved, both the product and the final installation must undergo a series of tests. The certificate is granted only to an installed pitch. Only if an artificial turf pitch meets the requirements stipulated in the testing manual will it receive the seal and be classified as synthetic turf suitable for football.

The rigorous procedure, which includes a phase of laboratory tests and a final installation test, guarantees that synthetic turf meets the requirements of performance, safety, durability and quality. The two test phases focus on the following aspects:

• Interaction between the player and the playing surface
• Interaction between the ball and the playing surface
• Product composition
• Resistance to weather
• Strength of the seams
• Durability

 

Article originally published in AITEX review nº60, continue reading

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AITEX gains ENAC approval for anchoring devices for more than one user

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

The CEN / TS 16415: 2013 standard is a technical specification that establishes recommendations on requirements, test equipment, test methods, labelling and the information supplied by the manufacturer for anchoring devices intended to be used by more than one user simultaneously.

CEN / TS 16415: 2013 is not applicable to:

• Anchoring devices intended for a single user, which are covered by EN 795: 2012
• Anchoring devices used in sports or recreational activities
• Equipment designed according to EN 516 or EN 517
• Elements or parts of structures installed for a purpose other than anchoring devices or points
• Structural anchors

The aforementioned technical specification is very similar to “EN 795: 2012 Personal protective equipment against falls. Anchoring devices “. The main difference is that tests are performed with higher loads and under more severe requirements to demonstrate that anchoring devices intended for more than one user or multiple users will be able to withstand the weight, impact force and the shock of the fall prevention assembly in case of an accident.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) passing the test will comply with the test requirements established in the corresponding technical standards, which specify the characteristics and features that individual protection equipment must comply with.
AITEX has all the necessary technical and testing infrastructure to carry out all the tests required for the homologation of a PPE against falls from height, in compliance with European and American regulations in force.
The specially-designed equipment is described below.

• Fall Tower for the realisation of free fall or guided fall tests to reproduce the fall of an operator or climber from a certain height.
• High-capacity dynamometer for performing static tests to determine the behaviour of the system while subjected to a force.

Article originally published in AITEX review nº60, continue reading

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A FIA-approved organisation for the homologation of drivers’ clothing

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

It is very likely that anyone interested in the world of safety, and in particular safety clothing, often wonders what kind of clothing is worn by Formula 1 drivers: its attributes must include fireproof, antistatic and breathable performance.

It is widely known that the FIA “International Motor

Racing Federation” closely controls everything that surrounds the world of racing, in every country, at every track and within each club. With a classic style of government more akin to a nation state, The FIA, founded in 1904 and based in Paris, began with the main objective of providing governance and safety within the world of motorsports. It brings together 245 national motorsport and sports organisations from 143 countries on all five continents and its member clubs represent millio

ns of motorists and their families.

Within the complex governing framework of the FIA is the Homologation section, which is in charge of approving vehicles, helmets, fuel, etc. as well as all clothing and gloves. This is where AITEX comes into the frame, providing the full depth of its knowledge and experience in the treatment of textiles and the certification and homologation of clothing and gloves for any type of risk: particularly heat and flame, which are those that a Formula 1 racing driver may suffer to a greater degree.

To be part of the FIA, AITEX requested acceptance as a collaborating laboratory to perform technical tests according to FIA regulations for clothing and gloves, since product homologation is always issued by FIA. To this end, after a long process of documentation, regulatory studies and passing all of the FIA’s audits and controls at our facilities, we were awarded an FIA homologation number after the final audit, held on November 17, 2015, the date on which entry into the FIA was recorded.

Technical List No. 21 (available at www.fia.com) lists all the organisations accredited by FIA for the homologation of driver’s and mechanic’s clothing including gloves, according to the rules of FIA 8856-2000 Protective Clothing for automobile drivers, 8867-2016 Protective Clothing for mechanics and 8868-2018 Biometric Devices. The list is short, at only 11 organisations, AITEX being one.

Article published in AITEX Review nº60, continue Reading

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AITEX to participate in the theoretical-practical session at the Anecorm Congress

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

29th june

The 12th Anecorm Congress will be held from 24 to 26 October in Seville. The motto of the upcoming edition is “Bridging the gap to advanced practices”.  

During the Congress, on October 25, a theoretical-practical session will be run by AITEX, on “Duality of Healthcare Products and Individual Protection Equipment. An update on the regulations regarding patient and professional safety “.

The objective of the session is to raise awareness of the regulations for the correct choice of products in public tenders. Update the applicable technical requirements. Improve the interpretation of labels.

Attendance at the theoretical-practical sessions is only for those attending the Anecorm Congress. Places are limited, and will be awarded by strict order of registration until the end of available places.

AITEX is notified body for certification of Personal Protection Equipment (EPI) No. 0161. Some medical devices are by definition dual products: they protect the patient from infections from the healthcare professional (Health Product) and protect the wearer against chemical and biological risks (category III high risk EPI). AITEX provides a Certification Service, Production QA and labelling evaluation for the certification of dual health products.

 

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Evaluation and certification of respiratory protection equipment

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

26th june

One of the most important risks facing an operative is contracting diseases caused by breathing contaminated air, or oxygen deficiency in the atmosphere during their work. As a preventive measure, an employer must provide respiratory protection equipment.

This type of risk, which can cause death or irreversible damage to the employee, classifies the respiratory protection equipment as category III PPE.

In order to select the best respiratory protection equipment for a specific professional activity, whether insulating or filtering equipment, numerous factors must be considered, such as the type and concentration of pollutants, the concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere, the duration and effort required of the tasks to be performed, working conditions, etc. Standard EN 529: 2005 on respiratory protection, “Recommendations for selection, use, care and maintenance guidelines”, a programme is described to protect workers from exposure to air-borne pollutants.

Respiratoy protection equipment testing laboratory

Following requests from manufacturers in the sector, AITEX has broadened its scope as a Notified Body to enable us to evaluate the compliance of a range of respiratory protection filtering equipment. The Institute has purchased equipment and commissioned various tests under different standards necessary to certify different respiratory protection equipment.

The harmonised standards for each of the different types of respiratory protection equipment establish a range of tests, as well as applicable mandatory or optional performance requirements.

EU type certification

For a respiratory protection device to be marketed in the European Union, it must comply with the essential health and safety requirements established in Regulation 2016/425, through the following conformity assessment procedure: EU Examination of Type (module B).

Through this procedure the Notified Body will not only evaluate the prototype PPE using the tests according to the harmonised standards; it will also evaluate the technical documentation, the informative brochure that will be provided to the user with the equipment and the labelling. As a result of the EU type examination, the Notified Body will issue an evaluation report and an EU type examination certificate, together with any of the following options:

  • Conformity of type based on the company’s internal QA plus a supervised product QA at random intervals (module C2).
  • Conformity of type based on production process QA (module D).

AITEX has recently been approved and notified to test, evaluate and certify respiratory protection equipment under module B for the corresponding emission of the EU type certificate. It has also been notified for evaluation as category III PPE (module C2); this will require AITEX to carry out product QA at least once a year, and at the latest one year after the date of issue of the certificate, to verify the homogeneity of the production process and the conformity of the PPE with the type described in the EU type examination certificate.

Artículo publicado en AITEX review nº59

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Textiles labelled with UV STANDARD 801 ensure the protection factor of the product

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

28th of May

In 2018 the UV STANDARD 801 certification celebrates its 20th anniversary. The certification process establishes the UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor), which is used to specify the sun protection factor of textile materials.

Unlike other standards and methods, the  UV STANDARD 801 certification measures the UPF of a textile taking into account the particular requirements to which it is subjected during its use.

The sun is life to us, but too much is harmful and ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause lasting damage to the eyes and skin. However, exposure to the sun is vital to the body’s ability to produce vitamin D, vital to bone development. The problem is that babies and young children have little or no protection, and therefore should only enjoy limited exposure to direct sunlight. It takes up to 15 years for the human body to develop full protection against harmful UV rays, but even then, this UV protection is only effective for a limited period of time, which could be only a few minutes depending on the type of skin, when exposed to direct sunlight outdoors.

What protects us from overexposure to UV rays?

When sunbathing, we usually use a sunscreen with UV protection. But even the most powerful of these, known as sunblock, only provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50. When you’re in the water or you dry off with a towel, your sunblock loses effectiveness and must be re-applied to ensure long-term protection.

Textiles also provide protection from the sun’s rays and the colour and design of the clothes are important: dark colours provide a higher level of protection than light and the denser the material, the greater the protection it provides against UV rays. In addition, synthetic fibres have a higher UV protection factor than products made from natural fibres.

How can you recognise textiles with UV protection?

The best way is to choose textiles that guarantee a high level of UV protection. Textiles with UV protection provide an extremely effective barrier against UV rays and depending on what they are made from, can provide a UPF of up to 80.

Unlike other standards and methods, the  UV STANDARD 801 certification measures the UPF of a textile taking into account the particular demands to which it is subjected during its use. For swimsuits and sportswear, this could be, for example, aspects such as stretching and wear during use. In addition, the SPF is also affected during and after textile care. In the case of specific sun protection textiles such as umbrellas and awnings, various climatic conditions of sun, rain and humidity must be considered. As a result of these conditions, the protection time is drastically reduced (or in the worst case is almost completely lost), and this must also be reflected in the indicated UPF rating to avoid putting the user at risk. Accordingly, members of the International Association for Testing for UV-applied Protection recommend measuring the UV protection factor in accordance with UV STANDARD 801.

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AITEX participates in the Round Robin organised by FIFA in Asia

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

5th of June

AITEX, a FIFA-approved laboratory, participated in a Round Robin held in Asia. 

AITEX, a FIFA-approved laboratory, participated in a Round Robin held in Asia.
On-site testing of an artificial grass pitch is an essential part of the FIFA Quality Program for football turf, in addition to the final quality control before FIFA accredits it as a certified pitch surface. To ensure that these tests are conducted uniformly throughout the world, FIFA only works with approved testing laboratories.
AITEX as an approved testing institute to carry out quality certification of artificial turf on football pitches and the Institute travelled to Hong Kong to participate in the Round Robin. During the 4-day event, each technician from the accredited institutes performs two field tests.
This year the Round Robin took place in King’s Park in Kowloon, Hong Kong with a total of 37 applicants and 16 technicians seeking licence renewal were tested and approved by the Round Robin and join the 80 existing approved technicians.

AITEX, as a FIFA-approved laboratory, performs the following field tests:

Tests to determine the reaction of the ball with the surface:
• Vertical bouncing of the ball.
• Ball rolling.

Tests to determine the reaction of the player with the surface:
These tests are of special relevance, and simulate the interaction of the player with the sports surface, determining if the pitch is adequate and safe for the player to use without injury.
• Shock absorption
• Deformation.
• Rotational resistance

More information:

FIFA.COM

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NEW OEKO -TEX® REGULATIONS FOR 2018

In 2018, the OEKO-TEX® Association endeavours to provide further targeted support on issues relating to consumer protection and sustainability throughout the textile value creation chain.

The existing guidelines of the OEKO-TEX® product portfolio were updated on 02 January. The new regulations come into effect on 01 April 2018 for all certification systems and other services, following a three-month transition period.

To find out more about the new product regulations, view the following Webinar:

Updates to the OEKO-TEX® standards and guidelines are based on the continuous exchange of experiences with industry stakeholders, cooperation in initiatives and monitoring of legal regulations. The work of OEKO-TEX® expert groups thus takes into account current scientific innovations and knowledge as well as latest market developments.

You can find the most important changes regarding the individual OEKO-TEX® products below:

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX®

Thanks to the comparability of the DETOX TO ZERO MRSL with the valid MRSL for the STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification, DETOX TO ZERO can be fully integrated into STeP.

DETOX TO ZERO customers can convert to STeP at any time. The restructuring of the DETOX TO ZERO assessment tool and status report improves usability and clarity. The MRSL valid for DETOX TO ZERO can be viewed in the guidelines at www.oeko-tex.com/detoxtozero

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®

Bisphenol A, the aromatic amine aniline and additional alkylphenols (pentyl- and heptylphenol) are now included in the LEATHER STANDARD. For more detailed information on the new inclusions and other changes, see www.oeko-tex.com/ls-updates-2018.

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®

The ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) initiative accepts the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® as an indicator of conformity with their MRSL (harmful substance exclusion list for textile production). Upon approval, companies can have their products certified by ECO PASSPORT listed in the OEKO-TEX® Buying Guide / and if they wish from now on also in the ZDHC Chemical Gateway.
More information about new incorporations and other changes can be found at www.oeko-tex.com/ls-updates-2018.

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®

The minimum requirements and criteria for awarding the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® product label have been updated. Advantages of the new definition are: improved comprehensibility and less time for label attainment: www.oeko-tex.com/madeingreen

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®

The newly recorded harmful substances in the STANDARD 100 criteria catalogue are phenol, bisphenol A, the aromatic amine aniline as well as the additional alkylphenols, pentyl- and heptylphenol. The OEKO-TEX® Association henceforth places the substance quinoline under observation. Amended limit values also apply for short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP) and ortho-phenylphenol (OPP). As of 1 April 2018, OEKO-TEX® plans to integrate the testing of organic cotton products for genetically modified organisms (GMO) into STANDARD 100.
More information on the new regulations for STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® available at: www.oeko-tex.com/std100-updates-2018.

STeP by OEKO-TEX®

El alcance de las evaluaciones STeP para la encuesta de datos requeridos de la empresa se reduce significativamente condensando el cuestionario. La integración de DETOX TO ZERO permite ahora emitir el certificado SteP y el informe de estado adicional con información sobre DETOX TO ZERO.

About OEKO-TEX®
With 25 years of experience, OEKO-TEX® leads the world in empowering and enabling consumers and companies to protect our planet by making responsible decisions. OEKO-TEX® provides standardised solutions which optimise customers’ manufacturing processes and help deliver high quality, more sustainable products. All of the products within the OEKO-TEX® portfolio are used to strengthen our customers’ systems, processes or products and, ultimately, they help create more sustainable companies. To date, 10,000 manufacturers, brands, and retailers in almost 100 countries are working with OEKO-TEX® to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances and millions of consumers around the world look for OEKO-TEX® labels before making buying decisions. OEKO-TEX® certified products and suppliers can be located in the OEKO-TEX® Online Buying Guide at www.oeko-tex.com/products. 

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NEW REGULATIONS FOR COSMETICS PRODUCTS IN SPAIN

It has been considered necessary to develop an appropriate European-wide legal instrument for cosmetic products that imposes clear and detailed rules that avoid divergent transpositions by individual Member States. To this end, Regulation (EC) No. 1223/200 of the European Parliament and the Council of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products has been adopted.

 

Below is a summary of the most important aspects of Royal Decree 85/2018, February 23, which regulates cosmetic products.

“The aforementioned Regulation establishes that cosmetic products must be safe under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use, and must respect the rules of composition and labelling provided. Each product must be traceable to a responsible person in the European Union and the traceability of each of the cosmetic products in the supply chain must be guaranteed.

To ensure their safety, all commercially available cosmetic products must be manufactured in accordance with the principles of best manufacturing practices, with compliance being monitored by national authorities. The aspects that the European standard leaves to the Member States can be regulated at national level. Therefore, the new Royal Decree is issued which specifies issues such as the competent authorities for the supervision of the market and for the reception and transmission of notifications of serious undesirable effects and serious risks to health, the powers of inspection and the adoption of health protection measures that correspond to these authorities, as well as the procedures to be followed. The procedures for compliance with the administrative cooperation principle are also regulated and the instrument also specifies other issues such as those relating to the language to be used in the labelling and the information sheet supplied with cosmetic products.

In addition, the aforementioned Regulation allows each Member State to regulate the notification by health professionals or by consumers of any serious undesirable effects caused by cosmetic products to the competent national authorities. In the Spanish Cosmetovigilance System, the rules for operation will be dictated in accordance with the functions contemplated in article 35.6 of the Statute of the AEMPS, approved by Royal Decree 1275/2011, of September 16, by which the State Agency “Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products” has been created and its Statute approved.
With respect to cosmetics manufacturers and importers, the Royal Decree also regulates the requirements and conditions that must be met and the procedure for presenting the declaration of responsibility before the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (hereinafter AEMPS), developing section 3 of the third additional provision of the revised text of the Law on guarantees and rational use of medicines and health products, approved by Royal Legislative Decree 1/2015, of July 24.

At a national level, article 40, sections 5 and 6 of Law 14/1986, of April 25, General Health attributes to the General State Administration powers for regulation, authorisation, registration or homologation, as appropriate , of medicines for human and veterinary use and of other health products and articles and of those that, by affecting human beings, may pose a risk to public health, as well as to regulate and authorise the activities of manufacturers and importers of the aforementioned products. Additionally, based on article 40.6 of the aforementioned law, the AEMPS has been issuing authorisations for activities involved in the manufacture and importation of cosmetic products.

The revised text of the Law on Guarantees and Rational Use of Medicines and Medical Devices establishes that the conditions and requirements to be met for the manufacture, importation, clinical research, distribution, commercialisation, dispensation and use of medical devices and the respective administrative procedures will be determined by regulation in accordance with the provisions of European Union regulations. It is further provided that what is established in this section shall also apply, as appropriate, to personal care products and cosmetics.

This same additional provision establishes that the activities of manufacturing and importing cosmetics and personal care products are subject to the system of the declaration of responsibility regulated in article 69 of Law 39/2015, of October 1, of the Common Administrative Procedure of Public Administrations. This declaration of responsibility must be presented to the AEMPS. The presentation of the declaration of responsibility will enable the company to commence activities, without prejudice to subsequent verification by the AEMPS, through documentary verification and, where appropriate, inspection of the elements and circumstances revealed by the interested party in the declaration of responsibility.

Contacte con nosotros

Unidad técnica cosmética: nblanes@aitex.es

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AITEX PROMOTES ITS WORK IN SAFETY CONTROLS FOR MATERIALS IN CONTACT WITH FOODSTUFF

Ensuring that what we eat is safe not only relies on the analytical control of the food, but also includes the control of the material or object that is intended to be in contact with this food.

What are the materials and articles intended to be in contact with food?

They include all those designed to come into contact or which are already in contact with foodstuff and are specifically intended for that purpose and those which can be expected to come into contact or which can transfer their components during normal or foreseeable use. These products are widely distributed in the market and form a very large variety of families of materials from rubber, glass and textiles to silicones and plastics.

What products does it apply to?

When we see the pictogram we all think of a Tupperware container, however there are many other products such as gloves, aprons, tablecloths, covers and ham cords, water filters, threads and skins for sausages, conveyor belts, nonwovens and threads for infusions, bibs, cloths, reusable sandwich bags, clothing for the food industry, in short any material that may come into contact with food must meet legislative requirements, in terms of analysis, labelling and its associated documentation.

How are they controlled?

Generally speaking there are two regulations, regardless of the material in question, which must be complied with:

  • EC Regulation 1935/2004, 27th October 2004, by the European Parliament and Council on materials and articles designed to come into contact with food.
  • EC Regulation 2023/2006, 22nd December 2006, by the European Commission, on best practices in the manufacture of materials and articles designed to come into contact with food.

Materials intended to come into contact with food should not represent a danger to human health. All chemical substances used in manufacturing must be safe and stable in their formulation so that they do not migrate to food. Manufacturers and / or distributors must protect the safety of the materials to ensure that the quality and food safety is not affected by it and must also comply with the requirements established by good manufacturing practices.

Why the need for control?

These materials can release substances from their components to foods that they are in contact with, even if in very small quantities. This “migration” can compromise the quality of the material and, more importantly, consumer safety, which is why they are subject to strict safety regulations. The risk of regulatory breach, legal liabilities and product recalls can be reduced by checking the compliance of the material before placing it on the market. In Spain, official controls at national level are coordinated between the Autonomous Communities (CCAA) and the Spanish Agency for Consumption, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN). Specifically, they are described in the 16 MECA’S PROGRAM, whose objective is to reduce the appearance of risks linked to migration levels in packaging and materials in contact with food, in accordance with current legislation.

How can we help?

AITEX provides solutions to the various industries involved in manufacturing materials to be in contact with food at each stage of the supply chain, through the development of tests, materials inspection, training, and by providing support in documentation and labelling. We have an ENAC-approved laboratory according to ISO 17025 to carry out all necessary tests.

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