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Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services UK gains accreditation for candle testing

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services UK, whose testing laboratory is located in Warrington, Cheshire, has announced that it has been accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service to test for the compliance and safety of candles.

As candles have grown in popularity with consumers over the past decade, so has the potential safety concern with their use.

It is said that consumers are purchasing candles more frequently now as focal points for their home décor, as a means of scenting the air in a room, for aromatherapy-like relaxation, stress reduction or for parties and celebrations.

In this environment, and whilst candles remain one of the main sources of house fires, testing has become increasingly important to retailers, importers and manufacturers, to minimise risk and ensure that the quality and performance of their candles meet the expectations of today’s consumer.

A trio of European standards has been published in November 2007 to enhance and define the safety performance of candles and to provide a formal means of demonstrating their safety and advising consumers of the hazards inherent with such products: EN 15426:2007 “Candles – Specification for Sooting Behaviour”, EN 15493:2007 “Candles – Specification for Fire Safety” and EN 15493:2007 “Candles – Specification for Fire Safety”. Bureau Veritas’ UK laboratory now has the capability to test candles to European safety standard.

For more information on the testing services offered by Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services UK, please visit or call 01925 854 36.

Watch candle testing in this video.

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