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Vartest’s Credentials & Information

Vartest Laboratories Inc. is an entirely independent private company located in New York City since 1986.

  • Third party test reports and certificates are provided to a wide range of markets.
  • 99% of tests and evaluations are performed in-house.
  • Vartest operates 52 weeks per year..
  • The Vartest brand is globally recognized.
  • Vartest Client Services and Technical Support are second to none.

In accordance with our accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), Vartest maintains a quality system and quality assurance manual. Week long bi-annual on-site assessments are made by A2LA Assessors who review all technical and management aspects of Vartest’s operations along with procedures for technician’s training, calibration, audits and other internal protocols for each department and test method. Intermediate year documentation checks including review of the Quality Manual and all interlab performance results are submitted to A2LA. Vartest is Lab # 1001 on the Consumer Product Safety Commission List of Approved Testing Laboratories and QLL # 18595 of the D.O.D.

For over 25 years Vartest management have been active members and technical committee participants in the following professional organizations:

  • American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM)
  • American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)
  • National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)
  • International Standards Organization (ISO – SC 38)
  • Association for Contract Textiles (ACT)
  • International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA)

About Vartest

Vartest Laboratories Inc. offers a broad range of quality assurance programs for the physical, chemical, biological, photometric, and microscopical testing and evaluation of fibers, yarns, fabrics, apparel, contract textiles, home furnishings, safety and protective garments, commodities, finishes, pharmaceutical standards, cosmetics, and other related products.

Serving many industries which are required to comply to Federal, State, and other specifications, we are approved by the CPSC as an independent Third Party Laboratory and meet all the requirements of the Federal Trade Commission for Fiber identification, care labeling etc. We perform in-house the entire protocol of tests for high visibility protective clothing listed in the American National Standard ANSI-107 documents and the European, Canadian, and Australian equivalents . A wide range of children’s products such as toys, apparel, and jewelry are tested for conformity to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

We are an entirely independent, nationally and internationally accredited organization having no commercial connections with manufacturers, processors, converters, distributors, or traders. We take pride in performing high caliber tests, evaluations, and services with complete objectivity, impartiality, and confidentiality.

Nine laboratory sections cover the wide range of ASTM, AATCC, JIS, ISO, and AATCC test methods and industry standards including fiber identification and content, physical and chemical testing, colormetrics, biometrics, photometrics, and flammability. Routine maintenance and scheduled calibration of instruments and equipment along with continual employee training ensures consistently accurate test results.

Our well-trained, qualified, and experienced staff of technologists and technicians apply consistent attention to and follow-up on client’s day-to-day requirements plus long-term continuity and assessments of product quality and potential problem areas. We are accredited by several major retailers. Test procedures applied are those established by AATCC, ASTM, ANSI, IMO, The Federal Standard 191 ISO, BSI, JIS, DIN, and other industry recognized commercial methods.

Specialty testing areas include medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and commodity applications.

Vartest is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, an MRA signatory to ILAC.

A range of standard and fast track services are available. Most test reports are supplied by secure email and include color sample graphics.

Payment Policies

Vartest’s approach to product pricing and payment policies combines several factors and is designed to create credible commercial value between the client and company. The process brings into consideration the cost of generating the highest quality of certified test reports from an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited lab with a broad scope of tests, the market value of the results or certification available, and timeliness and follow up of services to assure that complete satisfaction is delivered. This process allows both Vartest and their customer the wherewithal to continually re-invest and strengthen their relationship and their position in the market.

Effective pricing goes far beyond covering costs, and past and future investments. The process involves perspectives of investment in technology, equipment, and employees that will ensure continued survival and growth of the business. The value of our certifications in the market place is certainly no exception, and in fact may be the leading indicator of our future. Vartest reports provide credibility and integrity to our client’s products allowing them to meet their objectives and any third party obligations.

For new clients, those that have not done business within the past six months, all off shore clients, and in the rare circumstance that a test must be sent out-of- house, we require payment in advance of testing. For all test requests that exceed the $1000 level, or have an expected completion time of greater than 3 weeks, a 50% advance deposit is required. For the convenience of the client, we accept Visa, American Express, Mastercard, and wire transfers. This is especially helpful if the client has a need for priority services. Vartest’s terms are “due on receipt.” Our expedited test payment procedure is detailed on the following page.

On occasion we are asked for volume discounts. Cost absorption simply is not realized by higher volume, even of the same method. However, for those clients who test consistently with Vartest, we do offer a marginal discount based on dollar sales that exceed specified levels, depending on the nature of the work being performed. These schedules are developed on an account by account basis.

Priority services are available when technically feasible, with an up-charge of 50% for the next business day (Double Red Label), 25% for second business day (Red Label), and 15% for the third business day (Blue Label).

Vartest is an ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory, accredited by A2LA, and one of the few laboratories with the scope and in house capability that we offer. In addition, consider that:

  • Many of our clients receive their test results next day (Double Red Label priority service)
  • 75% of our clients are repeat customers of many years
  • Over half of our clients come to us by way of referrals

As you look through the market for a laboratory with which to partner, you will find none better and more qualified to fill your needs than Vartest Laboratories.