consumer goods

Working Group Consumer Goods

The field of consumer goods thus encompasses an extraordinarily broad spectrum of differently composed matrices, which represent a challenge from an analytical point of view. For the assessment with regard to health and consumer protection, national and European legal regulations from the areas of food, chemical and product safety law must be taken into account. The working group has the appropriate experts for all areas. The working group was founded in 1979 and currently has 20 active and 25 corresponding members. The members come from the following areas:


  • Manufacturer
  • trade
  • Service provider (private quality control)
  • University
  • Federal agencies
  • consumer goods monitoring

Head of the working group


Dr. Ulrich Leist
Executive Director
German reference office for round robin tests
u. Reference materials GmbH
Bodmanstrasse 4th
87435 Kempten, Germany
Tel .: 0831 960878-78

Deputy and Secretary

Dr. Ines Anderie
Testing and Research Institute Pirmasens (PFI) eV
Chemical analysis and research

Term of office 2021-2023


The working group sees itself as a neutral body that deals with questions of the composition and analysis of consumer goods, as they are mentioned in the Food and Feed Code (LFGB). These are in particular:


  • Materials and objects that come into contact with food
    (e.g. cooking, drinking and eating utensils, packaging materials)
  • Body contact products
    (e.g. clothing including shoes, accessories such as bracelets, ear studs)
  • Toys (for babies, children and adults) and novelty articles
    The mentioned items of daily use can consist of a wide variety of materials, eg. B. glass, ceramic, wood, metal, leather, textile, plastic (e.g. PE, PP, PA, PES, PVC).

In addition:


  • Household chemicals (e.g. detergents, all-purpose cleaners, impregnating agents and finishing agents for textiles)
  • Cleaning agents in food production
  • as well as scented oils to improve the air in the room

These agents can also be dangerous preparations i. P. Act of chemicals law.

Main goals and activities


  • Advice to federal authorities: Elaboration of statements on national and European legal regulations
  • Exchange of information and cooperation with national and international expert bodies (e.g. DIN, CEN, Plastics Commission)
  • Development of analytical methods for the investigation of consumer goods, including round robin tests, discussion of current topics on consumer goods
  • public relations: information consumer goods, publications and statements on selected topics

Current analytical questions


  • Nickel release from metallic objects in contact with the skin
  • Azo dyes in textiles and leather
  • Analysis of chromium (VI) in leather
  • Analysis of sensitizing disperse dyes in textiles
  • Food packaging: Analysis of isopropylthioxanthone (ITX) and food contamination from printed packaging

Current discussion topics


  • Phthalic acid esters in toys
  • Formaldehyde release from wooden puzzles
  • Nanoparticles in detergents and cleaning agents
  • Restriction of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment - analysis and importance for consumer goods
  • Lead-containing costume jewelery for children - investigation procedures, legal regulations

Position papers and publications

Position papers


  • Position paper on the organization of the monitoring of consumer goods: Food chemists are still the experts for food and consumer protection! (2012) ( pdf )
  • Hazardous substances in toys (2008) ( pdf )
  • Position paper on the new regulation of nickel in the Consumer Goods Ordinance, (food chemistry 60, 74, 2006) ( pdf )



  • Chromium (VI) in commodities made of leather (2007) ( pdf )
  • Analysis of flame-retardant textiles, (food chemistry 60, 2 (2006)
  • Analysis of pentachlorophenol (PCP), (food chemistry 59, 52, 2005)

Literature on consumer goods


  • Analysis of consumer goods, LW Kroh (Ed.), 2007, Behr`s Verlag Hamburg
  • consumer goods, A. Montag, 1997, Behr`s Verlag Hamburg
  • Paperback for food chemists, W. Frede (Ed.), 2006, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg


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