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California Lab Approved for CPSIA Testing

Published January 13, 2009

EL SEGUNDO, CA (BRAIN)—ACT Lab LLC, an independent testing facility for the bicycle industry, recently received the accreditation necessary to serve as a third-party lab for tests required by the Consumer Product Safety Information Act.

The ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation is the international standard that specificies competency to carry out tests, calibrations and sampling.

“The accreditation of our firm has added great value to the organization,” said John Bogler, ACT founder and general manager. “Although we have been performing helmet, bicycle and product testing for some time, our accreditation will allow us to better serve our customers and their industries while adhering to highest quality standards and regulations.”

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 mandates that products manufactured for children undergo third-party testing from an accredited independent facility to monitor lead and phthalates in paints, plastics and composites.

ACT already works with many companies in the bike industry and is in conversations with new suppliers and manufacturers. Work is about two to three weeks out for new test jobs.

ACT was launched last year as a spin-off from the well-established forensics engineering and consulting firm Collision and Injury Dynamics, which has been working with many of the bicycle industry’s top suppliers for years.

Matthew Pfeffer is heading up ACT's new operation in Taicang, China near Shanghai. Pfeffer brings many years of product testing and compliance experience to ACT, most recently with Trek, where he spent 10 years as global quality testing manager. While there, Pfeffer's main responsibility was to oversee product testing and facility operations of Trek Taiwan.

“Matt is the perfect person to manage our day-to-day operations in Asia,” Bogler said. “Matt has tremendous experience and an outstanding reputation, is a contributing member of such organizations as the American Society for Testing and Materials and the European Committee for Standardization. We are confident he will achieve the best results for our customers abroad.”

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