NEW: Flexible Scope


During the last BELAC audit, we succeeded in obtaining the extension of the 056-TEST scope to include a section of measurement techniques under 'flexible scope'. This allows us to perform certain new tests or standards under accreditation by self-approval.

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Download the pdf to consult the groups of tests and associated products and measured properties covered by the flexible scope


Testing of textiles and plastics - from raw material to finished product - by an independent and accredited laboratory not only results in an important competitive advantage but is also proof of one's respect of consumer safety and well-being.

Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so. Galileo Galilei

The BELAC EN ISO/IEC 17025 accredited Centexbel laboratories are known for their: 

  • vast testing offer including several tests that are unique in Europe
  • professional advice
  • thorough knowledge and follow-up of international standardisation and legislation
  • continuous updating and expansion of testing equipment, testing methods, and database of chemical compounds
  • accredited tests involving an annual severe audit of all our laboratories
  • conditions in conformity with the market

Specific conditions for testing activities

Department of Mobility & Public Works (Flanders/BE)

Certificate of designation as technical service

Carpet wear - changes in appearance

Testing and evaluation of changes in appearance by means of Vetterman drum and hexapod tumbler tester

Castor chair test

Evaluation of the change of appearance and stability of a textile floor covering or any damage caused by detachment of layers, opening of joints, or crazing of a resilient or laminate floor covering under the movement of a castor chair.
ISO 4918: Resilient, textile and laminate floor coverings - Castor chair test
EN 425: Resilient and Laminate Floor Coverings - Castor Chair Test

Characterization of recycled plastics and textiles

Recycling is key in the transition to a circular economy. Therefore Centexbel expands its lab equipment to characterize recyclates or to assess the recyclability of materials.

Charpy & Izod Impact tests

There are two types of test use for testing the Impact resistance of any material one is Izod Impact resistance test and other is Charpy Impact resistance test. Both of them use the same principle to test the Impact resistance of any material but still there are may difference in them and our today's article will show these difference between Izod and Charpy Impact testing

Chemical safety of textiles and plastics

The globalisation of the textile and plastic converting industry makes it increasingly difficult and complex to control the production flow and to exactly know the products (chemicals) that have been used. Morevover, consumers and their organisations want to be informed about the composition of the products they buy and demand that they do not contain harmful substances.

Colour fastness

Colour fastness is an important demand and refers to the resistance of colour to fade or bleed of a dyed or printed textile materials to various types of influences including water, light, rubbing, washing, perspiration, etc. to which they are normally exposed during textile manufacturing and in daily use.

Colour fastness to hand sanitizer

The massive use of alcohol-containing hand sanitizers may affect the colour fastness of textiles that are touched by disinfected hands: clothing, upholstery and bedding textiles.

Comfort assessment

The comfort of textiles and garments is the result of both psychological aspects (design, fit, quality, aesthetics) and physiological aspects, including thermophysiological and sensorial (softness, suppleness) comfort. Thermophysiological comfort is the result of the heat and moisture transfer through the textile that will regulate the body’s temperature, and is an important feature in clothing and especially in sportswear and professional (protective) clothing.

Composite materials

Polymer composites are made from a textile reinforcement in a polymer matrix. Centexbel-VKC dispose of the adequate equipment and material expertise to perform detailed analyses of fibre reinforced composites and the materials they are are made from.

Coronavirus community mask - testing

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of washable fabric face masks is recommended for the population. What criteria can apply to these masks to provide optimal protection?

Lab addresses

Technologiepark 70 - BE 9052 Zwijnaarde

  • PPE
  • Carpets
  • Community masks
  • Other textiles for chemical, physical and burning behaviour test

Rue du Travail 5 - BE 4460 Grâce-Hollogne

  • Medical devices and masks
  • Materials for microbiological tests
  • Laser resistance, electrical conductivity, thermo-physiological comfort tests, etc

Etienne Sabbelaan 49 - BE 8500 Kortrijk

  • Plastics: virgin and recycled granulates, plastic products