Member Resource: Product Testing


Dear Members,

Following recent inquiries from our members asking for more information about product testing, The Vision Council is providing you with a list of our members who provide such services. They are listed alphabetically below with their company descriptions and contact information.

We hope you find this information useful. Please continue to contact me with any questions.

Michael Vitale
Senior Technical Director & Lens Division Liaison
Phone – 703-548-2684

AI-etic is an independent third party testing lab and inspection service provider specialized in eyewear products. The AI-etic eyewear lab is situated in Hong Kong and accredited by HOKLAS for its compliance to ISO/IEC 17025 international laboratory management system on their eyewear testing capabilities (spectacles / sunglasses / ski & sport use goggles / swimming goggles / safety use eye protectors / prescription lenses, etc.). We are also able to provide chemical tests related eyewear products against concerns raised by REACH Directive (Europe) and California Proposition 65 (USA).

For more information, contact Candia Tse at or visit

Certottica is the Italian Certification Institute for Personal Protective Equipment for eyes and face, notified in Bruxelles with the identification number 0530 and authorized by the Italian Ministry of Development and by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to issue EC Type-Examination Certificates for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

In addition, Certottica laboratories are accredited since 2009 by Accredia, the National Institute for the accreditation of certification laboratories.

Certottica core business is the tests and the issue of the test reports, according to the main International standards, on all the eyewear PPE of Class I and Class II categories and Class 1 medical devices, such as: sunglasses, ski goggles, motorcycle goggles, swimming goggles, safety eyewear, spectacle frames, reading glasses and ophthalmic lenses.

Certottica, as active member in the UNI, CEN and ISO committees, plays an active role in the definition and development of standards at international level.

For further information regarding the list of standards we test to, please contact Tiziana Gabas at or +39 0437 57 31 57.

Colts Laboratories
COLTS is staffed with ABO certified opticians so we understand your needs and can match them with our test procedures. This allows us to help you interpret the results to make the best decisions for your patients.
We are ISO 17025 accredited to many national and international standards (ANSI Z80.1, Z80.3 ANSI Z87.1, ISO 12312, ISO 8980). We offer industry standard tests as well. This includes but is not limited to Bayer and Tumble abrasion, QUV Exposure, spectral analysis including blue light. COLTS offers proprietary tests such as the Real-Life Simulation for AR. We have current market data available with many of our tests to show your score versus our 3 year running data.

COLTS provides Quality programs for Rx prescription evaluations and monitoring your incoming/vendor product quality. Quality programs come with COLTS Performance Seal for use in marketing and advertising.

COLTS also offers FDA drop ball testing and program for compliance, Safety Rx high impact testing and program.

For more information, contact Greg Williams at or (727)725-2323.

ICS Laboratories, Inc.
ICS Laboratories, Inc. was established in 1995 to provide testing and conformity assessment services for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and related devices. We are the leading independent laboratory in North America for PPE and one of the foremost in the world. As a specialist facility, our reputation for expertise, competence and client service is unrivaled.

Although specialized, the range of PPE products we address mandates the facilitation of a broad array of material characterizations. Our expertise includes thin film surface characterizations, environmental (solar, temperature, humidity) simulation, evaluation of stress, strain compression, restitution, and mechanical impact, advanced spectroscopy (UV, VIS and IR) and geometric optics

Specific to the interests and needs of Vision Council members, ICS provides accredited testing and certifications for products such as Sports/Recreational Protective Eyewear (ASTM & EN), Occupational Protective Eyewear (ANSI & EN), Sunglasses (ANSI & EN/ISO) and OTC Readers (ANSI & EN/ISO).

Contact Shelley Brady - or Keith Whitten - or call 330-220-0515. Website

NSL Analytical
Since 1945, NSL Analytical Services, an independent ISO 17025 laboratory, has helped customers verify the highest standards of material quality, performance and safety in their products.

NSL Analytical has earned its reputation as a leader in the testing of production and process materials by providing data that meets or exceeds the most exacting standards of companies, government agencies, and researchers worldwide. We dedicate ourselves to partnering with customers to solve their challenges by providing valuable data and insight into their process and product.

NSL Analytical offers Ophthalmic Performance Testing Services with reliable, results to ensure you are providing the best quality, performance and safety for consumers. Offerings include: Abrasion Resistance & Adhesion, Impact Resistance, Surface Analysis & Curvatures, Luminous Transmittance, Photochromic & Sunglass Testing, Material & Surface Quality, Hydrophobic Properties, Simulation of Environmental Exposure, Regulatory Compliance, Chemical Content and Failure Analysis.

For more information, contact Melissa Gorris at or (800)497-6752.

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