Laboratory analysis of counterfeit goods

Your needs : to ensure the authenticity of a product or formulation before starting production or before putting a product on the market

What are counterfeit goods ?

A counterfeit item is a reproduction or imitation of a chemical substance or formulation. In an industrial context, counterfeit goods are produced to create a sense of confusion between the characteristics of the original product (packaging, container, formulation…) and the imitation products (chemical formulation, raw material…)

Counterfeit product affects many industrial fields, such as pharmaceuticals (over 10% of medications in circulation are counterfeits), cosmetics, luxury goods and the production of chemicals as a whole. Counterfeit goods pose a major risk to consumers as they can trigger allergies or have adverse side effects.

How is counterfeit identified and subsequently analyzed ?

From the reception of raw materials to the production line, all the way to the finished product, the increasing amount of counterfeit goods is leading companies to strengthen their expertise of the composition and traceability of their products.

To verify that a product is actually what it is labeled to be, support from an analytical laboratory will make it possible to detect fraudulent or toxic substances, to quantify them and to file a report concluding on whether or not the product is compliant. 

Our solution : to lead a complete analytical investigation of your products by studying their chemical composition

Our services

Equipped with diverse and cutting-edge analytical facilities, FILAB laboratory is able to verify that your industrial products comply with relevant standards and can detect counterfeit compounds to prove that a product is an imitation.

Each compound suspected of being a counterfeit is subjected to various tests conducted by our experts :

  • Chemical composition analysis
  • Trace residue analysis of toxic substances
  • Packaging expertise
  • Analysis of container/contents interactions and of migration phenomena
  • Surface analysis using Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Chromatographic composition analysis (GC-MS or LC-MS/MS)
  • Impurity detection using NMR or ICP
  • Identification of prohibited organic compounds
  • Product reverse engineering

The centralization and combination of these tools will make it possible to quickly and precisely overcome industrial challenges relating to counterfeit goods of any kind. 


As an independent laboratory with a team made up of highly qualified personnel, FILAB guarantees the reliability of its results, a quick turnaround for requests and tailored support for clients.

Anaïs DECAUX Customer Support Manager
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