Applus+ Rescoll is a leading material testing and R&D technological partner. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Bordeaux, France, Applus+ Rescoll is a leading material testing and R&D technological partner. In 2023, it passed on to form part of Applus+ Laboratories, a division of the Applus+ Group.

Additionally, Applus+ Rescoll counts with Applus+ Rescoll Manufacturing, a CMO specialized high-precision machining of technical parts and plastic injection in prototyping and mass production with an all-inclusive offer for the medical sector.

Applus+ Rescoll Accreditations

With more than two decades of experience, Applus+ Rescoll has actively grown backed up by its unique qualifications and extensive accredited testing portfolio. Today it has earned a leading reputation in France thanks to its well-equipped laboratories, experts and renowned capabilities fit to meet the most challenging demands of key industry players.

You can consult specific accreditations for each service below.

Applus+ Rescoll Services

Applus+ Rescoll is specialised in chemical analysis, mechanical testing, material and process engineering, with deep expertise in adhesives and coatings. It is highly recognised by leading manufacturers and suppliers for its extensive and accredited testing portfolio and unique qualifications.

Aerospace industry

Dedicated to helping customers develop new technologies to improve product performance, Aplus+ Rescoll has become a trusted partner for the aerospace industry. Its testing and characterization service offer is backed up by NADCAP and ISO 17025 recognised standards.

Testing for aerostuctures

From raw materials, manufacturing and operations, Applus+ Rescoll participates throughout the whole chain of control and qualification of materials in the aerospace industry.

These are some analysis tests that can be carried out according to operating testing procedures. This includes:

  • Specimen manufacturing & machining: This includes prepreg layup for incoming tests, autoclave curing, and specimen machining of parts, panels and bonded assemblies.
  • Thermo-mechanical analysis: Uncured prepreg control, Gel time and viscosity. Determination of resin and fiber content. Curing control by DMA or DSC.
  • Mechanical testing: Both static and fatigue tests. This also includes specimen preparation and instrumentation and testing performed in accordance with AITM, ASTM, ISO and EN standards.
  • Environmental test: Fire testing is conducted to check the flammability, heat release, smoke density and toxicity and oil burner. All of these environmental tests are conducted according to EASA, AIRBUS, FAA, and Boeing requirements.

Testing for interior cabins

Applus+ Rescoll provides interior aircraft cabin certification and testing support, throughout all development stages. Positioned as one of the main laboratories for “interior cabin” testing in Europe, it has received approval from clients such as Airbus, Dassault, and Gulfstream and also counts with NADCAP accreditation.

Aimed at helping clients reduce both costs and time-to-market, its extensive service offer includes:

  • Fire and smoke testing: Fire tests are conducted to check flammability, heat release, smoke density & toxicity and oil burner.
  • Mechanical testing: Mechanical tests are conducted to check static and fatigue tests on specimens, including preparation and instrumentation.
  • Structural and endurance testing: Structural and endurance tests are carried out for static mechanical testing, pitch & roll testing and endurance dynamic testing.
  • Environmental testing: in order to measure temperature and humidity ageing environmental tests are carried out, including altitude tests; fluids susceptibility; vibration, operational and crash safety.

Medical devices and biomaterials

From benchmarking to material and process development, product validation and control and biocompatibility tests, Applus+ Rescoll provides support throughout the whole biomaterial and medical device value chain.

Biocompatibility tests

Its medical device biocompatibility assessments aid manufacturers throughout their validation process and include:

  • In vitro and in vivo studies according to ISO 10993-5, ISO 10993-10 and ISO 10993-11 standards.
  • The preparation of samples and reference materials according to ISO 10993-12.
  • Identification and quantification of degradation products of polymer-based medical devices according to ISO 10993-1.
  • Identification and quantification of degradation products of ceramics according to the ISO 10993-14.
  • Physicochemical, morphological and topographical characterization of materials according to ISO 10993-19.
  • Physicochemical analyses according to ISO 10993-18.

Additionally, these are some of the tests that can be performed under the ISO 10993-18 standard:

  • Metallic and mineral elements analysis by ICP - OES spectroscopy (quantitative multi-element analysis).
  • Gas and liquid chromatography coupled with a mass spectrometer (GCMS), LC-QTOF-MS.
  • Ionic species (anions and cations) and weak acids analysis by ion chromatography.

Cleaning validation process

Applus+ Rescoll conducts routine analysis for cleaning validation according to ISO 19227 standard, these tests are:

  • HCT/TOC analysis according to NF EN 1484 and NF EN ISO 9377-2 standards
  • Analysis by ICP or ion chromatography for inorganic pollutants measurement

Packaging and transport validation

Major test methods can be implemented according to the NF EN ISO 11607-1 standard to assess the performance of sterile packaging, these include:

  • Visual inspection of seals according to ASTM F1886.
  • Manual peeling and seal strength tests according to EN 868-5.
  • Integrity testing by dye penetration according to ASTM F1929.
  • Accelerated ageing tests according to ASTM F1980.
  • Transport tests simulation according to ISTA and ASTM D4169 standards.

Mechanical Testing on orthopaedic implants and biomaterials

Characterization of device integrity according to standard tests or custom designed tests. All tests can be performed in environmental conditions, physiological baths or at specific temperatures and are ISO 17025 accredited.

Its testing capabilities allow to test for: 

  • Static / Fatigue / Creep / Relaxation
  • Traction / Compression / Flexion
  • Shear test
  • Torsion / Rotation
  • Impact test

Additionally, its static and dynamic mechanical test on spinal and orthopaedic implant and assemblies, include:

  • Compression, shear and torsion tests for: bone screw (ASTM F 543), intervertebral body fusion devices (ASTM F2077), nucleus device (ASTM F2789 et ASTM F2346) and spinal implants (ASTM F1717 et ASTM F1798).
  • Subsidence tests and expulsion (ASTM F 2267)
  • Fatigue tests for bone cement (ASTM F2118

Expertise and analytics of materials for medical devices

Applus+ Rescoll offers the following expertise and analysis for medical device materials:

  • Routine analysis.
  • Supplier qualification or QC your material.
  • Identification of organic and inorganic contamination.
  • Identification origin of failure or unmet specifications.
  • Identification of causes (this includes the detection of degradation, ageing, and faults in operational activities).
  • Identification of change in the product or process.
  • Reverse engineering.
  • Audits

Additionally, our cutting-edge equipment allows us to offer a large range of analysis for chemical composition and material properties, including:

  • Residual solvent, residual monomer
  • Residual hydrogen peroxide
  • Elemental analysis/metal traces
  • SEM Microscopy coupled with elemental analysis
  • Thermodynamic properties (DSC, DMA)
  • Polymer molecular weight (SEC)
  • Particle size characterization
  • Surface analysis (roughness, wear, corrosion,...)

CMO manufacturing (subsidiary RESCOLL MANUFACTURING)

Rescoll Manufacturing is a CMO specialised in high-precision machining of technical parts and plastic injection in prototyping and mass production with an all-inclusive offer for the medical sector, this includes:

  • Manufacturing: Equipped with swiss turning, milling and multi-axis CNC Milling machines. This generates a capacity of producing up to 100,000 products/year in different materials (PEEK, POM, Ti, Cobalt, etc.) in a perfectly controlled ISO 13485 environment.
  • Finishing and assembling: After dimensional control, complex implants can be assembled in house.
  • Cleaning and packaging: Rescoll Manufacturing can take charge of the laser marking, cleaning and packaging thanks to its clean room (ISO 7) facilities.

Bondings and adhesives

Based on INDAR INSIDE® technology, the solutions developed by Applus+ Rescoll allow the integration of environmental criteria in product design for bonded assemblies. Available as adhesives and primers, they can be thermally triggered on-demand to allow an easy and clean disassembly, thus facilitating the sorting and recycling  of bonded assemblies, or the recovery of parts for the second-hand market.


Applus+ Rescolll provides coating from design to industrial implementation and paint development for different surfaces, including:

  • Plastics
  • Composites
  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Fabrics


To ensure the long-term durability of materials required for industry and transport, materials are tested under extreme conditions, both in terms of mechanical properties and temperatures.

Backed up by state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and expertise, Applus+ Rescoll participates in the development of new projects integrating bonding technologies, insulating sealants or thermally or electrically conductive materials.

Additionally, it carries out numerous tests on composites, glues, plywood, insulating foams, sealants, assemblies, with the aim of qualifying these products for operators in conjunction with the major contractors who design the systems.

Fire testing of railway interiors

Applus+ Rescoll’s EN 45545 accreditation testing capacities for railways are backed up by leading project engineers specialised in fire testing for railways and a high investment to stay up to date with the latest device testing technology. This includes:

  • Testing for R&D development
  • Involvement in technical working groups to improve test methods (BNF, CEN, EUROLAB)
  • CERTIFER campaign certification.
  • ISO 17025 accreditation by COFRAC

This railway interior fire testing leader can also conduct the following tests under the following accreditations:

  • Cone calorimeter under MAHRE ISO 5660-1
  • Spread of flame under CFE: ISO 5658-2
  • Smoke Density under ISO 5659-2
  • Limit Oxygen Index under ISO 4589-2
  • Smoke Toxicity under EN 17084, and EN 45545-2: 2013 ANNEX C

Physico-chemical analyses

Physico-chemical analyses aid diverse stages, from product assessment, to de-formulating a competitor’s material to comply with regulations or guaranteeing consumer safety. Applus+ Rescoll partners up with customers to provide customised support and expertise.

In the agri-food industry, experienced doctors, engineers and technicians help carry out specific tests and analysis reports that can be essential for International Featured Standard (IFS) and British Retail Consortium (BRC) audits or DGCCRF (Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention) inspections. This also includes the determination of monomers, additives, and heavy metals.

Its Physico-chemical analysis offer includes:

  • Reverse engineering
  • Food compliance
  • Identification of chemicals
  • Non-conformity analysis

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