Serving our clients since 1986
Applied Consumer Services, Inc. has become a well known local laboratory originally founded by Dr. Burch Stewart in 1986 as research and quality control company.
Our mission is to provide technical consulting, chemical, physical, and microbiological analysis and testing of various consumer products. Our service includes quality control, stability study/shelf-life, challenge/performance testing of variety of consumer products, such as foods, beverages, pharmaceuticals, OTC, supplements, cosmetics, beauty products, etc. Additionally, the laboratory conducts forensic investigation and testing, reverse engineering/deformulation and reformulation of novelty products, inventions, patent infringement, feasibility study, failure analysis, and much more.
We strive to give our clients excellent technical services in a wide variety of biological, chemical, physical, and engineering fields.
Our ACSI QA manual is very similar to that required by the Florida Department of Environmental Resources (DERM) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for analyzing water. However, we are primarily a consulting and analytical laboratory for consumer products. Information for conducting, sampling and analysis of pharmaceuticals, herbs, water, foods, cosmetics, textiles, pesticides, wood, minerals, soils, concrete, paints and other materials is given in our QA plan. Chain of custody procedures are used for forensic projects. Records of samples and project files are maintained in logbooks and in special computer programs.
Certification of analytical equipment, balances, spectroscopic instruments, etc. is conducted and recorded on a periodic basis, primarily by outside testing firms. Some spectrometers and chromatographs have built-in calibration capabilities. Equipment such as the gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS), gas chromatography/flame ionization detector (GC/FID), ultraviolet/visible spectrometer (UV/VIS), fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR), high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC), ion chromatograph (IC), and four analytical balances are maintained and calibrated by outside service companies. Our atomic absorption spectrometer (AAS) is checked in-house for accuracy by running recoveries on spiked samples using certified metal standards. Precision of AAS data is checked by running multiple determinations. Other laboratory equipment such as pH meters, ovens, furnaces, humidity chambers, incubators, thermometers, and glassware are calibrated in-house.
Our full Statement of Quality Assurance Plan and references are available upon request.