An Oddy Test is a procedure developed to determine the safety of materials used in contact/close proximity to delicate art objects.
Benchmark contracts with outside conservators who perform testing to assure that our products are non-reactive. Oddy testing is, by its nature, subjective. Testing protocols vary among institutions, and one conservator may approve what another would find unacceptable.
When we submit a product to Oddy testing, there are long discussions with our manufacturers about the consistency of their materials and processes. Their assurances aside, it’s always difficult to say whether a material’s formulation might change slightly, or how stringently spec guidelines are followed. We do what we can from our end to maintain consistency in materials and making.
Benchmark is currently submitting many of our products for re-testing. We are pleased to have recently found a new conservator to work with us on updating our testing. We expect to start posting new results as soon as they come in. Please check back here to learn the results.