SGS Consumer Testing Services has announced that it will offer package integrity testing for medical devices and pharmaceutical products.

The new service measures the protection capability, durability and environmental sustainability of product containers, secondary packaging and transit packaging.

The tests are available at any stage of package design, from new concept development to final design selection.

“Companies in these industries can now have all of their package testing needs – from heavy metal/impurity detection and biocompatibility evaluation to physical performance and sustainability assessment – handled by a single source,” said Rob Parrish, managing director for SGS in the US.

Product container materials are checked for adherence to industry-standard physical, chemical and biological specifications, designed to maintain product quality.

Secondary and transit packaging durability is tested by mimicking shipping and handling conditions. This includes testing for drop, stacking and weight loading, vibration, incline impact, extreme pressure changes, temperature, humidity and weathering per ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards.

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SGS can also assess the environmental credentials of packaging. This includes carbon footprint, material toxicity and lifecycle impact from raw materials sourcing to disposal.