In industries such as the medical device, pharmaceutical, life science and food & beverage markets, testing product packaging and seal integrity, sterility and shelf life is a critical element in bringing it to market safely and with confidence.
The impact of laboratory test results goes far beyond the product development stage as they can touch the daily lives of us all. Testing is therefore a vital step as it enhances the public confidence in a company’s products. Consequently, if a company decides to outsource its testing, it should look for laboratories that can provide this service with the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.
What is laboratory accreditation?
Laboratory accreditation is achieved by a third-party assessment of a Calibration or Testing laboratory by the Laboratory Accreditation Body. This assessment is used to evaluate a laboratory’s compliance with the requirements of any applicable accreditation policies.
Accreditation provides assurance that a company is adhering to internationally recognised standards. For calibration and testing laboratories, that standard is ISO/IEC 17025. Laboratories accredited with ISO/IEC 17025 have demonstrated that they are technically proficient and able to produce precise and accurate test data.
What’s the main benefit of using an accredited laboratory?
A company is minimising the risk by ensuring that it is choosing a technically competent lab that has a sound quality system in place. It enhances confidence in the product by assuring that it has been thoroughly evaluated by an independent, competent testing laboratory assessed by a third party and where testing is performed to recognised international standards.
Customers searching for an ISO 17025 accredited company needn’t look beyond Bemis Laboratory Services
Bemis Laboratory Services is an independent testing facility within Bemis Healthcare Packaging Europe. Established in 2009 and accredited by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) to ISO / IEC 17025 it provides a comprehensive range of testing services combined with industry-leading technical expertise & customer support. These testing services include Accelerated and Real-Time Aging, Package and Material Testing, Transportation Testing, Analytical & Material Testing for the following industries:
- Medical Device
- Life Science
- Food & Beverage
Bemis Laboratory Services – tests offered:
We advise customers on all the transportation testing required to meet regulatory requirements and provide detailed reports on the performance of the package. At Bemis Laboratory Services, we carry out the following Transportation Testing:
- Drop Testing
- Compression Testing
- Fixed Displacement Vibration
- Random Vibration
- High Altitude Simulation
- Concentrated Impact Testing
Accelerated & Real-Time Aging
We offer our customers Accelerated and Real-Time aging testing at our independent certified laboratory that meets their specific requirements. Accelerated Aging over a shorter time frame shows how a package and product performs in real-time. Real-Time Aging is carried out, in a secure, monitored location, as evidence that the packaging provides a sterile barrier for the defined lifetime of the product.
Package & Seal Integrity
Our package and seal integrity tests are used to verify that after transportation and age studies that a seal remained intact. Our package and seal tests include:
- Seal Strength Testing
- Burst Testing
- Dye Penetration Testing
- Bubble Leak Testing
Material Analytical Testing
At Bemis Laboratory Services we offer a range of analytical testing services, which include:
- Differential Scanning Calorimetry. DSC testing characterises the thermal behaviour of polymeric materials.
- Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. FTIR spectrum provides a chemical fingerprint.
All our material analytical testing is carried out to meet our customer’s specific needs.
Material Testing is an important step when selecting new materials. The test information gathered allows customers to compare materials and select the most suitable application/combination. Our Material Testing Services:
- Slow Rate Penetration
- Free-falling Dart
How can our laboratory services help you?
As well as our accredited testing we can also help our customers by freeing up their internal resources and provide expertise & advice along with the fast completion of key projects.