Package Review

Overview

UL's package reviews help determine the suitability of packaging materials in accordance with regulatory demands, industry standards and consumer expectations for safety and quality. We offer a full spectrum of bottle, container and closure testing services aimed at meeting our customers' quality assurance needs across the global marketplace.

Definition

In our state-of-the-art facilities, UL's regulatory affairs consultants, microbiologists and chemists use established testing methodologies to assess safety and quality. Our testing processes are designed to help our customers achieve their specified goals for product packaging performance.

The tests we perform include:

  • Multilayer bottles
  • Torque
  • Toxics in packaging
  • Heavy metals analysis – NERC state-mandated regulations
  • Dimensional analysis
  • ISTA Project – 1A, 2A, 1C, 2D, 2E

We test to the following standards:

  • USP <381> – Elastomeric Closures for Injections
  • USP <661> – Plastics
  • USP <671> – Performance
  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 21, Parts 170-199 – Food Contact Articles
Benefits

UL's packaging testing is centered on meeting applicable standards and providing quality assurance checks designed to help mitigate product packaging risks.


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PRODUCTS THIS SERVICE APPLIES TO

Apparel, textiles, dietary supplements, food, beverages, health and beauty care, OTC/pharmaceuticals, premiums and promotional products, store brands/private labels, toys, nursery and children's products  

APPLICABLE STANDARDS

EU Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical (REACH) Substances Addresses the production and use of chemical substances and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment by streamlining and improving the former legislative framework on chemicals of the European Union (EU)
EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC Provides foundation of toy safety legislation and enforcement in the European market
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive Restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment
National General Safety Technical Code for Textile Products (GB 18401)/Other GB Standards Intended to control the hazardous substances in textile products, improve textile product quality, ensure basic safety and health, and enforce the general safety and technical specifications for clothes and decorative textiles sold in China
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 Authorizes a variety of new regulations and testing requirements for children’s products and some non-children’s products
U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Convention
USP <381> – Elastomeric Closures for Injections
Physicochemical testing
U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Convention
USP <661> – Plastics
Physicochemical testing; polypropylene containers; polyethylene containers; PET and PETG containers
U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Convention
USP <671> – Performance
Multiple-unit containers for capsules/tablets (unopened market containers, closure systems without seals, containers under condition of use, prescription vials without closures); multiple-unit and unit-dose containers for capsules/tablets (unit-dose pouches, blister packs, punch-out cards); multiple-unit and unit-dose containers for liquids (unopened market containers; containers under condition of use); light transmission
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 21, Parts 170-199 – Food Contact Articles Resinous coatings (21 CFR 175.300); polystyrene (21 CFR 177.1640); paper and paperboard (21 CFR 176.170); polyethylene and polypropylene (21 CFR 177.1520); nylon (21 CFR 177.1500); PET (21 CFR 177.1630); assessment of additional sections of 21 CFR available upon request

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