Whether your company produces thousands of items an hour or one item a day, you will need the right packaging to bring your products to the customers. Some products will need to have specific packages which have been tested by a competent authority, but how do you find out which ones? The easiest way to get the right packaging and approvals is to understand some of the basics of the process such as what a competent authority is, what types of materials and packages there are and where to find everything that you need.
What Is a Competent Authority?
A competent authority is someone who has the right certifications from the government to inspect and approve packages, particularly those for materials or items which can be considered hazardous. Is authority will have specific training and certifications to let the applicable government agencies, both domestic and internationally, know that the package has been tested to the most stringent standards. In many cases you will need to have competent authority approval to package and ship materials such as pharmaceuticals, batteries and corrosive liquids.
Why Packages Are Tested?
Some items and materials will be considered hazardous or even sensitive. These will need to be packaged in such a way that the items will not be harmed or will not cause harm to the surroundings. One example of this is acids. Acids are used for many different things including manufacturing, cleaning and art, which means that they are needed all over the world and will need to be shipped. If the packaging used on these acids is a material that is reactive with them, then you can have a potentially explosive situation. This is why packages are tested and rated against many different dangers both internally and externally.
Package testing is necessary for the safety and security of your items as well as the things that those items encounter. This is used in industries such as pharmaceuticals and food production and can be required by law for some substances.